If you want to create big change in your business, create a change in your mindset first. As an entrepreneur, it's become crucial for me to move through my business with ease and flow—and systems, of course!
But the biggest transformations I've had are from those simple mindset shifts. They've been ones that make me think, "Why didn't I do this sooner?"
Here are three shifts that completely transformed my business and allowed me to achieve more than I ever thought possible.
Create an Intentional Business
Creating an intentional business has been critical for my success. I went from a demanding career in the corporate event space to complete burnout. So when I was building my business, I wanted to be very clear on the type of business and life I wanted.
And how they could blend together seamlessly.
For me, this looked like choosing to do things I want to do (and that fit in my values), not just things that I can do.
Creating an intentional business is important because it allows you to be clear on what you're trying to achieve. It creates a container for your business goals, so that they are always in line with that intention.
When your business is aligned with your personal values and mission, it becomes so much easier to attract your ideal clients, create a sustainable income, and fall in love with your business again.
Tips for creating a more intentional business:
Define your personal values and make sure they are reflected in your business.
Write out your mission statement (personal and business) and refer to it often. Define why you do what you do and why it's important for you to do it. (Here's our Business Foundations Workbook as a free gift to help you get started.)
Consider what you want your business to look like in 5 years. Now reverse engineer that goal and plan out each year, quarter, month, week, and day. (Sound complicated? We can help with that!)
Be willing to let go of things that aren't serving you. One of the hardest things I've ever done is let go of what's no longer working. It's tough to do, but it's so necessary for growth. (Despite what society says, it's not supposed to be hard!)
Define your personal and business boundaries. Then stick to them!
Develop a Growth Mindset
Developing a growth mindset has been key for transforming my life and business.
A growth mindset is the belief that you can develop your abilities and talents through effort, good teaching, and persistence. It's the opposite of a fixed mindset, which is the belief that your abilities and talents are static and set in stone.
Adopting a growth mindset has helped me to become more resilient in the face of challenges, to take more risks, and to roll with the ups and downs of entrepreneurship.
As a coach, developing a growth mindset helps you in even more ways, allowing you to better guide your clients to achieve their own goals.
A great book for learning how to improve your mindset is Mindset by Carol Dweck.
This is something I've seen in my own business, too—I live in the realm of business and operations strategy, and my husband partners with our clients on mindset, too.
It's a beautiful balance!
Understand That Failure is Crucial to Success
As much as failure stings in the moment, failing is how we learn to succeed. And it's an essential part of the entrepreneurial journey.
In my business, I've failed miserably plenty of times. But every time I get back up and try again, I'm one step closer to success.
Here are a couple of quotes that have helped me through failure:
It might not feel like it in the moment, but each failure is a valuable learning experience.
“Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.” - Robert F. Kennedy (Yes, I love quotes!)
Successful entrepreneurs know this more than most. They continually take risks, try new things, and allow themselves moments to fail and learn.
Failure is only failure if you've learned nothing from it.
Additional Mindset Resources for Coaches
Coaches have an interesting position as entrepreneurs because they're working both on their own mindsets and often helping their clients' mindset, as well.
Here are a few popular books about mindset for entrepreneurs that are especially valuable for coaches:
Creating a mindset shift in your business can be hard, especially when we're talking about shifts in your mindset for entrepreneurs specifically.
There are a lot of mindset traps that entrepreneurs can fall into because of the unique challenges we face, but if you're intentional about your mindset and make a deliberate effort to shift it, you can completely transform your business in the process.
While it feels hard in the moment, it's so worth it when you see the positive impact it has on your business... and your life!