“One capability every business is expected to have is the capability to make money. It requires a certain kind of discipline, a certain kind of mindset.” Steve Ballmer
What attitudes and mindsets help support business success and what kinds of thinking and beliefs can get in our way?
Life in the Creativerse
Eben Pagan “has studied and interviewed hundreds of millionaire and billionaire entrepreneurs, and has built ten online brands and businesses to a million dollars in sales himself.”
In a section of his book OPPORTUNITY he writes about the current “imagine and create it” reality and the “Creativerse” as a a defining mindset:
“Ray Kurzweil, the brilliant futurist, believes that within a few decades, we will have extended our minds into the computer cloud and be able to use this ‘extended neocortex’ to design and make anything we want instantly.”
[One of his books: How to Create a Mind.]
Pagan adds, “We’ll be able to imagine something, activate nanoscale additive manufacturing technology (think 3D printing, but at the atomic level), and literally construct what we want to create in real-time.”
Pagan acknowledges this may “sound far-fetched”, but continues:
“You don’t need to believe in Kurzweil’s timeline or specific predictions to see the underlying trend.
“We have all been moving more and more quickly towards an ‘imagine and create it’ reality.
“A place where we envision what we want in our minds, and then use knowledge, technology and other resources to manifest what we are thinking.
“More and more, we are selecting, shaping, designing, or outright creating the environments, tools and other resources around us.
“I believe that this pattern points to something fundamental about the nature of the reality we live in.
“We were born into a world that seems to want us to create what we first imagine in our minds.
“It is a reality that is spectacularly friendly to creative design and manifestation.
“And because more of us are getting access to the ideas, tools, technologies, and resources to do this, I believe this idea of the Creativerse is a defining mindset to take on in order to generate the success we want for ourselves.
“It will be a fundamental frame that underlies the ideas in this book.”
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In a section of the book, he addresses emotions:
“As we’ve learned, we humans come wired with both a mammal emotional and social system, and also a reptilian survival and sexual system.
“One of the consequences of these base layers of our and psyches is that the situations we find ourselves in are more and more complex.
“They require increasingly counterintuitive responses and adaptations in order to cope with and thrive in the face of them.
“When we are overtaken by an emotional rush, it changes us into a different version of ourselves, often without us even realizing it.
“When we are really activated or triggered, it can cause us to do something that actually sabotages our long-term success.”
The photo at top is from the video below for the free Brain-A-Thon personal development event – “Upgrade your mindset and confidence about money.”
The event host John Assaraf is “author of two New York Times bestselling books, has built five multi-million dollar companies, and is CEO of NeuroGym, which develops neuroscience-based brain training programs to help individuals and corporations maximize their fullest potential.”
The caption for a photo on his Facebook page about the Brain-A-Thon asks:
“How would your life change if you had the same mental edge and mindset that NASA astronauts, Navy seals, Olympic athletes, race car drivers, and famous performers use to perform at the highest levels in their fields?
“Recent brain science breakthroughs hold the key for helping you unlock your brain’s potential to be a higher achiever in life.”
Self-esteem and self-acceptance and self-talk and life success
In a post on his Neurogym site, John Assaraf writes about some aspects of mindset including self-concept:
Even if you already know how to make more money because you have the knowledge and the skills . . . if you don’t value yourself and have the belief that you are worthy, then you’re going to struggle to achieve your full potential and financial well-being.
Either that or you’ll achieve success but then sabotage it because the success outside doesn’t match what you believe you deserve on the inside. Make sense?”
From his post “3 Valuable Techniques to Help You Develop the Mindset of a Millionaire.”
Another post on the site addresses how various beliefs and other aspects of mindset may drive procrastination
Denise Angelle Kinsley writes about “4 telltale signs you’re a true procrastinator”:
And due to all this negative self-talk from the saboteur in your head, your self-esteem and self-worth have suffered . . . allowing you to put the most important things on the back burner.
2. You’re a bit of a perfectionist. You say things like: It has to be perfect. If I do well this time, I must always do well. If it’s not done right, it’s not worth doing at all.
3. You have a fear of something (i.e., failure, success, rejection, and/or the unknown). An irrational fear that leads to self-doubt is so common that it has a name: the Impostor Syndrome.
Many entrepreneurs, academics, authors, and artists, at some point in their careers, worry that that on some level they’re frauds—that they haven’t truly earned their place at the table. This, of course, is not true.
Read more in her article: This Is the Best Way to Overcome Procrastination.
Some of my related articles on these topics:
My Crap by entrepreneur coach Heather Dominick –
“One of the teachings I share with my Business Miracles Members frequently is that if you want a fast track to personal growth, start a business.
“(Especially if you’re highly sensitive).
“And that’s what I got in my first year of being self-employed, for sure. All my crap came up right in front of my face quite quickly and I realized I had a lot of limiting beliefs to deal with such as:
my beliefs about money
my beliefs about marketing and selling
my beliefs about my own abilities
and a whole lot more…
“I knew I needed more than my spiritual practice to support me. I needed something tangible, track-able, something I could see and feel and observe day in and day out. So I could SEE that change was occurring.
