What do you think of when it comes to changing your mind? Do you view it as something negative or bad? In other words, do you have the perception of someone changing his or her mind as being indecisive or weak? Do you feel like changing your mind as a business owner will cause others to view you or your business as unreliable or flakey?
Actually, there are several reasons why changing your mind can, in fact, be a positive event. Instead of feeling like a ‘flakey’ person, it’s time to change how you view a change of mind with regards to your business.
From childhood, there are many stories we tell ourselves as we absorb the environment around us. For some of us, we might believe that our siblings are older and therefore wiser and smarter. We feel that we simply cannot match or compete with their intelligence. This leads us, as adults, to view our peers at work in the same way. Even as an entrepreneur, we often find ourselves assuming other business owners must be savvier, smarter or have it more ‘together’.’
For others, there may be a mindset of living small because every time we did not succeed we were still praised and accepted, instead of encouraged and motivated to do better. In that instance, you may have internalized that “doing better” may have somehow been wrong and or unacceptable. Or it might be that you internalized doing ‘good enough’ was still successful.
As a culture, we may have, in some instances, encouraged people to set the bar too low. By allowing people to ‘be okay with what is’ we don’t encourage a growth mindset. This may inadvertently instill in them that there is no chance for growth. It may also prevent them from setting big goals and reaching for success that requires a lot of work.
Changing Your Mind Attaches Labels
Sometimes we are given labels and, all too often, we don’t realize that we don’t have to accept – or even identify with – those labels.
We may have been taught through our formative years that Dave is the math genius while Sarah is the creative in the family. This labeling creates a lasting, limiting mindset that is more or less fixed. Even now you may not realize that you can change those labels by working harder to be whatever it is you want to be. Not just in the realm of academics, but in the realm of future business success.
How can you change the labels you’ve started to identify with?
- Start with recognizing that you are capable and have the ability to change your mindset. This is the first step in changing your mind.
- Recognize that you can change your label at any time. All you have to do is choose to do so.
- Next, it’s time to get to work. No change comes without work involved.
You Can Practice Changing Your Mind
As a business owner, there are certain steps you can take in order to facilitate a growth mindset. Start by giving yourself a way and a means to reach higher goals rather than accepting labels.
What do you want to accomplish? Is it a realistic, achievable goal that will require work to attain?
- Don’t set the bar too high, as unrealistic expectations and goals are not beneficial. Read this article on setting SMART goals.
- Don’t set the bar too low so that no challenge or growth is initiated – make sure the goal you’ve set makes you ‘stretch’ to reach it.
- Look for ways to solicit constructive criticism, which is critical to help you grow. You are certainly capable of doing great things as long as you choose to, and getting feedback helps you recognize where you are on the path.
If you are managing your company employees, remember that their goals are important and contribute to the overall success of the company.
- Consider each member of the team as an individual. Seek to discover their weaknesses. In this manner, you can then concentrate on how to challenge them.
- Challenge them to reach greater heights by motivating rather than considering them to be “as is” in any particular area of knowledge or skill.
- Give them the belief that they can and will work hard to achieve greater results; that they can be incented to grow.
When it comes to changing your mind, you have a choice. You can choose to be better and achieve greater success. Face the areas of your life that are your weakest; avoidance doesn’t work. Work hard in that area to excel, and never stop learning.