5 Mindset Shifts to Take Your Business to the Next Level

Today I want to share with you my secret superpower. The one tool that’s totally free to use and at your disposal all the time. It has the power to change the course of your business, your relationships, your work and your whole life! Any guesses what it is?

It’s your MINDSET. I can’t begin to tell you how much my life has changed since I discovered the power of mastering your mindset. It’s such a small thing and yet it has such a big impact on your life. It can steer you into the comparison monsters, the black hole that is anxiety or when you learn how to master it, it can lift you up and place you on top of that finish line that is your DREAM life.

It’s such a funny thing to think about. How our thoughts are driving the show making us feel empowered or unworthy. So I am going to share with you my top 5 mindset shifts that will take your business (and life) to the next level.

We Live in an Abundant World

Most of us go through life with a daily mindset of “not enough”. Meaning, there’s not enough money, not enough good guys out there, not enough jobs… There’s this false preconception that we’ve all been tricked into believing that there is only “so much” of whatever it is we desire, like success, money, joy, love… the list is endless. This is called a Scarcity Mindset. People who live in this kind of mindset are often living in fear. Truthfully, you guys, it is sooooo easy to get pulled into this mindset. So easy to use it as an excuse as to not follow that precious Dream of yours. I know the feeling of not having enough money to fund your dream lifestyle, thinking there’s just not enough to go around. I know how horrible it is to be envious of others success, but I URGE you to shift your mindset to one that comes from love, is more joyful and less selfish: Abundance.

We seriously live in a abundant Universe, one where there is plenty to go around. The limit does not exist! Adopting an Abundant Mindset means truly believing that there is always enough. When you cling to an abundance mindset you will worry less, stress less, genuinely cheer others on without jealousy turning it’s ugly head, and actually achieve the things you want in an organic, magical way.

Happiness is Now, Not Later

When you’re working toward your Dream, do you love the journey? The sleepless nights, the obstacles, the hardships? Do you love all of it? Truly? Are you thinking that I’m crazy right now for asking if you love the hardships? Stay with me pal! One of the things that I went through for four years was placing my happiness in the future. I kept living with a mindset that building my business was going to be HARD and that when I finally achieved my dream I would be happy, but not in the meantime.

But here’s the thing. The finish line will keep moving, always. As you work towards your dream, it will evolve, grow and take you places you never thought you would go. So instead of thinking that you’ll be happy when ________ happens, be happy NOW. Live with the mindset that you’re living your dream life right now, because working towards it is a part of it ma friend! Savor every moment when you are building that dream life, because you wanna look back and see how joyful it was and how much of a bad-ass you were for figuring that obstacle out.

Good for Her, Not for Me

One of my biggest mindset shifts to date. How many times have you felt the pull of the green envy monster? Have you felt jealous of others success, house, looks? Maybe you were scrolling on the Insta-machine, felt that searing anger creep up and instantly started to compare yourself. We’ve all been there. It is truly one of the hardest mindset shifts, to come from a place of love and support for strangers on the internet.

Our natural tendency when we see people who have more success is to envy them. Sometimes this envy can turn into belittling their achievements and it is ugly. You don’t really know their story and more often than not, you’re comparing their middle to your beginning which is not only unfair to them, but to you. Community versus competition is where it’s at. If you are working from a competitive mindset it can be a lonely road full of empty work, negative juju, and lack of originality. So practice saying “Good for her, not for me”. Remind yourself that just because someone’s accomplishments or lifestyle is different than your own, it does not mean you are doing anything wrong or will never be successful. What’s good for her doesn’t have to be good for you. Remember, we can only truly rise by lifting each other up.

There is Always an Opportunity for Growth

No matter what happens along the way, there is always an option for growth. With every obstacle and every big dream, there is a path for you to learn a new skill, ask for help, and keep on going. There has been studies that people have one of two types of mindsets: growth and fixed. A growth mindset is one that believes that you can learn anything and develop any skill. People with a growth mindset know, to quote Marie Forleo, that everything is figureoutable. On the opposite end we have a fixed mindset, a belief that you already possess all the skills and knowledge you will ever have. In other words, people with a fixed mindset will convince themselves that they can’t succeed before they even try, while a growth mindset will put in the time and effort to learn in order to succeed. 

So listen up! No matter what type of mindset you have right now, the important thing is to keep your eyes and ears open! When you encounter an obstacle, make sure you see all the different paths. What can you do to grow and move past this obstacle? When you switch to a growth mindset it is easier to take the path less traveled and put in the work to achieve your goals. Mainly, don’t give up! There is always a way.

