I’ve been lucky enough in my career to have mentored hundreds of professionals, spoken to thousands of business owners, and helped entrepreneurs generate millions of dollars over the years. It’s an honor, and it’s the part of my legacy that I’m most proud of.
Despite all the different types of businesses I’ve worked with and all the different pain points people have thrown at me, there’s one thing that I always say to each and every person who comes into my area of influence:
What you think is what you say, what you say is what you do, and what you do becomes your legacy.
Why do I believe that this is such an important statement? Because it forces people to focus on what they spend their time thinking about. What they spend their time talking about. And what they spend their time doing. Ideas are great, but unless you put them into action, they’re meaningless. I want to work with business owners who have an intentionality to their mind’s driving forces , because I can be confident in what drives them.
A business owner’s mindset, especially in times of crisis, will determine whether or not that business can survive. The best business owners are the ones who have trained themselves to shift their perspectives in an effort to think, speak, and act on legacy-building strategies.
Because their actions and their attitude are magnetic, they are able to see the opportunities within a crisis, can lead teams through periods of strife, and can attract the best employees, clients, and business partners.
What do you really spend your time thinking about? Business owners and entrepreneurs are always thinking. We have active minds that can sometimes get distracted by opportunities that have already passed, or by what we think our competition is beating us at. Instead, we should be focusing on what we’re doing today to create a legacy for tomorrow.
Consider what your mind tends to dwell on. Consider how those distracting thoughts lead to pointless gossip or sniping when you know that time could be better spent making yourself, your team, and your business better. What you put out into the universe will ultimately come back around with dividends. The more power you give these distractions, the more significant and profound the impact will be. Good or bad, it’s your choice. Choose wisely.
Are you really moving yourself and your business forward?
Let’s be real, are you really aligning your thoughts, your statements, and your actions? I live in a constant state of reevaluation in order to keep myself sharp because resting on my laurels can make me lazy. I use what I’ve learned in previous accomplishments to push myself to the next, bigger target.
So, do your best to remove any emotion from the situation. Isolate yourself in the present moment. Visualize what you want your future to look like. Compare that vision of your future to your current thoughts, speech, and actions. Be honest with yourself: are your current thinking and decisions moving you toward or away from the things you want.
If they are moving you toward the things you want, keep going in that direction. Keep pushing yourself. If they aren’t, then you need to shift your thinking!
Do you have a clear understanding of your goals, and are you holding yourself accountable to them?
Have you taken the time to define your personal, professional, and financial goals? I don’t mean have you thought about them. I mean, have you sat down with intention and clearly defined your personal, professional, and financial goals in a way that is actionable, measurable, and achievable?
If you haven’t, then your business is a ship lost at sea without a map. You’ll stay afloat for a while. You might even make it somewhere, if you’re lucky. But you’ll never discover anything new, and you’re certainly not going to find any treasure.
I urge you to write your goals down. Do it every day. Visualize yourself achieving them, and hold yourself accountable to them. This is precisely what I’ve done for years, and it’s helped me weather the tougher periods, because I knew they were only temporary. I had bigger things to achieve. And I did.
7 crucial questions all entrepreneurs need to answer honestly
Now, I’m going to ask you to ask yourself a series of questions. I want you to be brutally honest with yourself. Work with a partner if you need to, but only if it leads to answers that are more objectively truthful. Write your answers down so you can work on the areas that need training.
● What mindset do you have during a crisis? Positive or negative?
● How prepared are you for a business emergency?
● How focused are you on the big picture?
● How clear are you on your personal, professional, and financial goals?
● What is your ideal future picture for yourself?
● How prepared are you for any disruption?
● How much training have you done to be in a ready state?
These exercises can seem brutal, but they are vital. If you remove emotion from the situation, isolate yourself to the present moment, and clearly visualize what you want your future to look like, you can shift your thinking.
Developing a habit of shifting your thinking will influence your speech and ultimately your actions. It’s a 10X mindset, and it leads to 10X growth. Ready?
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