Have you ever observed how some people’s mindset completely sabotage their success? I bet you have.
As a friend, you are standing on the sidelines trying to help them but they are set in their ways and continue like an unstoppable runaway train en route to destruction. Their mindset is fixed and is preventing them from achieving success and they don’t even realize they are their biggest problem.
One of the first steps of changing for the better is becoming aware of what is going on.
It reminds me of Napoleon Hill who said: “There are no limitations to the mind except those that we acknowledge.”
Would you agree that without any awareness of what is going on you won’t have a snowball’s hope in hell of changing anything in your life?
How often have you heard someone say ‘I can’t do it’? Perhaps it is something you are saying? You cripple yourself with self-doubts and worries. When you notice where these limiting beliefs are controlling your life, you can take corrective action.
Limiting beliefs are all about buying into what other people tell us and what we tell ourselves – and believing a lie.
It was Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh that said: “Belief is a deception you play upon yourself.”
We have been programmed to believe certain things. If you are stuck with the idea that rich people are in some form or shape bad people, you will find it difficult, if not impossible, to become rich.
If you have negative connotations to being rich, it will be to your advantage to change your mindset about rich people. It will open you up to a life of wealth and abundance. It is only when you have a mindset of abundance that you will be able to deal with wealth.
If you are functioning on programmed assumptions and beliefs without questioning them, your mind is running on autopilot. You have to reverse engineer this process by letting your conscious mind take control. That means checking any beliefs you may have about success, your abilities to be a successful entrepreneur and wealth.
Perhaps you are saying: “I am not programmed. What are you talking about?”
Let me ask you this: did you believe in the Tooth Fairy? Did you believe Santa is an old man with a big belly, dressed in red with a white beard, who rides with Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer through the sky and that he would climb through your chimney and bring you gifts?
Have you as a child for one second stop and say: “No way, his fat belly can’t get through that tiny chimney”?
For the first few years of our lives, we absorbed things, almost like a sponge sucking everything up.
At the time, as children, we did not have the experience or the knowledge to question what we were told, especially by authority figures, such as our parents and teachers. In those early childhood years, we formed many of our beliefs that we have today.
Now that we are older, it is our responsibility to question the beliefs we have been programmed with.
Have you ever put the wrong address on your GPS? The GPS will take you to that wrong address if you follow the instructions without paying attention. It is like listening to the wrong part of your mind saying to you ‘I can’t’, ‘owning a business is not for me’, ‘I don’t deserve better’.
If you have limiting beliefs, you need to program the GPS in your head to take you to the correct destination. This takes a deliberate and conscious action on your part. You have to teach your mind to say ‘I can’, ‘I will’, ‘I deserve to be rich’. You have to do this if you want to end up at your desired destination of wealth.
The process of reprogramming your mind is not easy, but it is doable.
You may think of your brain as a muscle, a very important one indeed, but still a muscle. Have you seen those “before” and “after” pictures they like to publish when someone achieved something, such as gaining more muscle bulk?
The before picture is a skinny man who wants to look more attractive and the after picture is of this sculpted, muscle-man. Mr. Skinny Man got his big muscles by training them and that transformed him into Mr. Muscle Man.
In a similar manner, when you use your brain to exercise certain brain muscles, like saying over and over to yourself “I can’t do this” or “I am not good at that”, that particular thought pattern will become like the big muscles of Mr. Muscle Man.
In fact, scientists can track that on a brain scan and see which part of your brain lights up with certain thoughts.
You know that most people have a dominant arm, right? I am right-handed so my right arm is stronger than my left because it is my preferred arm to use and is more developed than my left. If someone were to try and hit me, I will automatically, without thinking, use my right arm to protect myself. If you are left-handed, you will use your left arm.
In the same way, your brain will use its dominant thought pattern automatically because that is the most developed pathway in your brain. If you have limiting beliefs, your thoughts will automatically run to your limiting beliefs pathway whenever a new idea arises and challenges you.
If you have outdated, limiting beliefs and habits, you can break that overused pathway down and build new beliefs and habits. You have to reprogram negative thoughts and feelings by replacing them with positive ones that serve you in your new goals of starting a business to generate more wealth for you and your family.
Start feeding your mind the right things and positive thoughts to develop those neglected brain muscles to serve you better in your quest for wealth.
This whole process of programming and retraining of your mindset is not only applicable to starting your own business, but to every area in your life where the results are not what you want them to be. The principles remain the same.
I can't help to think of the words by Robert Breault: “An old belief is like an old shoe. We so value its comfort that we fail to notice the hole in it.”
All I can ask you is to get rid of your old shoes with holes in and grab a brand new pair to serve you better in your entrepreneurial journey.
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