You Are Unique, Enough & Worthy

Let’s get this out of the way. YOU my friend, are worthy of having it all, of living your dreams of being deliciously happy. We often create our own cages that limit us from growing and following our dreams. Based off of past experiences and belief systems that are not serving us, we limit ourselves (subconsciously or consciously) by believing we are not enough. It is time to let those limiting beliefs go, strengthen your mindset and start boldly living your dreams.

There is no one on this planet, hell, Universe, that can do life the way you do! How freeing is that? You are the only you that ever was and ever will be. So stay in your lane, focus on your dream, goals, aspirations and know that even if you think it’s all been done before, it has not been done by YOU. As easy as it is to compare ourselves to others, know that it is your right as a human of this Earth to live out your dreams.

Your mindset determines your success. Good news is, we can totally control that. Making these simple mindset shifts can help you achieve the business success that you have been craving. So tell me, which one of the above 5 do you struggle most with?

7 Qualities of Successful Entrepreneurs

“Do I have what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur?”

Most people I know in the online business world are constantly asking themselves this question — or some variation of it!

The truth is, every single one of us ALREADY has what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur. But we learn to harness our innate ability through awareness and practice!

The first step is being AWARE of the qualities you need to develop and grow, and the next step is just PRACTICING and improving your skill at each one.

Here are the 7 essential qualities of a successful entrepreneur, for you (and all of us) to model and practice!

This is for you if:

  • You’re a new or growing entrepreneur looking for the essential bases you need to cover to be successful.
  • You want to level up your mindset and become the best you can be!
  • You’re encountering roadblocks to success, which you know you can overcome with the right mindset.

Courage

Building something new in the world takes a willingness to try new things — which always comes with the risk of failure, difficulty, discomfort, rejection, and a host of other possibilities!

But when you have courage, none of those risks can stop you. Courage is just “the ability to do something that frightens you.” 

You don’t have to feel confident, brave, or invincible to be successful! You just have to take action to get results.

Take action: Pinpoint something you want to try or do, but you’re afraid of what might happen. Then answer one question:

What definitely WON’T happen if you DON’T try? — What will you definitely miss out on, if you let fear win? Are you willing to miss out on what’s possible, just because of fear?

Then take action, and watch as each new leap becomes easier for you!

Empathy

Great business leaders and entrepreneurs are highly empathic and able to understand the thoughts and feelings of others.

This doesn’t mean they’re “nice” or generous people! It just means they just know how to tune into the emotions and thoughts of others — like dialling a radio — and understand people on their own terms.

Having empathy helps you create products and offers that people need, and share messages that connect with and move people. When you practice empathy — seeing things from someone else’s point of view — you’re in a great position to communicate in a way that’s impactful and meaningful to others.

Take action: Think about someone you’re struggling to connect with — whether it’s your audience, a customer, an investor, a referral partner, or someone else. Put yourself in their shoes and experience the world through their eyes! Then ask yourself, “What is something I can only see by putting myself in this other person’s shoes? What am I missing when I look at it through my eyes only?” and if you still don’t know… ask!

Curiosity

Effective entrepreneurs are deeply curious!

They’re the ones always asking “why?” and trying to understand how things work. They seek to understand and gain new insights, and they ask questions until they do. They’re open-minded, love to be challenged, and seek to sharpen their own understanding.

Curious people seek out new skills, and their curiosity propels them forward — past discomfort, vulnerability, and humility that comes with trying and learning something new. These realities are no match for their curiosity!

Take action: Think about a situation you don’t fully understand, that has you frustrated or stuck. Write a list of 10 questions that would help you understand the problem better, and see it more clearly. Then answer the questions intuitively, or go find someone who can help you answer them.

Vision

The greatest inventions and creations always begin with a vision of what’s possible!

Successful entrepreneurs make a habit of imagining, dreaming up, and looking for new possibilities and opportunities. They look for problems, because they know that problems point the way to a better future.

And once they have a strong vision in mind, they can use it to guide their actions and light the path toward creating the new reality they want.

Take action: If you’re not sure what to focus on, start by imagining a better, brighter future that you’d be excited to see unfold! Imagine how life would be different, how it could be different… and then step into this future, and imagine looking back on yourself today, at the first 3 actions you took to make this vision a reality.

Creativity

Successful entrepreneurs make a habit of creating products, services, opportunities, events, and strategies that weren’t there before. They get off the beaten trail, and create new pathways for opportunity.

