Creating a successful business requires a lot of mindset work. Here are some entrepreneurial mindset tips for aspiring business owners.
If you’ve thought about creating your business but it hasn’t really worked out just yet because of reasons like time, money or lack of inspiration, the real reason can be found in your mindset.
If you have already started your business but nothing seems to be working as you expected it to, once again, it’s all about your mindset!
So let’s see what are some entrepreneurial mindset tips that can improve your business success!
Entrepreneurial mindset tips for aspiring business owners
Find your bigger why
Here’s the deal. Showing up for your business can be just as hard as rolling out of bed at 6 AM every morning to leave for your morning commute.
It IS a lot of hard work no matter how passionate you are about your business. Therefore, one of the most powerful entrepreneurial mindset tips to keep in mind is to find your bigger WHY.
For example, my main motivation is location independence and all the freedom that comes along with it. Ever since I was 19, I knew that a typical 9-to-5 is not going to be my jam. Being free to build the life I want to live it, has been CRUCIAL for me. And I’ve never been really happy UNLESS I have this option to be location independent and just play by my own rules.
Every single time when I feel down, demotivated or just somehow unable to get anything done, I get back to this reason and remind myself how much I’ve put into this and how important it is for me.
Your why can be anything. From personal satisfaction to making your family happy or making water more available for kids in Africa.
I mean it! We all have our own goals, our own WHY.
Your why is no better or worse than anyone else’s. And this is NOT a comparison game. It’s all about keeping yourself on track.
What is your why?!
Focus on the ideas you believe in
I have to get back to that statement that working on your own business is hard – even if you love it dearly. There will come many challenges, many setbacks and roadblocks, whatever you prefer to call it.
Therefore, the only way to get through it is by working on the ideas that you TRULY BELIEVE IN.
See, if you start a project and already feel a bit “meh” about it, what’s the point? You will never feel that true DRIVE to get things done.
Instead, think about something in your life you’ve been VERY excited to do. Either it was a vacation, birthday party or getting a puppy. Imagine having that same level of excitement about your projects!!
This drive is the only way to make big things happen and if you’re not feeling it, you might not have found the perfect match just yet.
Don’t mix having the lack of passion with just a bad day though! There will come times when you’ll feel like your business isn’t working in your favor and it’s alright. But that underlying passion is the one that’ll get you out of this!
It all takes time
I can’t exaggerate this enough.
Of course, some people quickly get successful with their truly unique ideas. Sometimes it’s a matter of luck. Other times they might’ve had loads of money to invest or major time investment in the preparation process.
But most businesses TAKE GODDAMN TIME.
And just because your business hasn’t succeeded in the first month or even the first year, doesn’t mean that you should give up.
For like 90% of businesses – that end up succeeding – it truly takes at least SOME decent time investment which can vary from a year to a few. It’s just how things work!
There’s always another way
This is one of the most important entrepreneurial mindset tips I have ever learned. There is always another way!
See, most of us are rather set in our ways. Even if you’re building a completely new business and you’re learning something new every single day, you have no chance of learning EVERYTHING.
So usually it goes like this. First, we experiment a bit and find something that – kind of – works. Then, we stick with this idea and try to improve it as much as possible. It might be months or years in the making. Until we hit the wall. Either stats are stagnating or the money isn’t coming in…
And often that is the moment when people start acting like flies in the lamp – just hitting the lamp over and over again, trying to find the way out but never trying a different approach.
What has helped me to build my own business is the eagerness to always try just another time.
- How about learning a completely different strategy?
- Or using a social media channel you never really liked (maybe you’ll end up loving it…)
- Sometimes it’s about cooperating with other people and learning new perspectives.
- It can also be all about getting back to your own initial ideas and exploring that something that didn’t work when you just got started is working now!
Making sales is not the only way to make progress
Often the sales made and, therefore, the money that has come in is the main way to evaluate the success of your business. However, it is not the only way to make progress!
Sometimes you might find yourself in a slow season when making sales doesn’t feel effective or comfortable. For example, Christmas time or any other popular Holiday. Or maybe you find yourself in a not-so-salesy mood.
That’s when it’s important to remember that there are plenty of other ways how to move the needle forward!
For example, you can focus on growing your mailing list. Create and share a new freebie or set up a free masterclass to gather new leads.
You don’t have to wear all the hats
While starting a new business, it can be very exciting – and, let’s be honest, also more budget-friendly – to wear all the hats and do all the things yourself. But you’ll be surprised to learn how much can outsourcing truly do!
It can not only improve your productivity since now you can work on the things you truly like, but also actually SAVE you even more money. When you tap into your zone of genius and do what you’re truly passionate about, you’ll end up creating way more valuable content which then can result in more sales and a better recognition as the expert in the field.
Besides that, these days you can easily find some general VA’s who’d be happy to do the work for you for $15 – $20/hour. Imagine, how much such a 5-hour weekly investment could actually change in your daily routine.
Focus on one thing at a time if you want to succeed
A book called The 10x Rule shines the light on a great idea – FOCUS. If you intentionally focus on just getting ONE thing done at a time, and you truly give all the intention and energy it needs, big things can happen.
If you’re just starting a business, it might feel tempting and often necessary to do as many things as humanly possible to get the ball moving. Create a website, set up a mailing list, create a product, start a Facebook group or grow a successful Instagram… Your list can also look completely different, it’s not really the point. The point is, FOCUS.
Choose what you want to get done first – what matters the most – and focus all your intention on that.
For example, if you want to start making money, focus on creating a product and promoting it. You don’t need a website with 10 pages to sell one product! One landing page will be perfectly enough.
Focusing on one thing at a time will also help you to drive the results a lot faster, therefore, it will improve your own dedication to get things done!
I hope these entrepreneurial mindset tips for aspiring business owners have inspired you to work more on your mindset.
Are there any specific areas where you feel like your mindset could be improved?