“That’s when the Belief Transformation Tool was born.”
From post “My Crap” November 02, 2016 by Heather Dominick, “founder and leader of the Highly Sensitive Entrepreneur® movement.”
Visit her site to read the full post (in the blog section) and learn about her workshops and other resources:
Christian Mickelsen “helps personal coaches reach clients, grow successful businesses and make a difference in the world.”
Now a millionaire coach and business mentor, he says,
“I have found that over 90% of my success came from the inside. Essentially, a lot of what I had to overcome from being poor was my poor mindset.”
Here is a short video with some of his perspectives:
What people are saying about his book:
“Abundance Unleashed is a must read for everyone that wants a better life. In it you’ll discover the secrets for tapping into your greatest power and manifesting your biggest dreams, desires, and goals. I give this book my highest recommendation.” – T. Harv Eker, Author, N.Y. Times #1 Bestseller, Secrets of the Millionaire Mind.
“Abundance Unleashed is an inspiring guide full of important information for those of us who want to enjoy true abundance in not just one – but in all – areas of life.” – Jack Canfield, Coauthor of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series and The Success Principles.
Get his book: Abundance Unleashed
See more articles and resources on his site:
See more in article Christian Mickelsen – Business Success and Money Mindset Health.
Mastering a new mindset
Christian Mickelsen writes in an article on his site about the values of mindset mastery:
I believe your success is inevitable. Like the saying goes, “If you want something you’ve never had, you must do something you’ve never done.”
Over the last 15 years as a coach and business owner, I can tell you it’s true and more often than not it has to do with mastering a new mindset.
Powerful mindsets make you feel more confident and more at ease which allows you to move forward and grow your business quickly and easily.
With a powerful mindset, you can…
- Dive into a new project with genuine enthusiasm and focus
- Make smarter business decisions when it comes to investing in your business
- Step up in new ways that serve and help more people
- Wipe the slate clean of any hiccups or mishaps that might’ve happened in the past
- Surprise yourself with how much you can accomplish
- Propel your business forward in ways you may have once thought impossible
Check out the 5 mindset resources below…
See the rest of the article “5 Mindsets To Master To Make Your Success Inevitable”
on his site ChristianMickelsen.com
Does healthy mindset mean “Positive Thinking”?
How many times have you heard the importance of “mindset” in our industry?
Probably several times since “positive thinking” is one of the pillars of coaching.
The problem with positive thinking is that even if we think positive thoughts, it’s not
going to do the trick unless the negative thoughts are addressed because they’re still in there undermining your success.
You see, positive thinking is right that you’re more likely to succeed with positive thoughts, but if deep down a part of you believes in the negative thoughts, and you just keep trying to flood your mind with the positive without ever addressing the negative, you’re self-sabotaging.
See the rest of his article Never make this mistake with “Positive Thinking”
on his site ChristianMickelsen.com
A mindset shift to make you happier and more successful
“If you want to be happier and more successful in life, it’s important to fight the brain’s natural tendency to focus on the negative.
“Instead, try looking at the world through a positive, self-compassionate mindset, says Emma Seppälä, Stanford psychologist and faculty director of the women’s leadership program at the Yale School of Management.
“Albert Einstein and Alibaba’s Jack Ma are prime examples of using this mindset in order to lead successful careers, Seppälä noted in her book, The Happiness Track.”
Stanford psychologist says this mindset shift will make you happier and more successful by Zameena Mejia, CNBC, 13 Oct 2017.
[Photo from Emma Seppälä Facebook page.]
Related article: The Power of Self-Compassion – Self-compassion researcher, teacher and author Kristin Neff, PhD notes that the ‘typical way’ of motivating ourselves is harsh self-criticism, but research shows this leads to a fear of failure, performance anxiety and other problems that can hold us back.
Dr. Neff says, “We know through the research that when we’re very hard on ourselves when we make a mistake, or fail in some way, we start becoming afraid of failure, and we start developing performance anxiety. We don’t do as well so we fail more often, we start losing confidence in ourselves and therefore we’re more likely just to give up.”
A frame of mind to set practical habits
Psychologist and author Sherrie Campbell notes:
“Often there’s nothing really different between one entrepreneur and another in terms of ability, as each person can do whatever he or she wants.
“What it all comes down to is having the frame of mind to set practical habits and keep a balance between attachment and commitment and letting things happen.”
Among ten mindsets she describes are:
“Choose courage over fear.
“To be successful, you have to have courage. And to become courageous, do courageous things.
“Much of being successful is about going beyond what you think you’re capable of — venturing into the unknown. Whether you fail or succeed, you will learn and grow.
“Growth, in and of itself, means attaining a level of success whether it came from success or failure.”
Read much more in 10 Mindsets That Will Radically Improve Your Business, by Sherrie Campbell, Entrepreneur.com.
This effort to get others to “understand” us or our ideas can be fruitless and draining, Campbell notes.
She is author of Loving Yourself: The Mastery of Being Your Own Person.