Creative people get their hands dirty, and commit to making something new, even when it isn’t perfect. They know that imperfections signal progress, because they’re a sign that things are happening on the edges, outside the boundaries of what’s comfortable.

Creative people are comfortable with failure, because they know that creating something great only happens as a result of creating a lot of things that aren’t.

Take action: Think about a problem that has you stuck and not sure what direction to go in. Brainstorm a list of 20 ways you could get unstuck! Even if they’re crazy or outlandish, you’re practicing creating new pathways for yourself, so you never have to stay stuck again.

Resilience

Ultimately, success belongs to the people who are willing to fail more times than others. It belongs to the people who fell down, accepted the negative emotions AND the lessons, got back up, and tried again.

Because success takes resilience, the ranks are inevitably thinned out over time as more people drop out of the race, realizing it’s not for them. There’s no shame in it; everyone has to decide what’s right for them.

But the fact that this is hard, means that others will slowly fall away, if you’re just resilient enough to keep going. To keep climbing. To keep trying. And no matter how many times you fall, to get back up and try again.

Take action: Think about something you’re discouraged about right now. Maybe even something that makes you want to quit. Ask yourself, “What will be possible if I’m resilient? And if I CHOOSE to be resilient, what will I do in the next 10 minutes?” and then go do that thing!

Patience

Successful entrepreneurs practice patience. That doesn’t mean they sit back and do nothing, and wait for things to happen… it just means they don’t expect results overnight. They stick with things long enough — however long that is — to see results.

I think of Patience and Resilience as two sides of the same coin… Resilience keeps her head-down and does the work, day after day — but patience knows and accepts that big changes take time.

Take action: Think about something you’re frustrated about not having, doing, or being yet. For example, it might be something like, “I’m not ______.” Ask yourself, is this truly what I want? If the answer is yes, rewrite your thought: “I’m becoming _______.” If you stay in the game and practice patience while you’re in this phase of change, your desired state will be yours with time!

Recap

That’s it! The 7 qualities of a successful entrepreneur are:

  • Courage
  • Empathy
  • Curiosity
  • Vision
  • Creativity
  • Resilience
  • Patience

What do you think? What would you add to this list? Is there another essential skill or quality that has helped you press forward as an entrepreneur?

How To Take Action In Your Business

Taking action doesn’t have a direct dollar figure on it. It definitely may not look as shiny and nice as a dollar bill and it certainly is not as fun of a topic as “I filled up my coaching program!”

However, taking action is one of the number one things I see holding back entrepreneurs. And why do people hesitate on taking action? Well its simple: Fear. That 4 letter word can leave you feeling paralysed and, quite frankly, if you let it overcome you, it can stop you right in your tracks. Ideas are easy to talk about, it is easy to “fake” the success of your business, but nothing holds more importance than taking action.

So then comes the question: Well how do you get past it? And don’t you worry, I want to share my top tips on how to take action so that your to do lists get shorter and you find your peers asking you, “How have you gotten so much done?”

ACTION CREATES MOTIVATION

I heard this once and I thought, “Wait what?” I thought I got motivated and then took action. And let me just tell you, the minute you make a choice to take action, you will have this amazing rush come over you and that adrenaline will be enough to help remind you why it is important to just dive straight in & tackle your to-do list.

STAY IN TUNE WITH YOUR “WHY”

It all goes back to your “why.” Often times, people forget why they even entered into the business in the first place. Let me just tell you, your “why” is going to be what will get you through all of the challenges. When your “why” is in sync, you are on the right path! And when you know your action items are in line with that “why,” I promise you that you will feel a lot more confident in taking action.

TAKE BACK YOUR POWER

The voices in your head will distract you. Ok, I know you must be thinking, “What voices?” But we know we all have them. Those thoughts that say, “I am not good enough.” If those voices are holding you back from taking action, then while you are listening to them, there are thousands of entrepreneurs getting ahead of you by taking action and telling those voices to take a back seat. And how do you get past the voices? Acknowledge that they are ridiculous, take back the power and go take action (it will feel ridiculously good).

HAVE A PLAN YOU ARE WILLING TO COMMIT TO AND ACTUALLY DO IT

This may sound simple, but I can’t tell you how many entrepreneurs create a plan and then doubt the plan or don’t act on it! Create a plan that you feel good about, one that is inl alignment with your goals, your target market and why you are in business. Then commit to acting on it. Sure, some items may need to be altered, but I dare you to create a plan and commit to it for 90-days. I bet the outcome will be pretty amazing once you see everything you have accomplished!

