Negative thoughts can be pretty consuming, and the problem with them is once they start to creep in it’s really hard to put an end to them. As an entrepreneur these negative thoughts can really mess with your vision and ability to succeed. Every belief and habit was formed through repetition in the subconscious mind, and we have the power to replace them with news ones the same way.
It’s important to learn to replace your negative self-talk with positive affirmations instead. A positive mindset is a process for most people, it doesn’t just happen. You must be willing to open your mind and accept the fact that you have something special to offer the world.
Here are 3 ways to reprogram your mind for success and start making your business goals and dreams a reality thanks to positive thinking.
These are techniques you can use at home or even when you’ve got those extra few minutes to spare at work. They will take practice but once you get the hang of it, it will become a habit to start thinking this way and then you’ll see you are suddenly looking at things in a much more positive way.
This is actually a good technique to use when it comes to your start-up business. If you’ve ever heard of a dream board, this is the same idea. It’s about making a picture in your mind of how you want your business to look and perform. We aren’t talking about the initial set-up, rather the end product. Visualize how your business will help customers, how big your customer base is, the pride of looking back on the success of your business, how big your brand is, etc. Dream big, because that’s what visualization is all about.
By dreaming big you’ll be thinking positive thoughts, and then putting out positive energy. We often get back what we project to others and how they see us throughout the day. For example, have you ever noticed how people smile more when they are having a good day? People are drawn to a genuine smile and react to what they see with positive comments and enthusiasm. This is positive energy and emotions at work which can lead to opportunities and success in your business and life.
Visualization works as your subconscious mind starts to accept it as a reality. After this happens your actions start to change, as do your habits all to coincide with your positive visualization and how you project yourself to others.
Positive Affirmations/Positive Self-Talk
Positive affirmations and positive self-talk is another mindset exercise. I have negative thoughts each day but I don’t let them dominate my life. Positive daily affirmations have been used by millions of people as an effective tool to change the way they think and act. This takes a little practice at first but before you know it this technique becomes second nature and alters your actions, thoughts, and habits. This technique is defined as “statements which affirm something to be true”. A person needs to repeat a positive phrase, or phrases, over and over again on a daily basis.
There are all kinds of sources for positive affirmations, there’s no need to come up with them on your own. With just a quick search on the internet you’ll find a massive amount to choose from. eWorkSuccess offers a free audio with upbeat music with affirmations to help aspiring solopreneurs and entrepreneurs develop a positive business mindset. This is all about repetition and giving yourself the opportunity to release the negative self talk and embrace the possibilities in your life. Examples include:
– I trust my inner wisdom and intuition.
– I refuse to give up because I haven’t yet tried all the options.
– I was born to be an entrepreneur.
– I am full of ideas and drive.
– I will be successful in my business venture.
As soon as you wake up in the morning you can start with a positive affirmation, then use them throughout the day whenever you feel those negative thoughts trying to slip in. Another good habit to get into is ending your day with a positive affirmation. Ending your day on a positive note can help you sleep better and help you to wake up in a positive frame of mind. You can listen to audio affirmations in addition to reading and saying affirmations to yourself. Repetition is the key.
Meditation is all about self-awareness in that particular moment in time. You could say it’s living in the moment if you will. Meditation is a practice that has been around since 5th BC and is a learned technique. Through practice you can learn how to train your mind to rid it of outside interference, thoughts, worries, and stress. This includes breathing exercises and reaching a state of “quiet” and “calmness”. There are classes, tutorials, videos, and books that can take you through the steps and from there it’s all about practice makes perfect. Meditation can instantly help to calm you, which can be important before heading into that big meeting, or taking on a busy stressful day. What’s great about this technique is that it can be applied not just to your start-up business but also all aspects of your life.
Meditation can take as short or as long of time as you wish. You can perform it each morning, during your lunch break, before bed, whenever you like. By clearing your mind you’ll be banishing any negativity and stress, which leaves your mind open to let the positive thoughts back in.
The Road to Success
The road to success is dotted with all kinds of unexpected obstacles. Take the time to learn more and reprogram your mind for success, then you’ll be able to handle these obstacles with ease.