Transform Every Roadblock Into A Stepping Stone
Over the years, I have been a catalyst, an inspiration and a… well… healer if you will – to many of my clients and their enterprises. I help them overcome any limiting beliefs they have, and we all have them, that surface during the growth of their company and hold them back from getting what they truly want out of success. Today, I want to empower you with the 7 powerful mindsets that will help you step over and beyond any stumbling blocks that you might face in your business.
Today we’re going to dive into the importance of being comfortable with being uncomfortable – how getting out of your comfort zone is the only way to achieve greater success.
I have always been inspired by the words of Nelson Mandela who said, “The greatest glory in living lies not in never failing but in rising every time we fall.” This is so universally true that it applies to any entrepreneur starting out, any big business looking to build upon an existing success, or any company preparing for a merger or a massively profitable acquisition.
The important thing to remember is this – tough times never last, tough people do.
I have helped businesses – big and small – deal with and overcome problems: falling demand, changes in consumer buying habits, market fluctuations, cash flow issues, policy and taxation changes, technological transformations… The secret is to modify limiting mindsets and transform thought processes. Here are the seven powerful mindset shifts to bring about that mission critical transformation:
Number 1. Doing nothing does measurable damage.
Number 2. Facts are friends.
Number 3. Consider making a significant shift.
Number 4. Do the new.
Number 5. Learn something new to think something new.
Number 6. Seek the wisdom of others.
And now the last mindset shift to get your company going in the right direction, i.e, upwards.
Number 7. Take a step back and get a better view.
They say, if you find yourself succeeding frequently, it may be a sign that you aren’t challenging yourself enough.
Most recently, McKinsey Global Institute’s latest report, Jobs lost, jobs gained: Workforce transitions in a time of automation examined the scenarios for employment growth and future job opportunities. The report shared some startling numbers – it was found that up to 375 million workers worldwide will need to change roles or learn new skills by 2030 to remain employable in the ever-shifting world scenario – particularly with technology that continues to change at this bewildering speed.
Think about it – the skill sets that make your workers employable today are not going to work as well just ten years from now. Thirty years ago, the ability to work with a computer was not a given. Twenty years ago there wasn’t a computer with a net connection on every desk. Ten years ago, handheld devices did not have broadband connectivity 24×7 and we did not feel the need to have a strong social media presence for every single brand. The way that businesses and standard operating procedures have changed and evolved in just the past few years makes it obvious that change is not only inevitable, it’s desirable. It is an opportunity waiting to be embraced. Business models of practically all kinds will need to learn, change, adapt, and become future ready.
I love how Steve Kotler puts it, “peak performance has more to do with states of consciousness than skill set” This has always been true, your mindset sets the trajectory for your performance.
Look at all the new technologies we have at our disposal today. There is Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things, Big Data, Blockchain. These are being used in business processes and shopping apps in ways we could not have imagined just a few years ago. The good news is that innovation now occurs at light speed. Products take months to conceive of and create, not years. But with this accelerating pace of innovation, companies and founders undergo entirely new kinds of extraordinary developmental stress. You need an entirely new set of tools (not skills) to stay out in front to lead your business to realize the success potential it has.
But remember, if the old ways of functioning are becoming obsolete; equally, there are new work opportunities being created at the same time, too. These present opportunities for streamlining, lowering costs and increasing sales.
Stanford psychologist Carol Dweck calls this having a “growth mindset” as opposed to a fixed mindset. You can remain aware, awake and adaptable. To be future proof, you and your business have to be flexible, open to new ways of functioning; learning, changing, evolving.
As the old proverb goes, don’t let yesterday use up too much of today.
Every time you feel down and out – remember your big why. Center your mind on the inspiration and the motivation behind your company. Why did you set up your company? What problem did you first imagine your company could fix? What solution, or even what happiness did you feel you company would provide? Go back to the source and think with new eyes, a new mind, and an activated heart. Ask yourself the deep questions, “What am I up to in this life of mine? What happiness, help, wholeness am I here to create in the world? And how is my company serving that purpose?
Thank you for joining me today. Remember to make your power, position and influence count for something. Activate the leader within. It’s the first step to activate the world towards positive change.
I’ll close with this, the difference between a problem and an opportunity is simply your perspective on it. See opportunity inside every “problem”, that is the way of the Activist Capitalist.