WORK THROUGH YOUR BARRIERS

I had to do a virtual cringe when I wrote this. Sometimes your barriers can be pain-staking. But you have to get creative and strategic. Ask yourself what are you missing by not getting past these barriers? Then ask yourself what action items can you take to move past these barriers? Then go take those steps! Barriers only hold you back if you let them.

FIND AN ORGANIZATION SYSTEM THAT WORKS FOR YOU

For me, I write a list of all of the items I want to get accomplished for the week and then have at them. Some people do it day by day, some print it out, some don’t. Find a system that works for you, commit to it, and create a habit of it so that none of your action items get missed! I want to remind you that you have a seriously amazing gift to give!

The world needs more women who are brave enough to take a chance on themselves. The world needs you. So don’t hold back. Take action! Even the scariest of action steps.

Tell fear to take a back seat; that is where it belongs in your business.

With Love elle

Believe in yourself, your “why,” you purpose, and remember, if you don’t take action, you are letting down someone that really needs you and your gift.

How to Deal with Overwhelm

As an entrepreneur, it is very common to feel overwhelmed. Especially when you’re just starting out. Over the years, I’ve figured out how to deal with overwhelm so that you keep moving forward and growing. One of the best things you can do is to plan out a dream day and get everything out there so you can see what you need to work on. You may find out that you need to hire help, be more organized, or only take on the things that you’re good at. Here are my top tips…

CHANGE YOUR PERSPECTIVE

Realize that it’s a good thing that you feel overwhelmed. It means that you are actually trying to do something beyond your comfort zone. You’re growing yourself to the next level as an entrepreneur.

HAVE A DREAMING DAY

Give yourself an open day to write down everything you have going on. What are all the tasks and projects that you have to do on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis? Get it all out of your head and onto paper. Get a bird’s eye view: What projects do you have going on? What are the steps that you need to take to complete them? What is the level of priority for each project? Get everything untangled and organized in this step. 

TAKE ACTION

Get honest with yourself and see if you are actually trying to do too much. If the answer is yes, examine what you can simplify and cut out. Seriously consider if you need people to come on board to help and who those people need to be.

Clarify Your Vision: Dare to Dream Big…

Vision – defined as the act or power of anticipating that which will or may come to be; prophetic vision; the vision of an Entrepreneur…

Vision Statement – referred to as a picture of your life / business in the future. Your vision statement will be your inspiration, your framework for all your strategic planning…

By creating a vision statement you are articulating your dreams & hopes for your life & for your business. A vision statement reminds you of the success that you are striving to achieve. It should provide you with clarity of the goals & outcomes you desire as you pursue your new venture. A vision statement doesn’t necessarily state how you will reach your destination success, rather it’s an overall concept of what you wish to accomplish. It should capture and highlight your passion. Think of your vision statement as a declaration to the universe that you are ready & willing to claim the success that is so rightfully yours…

At this stage of business & life planning what’s important is to be unlimited; unlimited in your thinking & in your vision. Don’t be afraid to DREAM BIG & allow your imagination to run wild & free; and don’t feel the need to be completely organized in thought either. This is the perfect time to just brain storm, it is important though to put your thoughts and ideas on paper; keep in mind – to think it, is to ink it. Putting your thoughts, dreams, & goals in writing will help you to remain clear in vision & focused on what you want to accomplish in your life & in your business. Putting your goals / vision in writing will also help you stay accountable to yourself & allow you to track the accomplishment of the goals that you set for yourself & for your business.

To avoid feeling overwhelmed, you can set your vision in short term & long term intervals. For example – a vision for what you plan to accomplish within the next six months & what you plan to accomplish within the next year. Revisit these goals often, and be flexible with yourself; there may be times that you may have to readjust your vision due to life & circumstance. But, don’t let life’s unexpectancies be the reason why you lose sight of your vision. The ultimate goal is to stay focused on your vision, and stay the course till you reach your destination success…

My vision became my mission to create a life of freedom for myself. A life of freedom that would afford me more time freedom, and give me more control over my income. My vision blossomed into forming an organization that would educate and empower other aspiring Entrepreneurs, to create their own vision, anchor them in their new business venture, and support them as they start on their journey to success…

A gem of wisdom to share with my fellow Entrepreneur would be… your vision statement is personal – it’s for you and should only be shared with those in your life who are positive, encouraging, and supportive of you & your journey to success…