If you’re thinking of starting a business, I am so excited for you. There are millions of people who’ve never had that thought cross their mind, yet here you are with a dream in your heart to step out on your own and do something different.
If you’re feeling excited and scared, I know how you feel. Growing up, all I knew was that I was supposed to get a job working for a great company. I would need to work hard for promotions and raises, which would eventually lead to my success.
With so many entrepreneurs in the world now, I discovered that my OWN success could actually look very different from what I’d always believed. I struggled for years to find the perfect job that fulfilled my passion.
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That’s when I knew I needed to create that job for myself. I knew that it would take time, money, and planning, but I also realized that the key to successfully starting my own business was developing an entrepreneurial mindset.
What is an entrepreneurial mindset, and why is it important?
If your heart aches to create something that is all yours, guess what? You’re already an entrepreneur! Now all that’s left to do is start thinking like one.
An entrepreneurial mindset is a way of thinking that drives your ability to believe in yourself and make challenging business decisions. It’s the understanding that you are in charge of your destiny. It’s so important because it affects your ability to accept and adapt to the outcome of your decisions.
An entrepreneur views a challenge as an opportunity, and failure is simply a lesson learned. Your mindset is what drives you to learn from your mistakes, improve your skills, and continue to innovate on how you can improve your business.
1. Find your purpose
The first thing I need you to do is think of your “why.” Why do you want to create this business? If it’s just for money, you might be surprised to know that that won’t be enough of a motivator to really drive you to create the best business possible.
Your “why” needs to come from your heart.
It needs to be the reason why you’re getting out of bed in the morning! You need to be excited to jump into your business each day. I found my purpose, which was to help entrepreneurs grow their businesses and reach their full potential. I knew they had the dream and the passion; they simply lacked the tech and design resources to fully bring their vision to life! Find your purpose and your life as an entrepreneur will be so much more fulfilling. Where there is passion and purpose, money is never far behind. It just comes naturally!
2.Prioritize your self-care
When you become your own boss, the only person looking out for you is you. It can be very easy to forget to nurture yourself when you’re so busy nurturing your new business. It’s essential to prioritize your self-care so your life of entrepreneurship is sustainable. Just because you can work all the time doesn’t mean you should. It’s important to set boundaries for yourself so you don’t burn out.
Here are some things that you need to make time for as a busy entrepreneur:
Get enough sleep.
A tired mind is a healthy mind. You’ll need to be well-rested to face challenges and adapt to different outcomes.
Create a workspace.
If you’re constantly working from the couch, kitchen table, or your bed, you’ll start to notice that you feel the need to work when you’re in those spaces. I know from experience that this creates an unhealthy work ethic!
Solution: Create a designated space in your home, whether it’s an office or a desk in the corner, and make it yours. It’s important to have an area that you love and are excited to go to! You also need it, so you’re able to shut down your computer and walk away at the end of the way.
Spend time with people.
Don’t get so wrapped up in your business that you forget to make time for genuine human connection! It’s so easy to get caught up in this new exciting endeavor but remember that it’s still so important to live a happy life outside of your work. Call your mom to catch up, send your bestie a text message to say hello. Never underestimate the power that your loved ones can have on your mood (and you on theirs)!
3. Don’t make room for doubt.
As the owner of your business, you need to believe in yourself. Doubt will impede your decision-making and will only hold you back from fulfilling your purpose! I know what it’s like to feel impostor syndrome, and I want you to know that you’re not alone.
Pivoting from the traditional 9-5 mindset is scary, but it’s only because it’s unfamiliar. You are capable of achieving your goals, and remember that mistakes are just a learning tool. I learned that it’s impossible to fail if you continue to persevere. Download the affirmations for entrepreneurs that we’ve prepared just for this.
4. Understand your unique value
You are unique, and there is no one else in this world like you. Businesses and services may be similar, but no two entrepreneurs are alike. There will always be clients that need what you’re offering in a way that only you can offer it. You bring your unique personality and life experiences to your business. That is something that cannot be replicated.
Step into your winning and purposeful mindset today
You can start to develop your entrepreneurial mindset as early as today. The only thing you need to do to get started with these four simple steps is to believe in yourself. I was in your shoes once, and I genuinely believe that anyone who desires to make a positive difference in someone’s life can become an entrepreneur. I know how intimidating it can be to start a business, so we created this freebie to help inspire and motivate you on your journey to becoming a successful entrepreneur.