This week, I’m celebrating my 25th year in business. And this is how I’m feeling at the moment:
It has been a long journey and I have learned a lot. Time to celebrate!
To commemorate the occasion, I wrote you a book. It encapsulates the approaches that have helped me manage the ups and downs of my business over the past 25 years.
The book contains 25 short chapters — one for each year I have been in business. And it’s priced at just 99 cents! But you get the ideas behind the first ten chapters here for free.
Introducing Proceed with Confidence: 25 Quick Ways to Boost Your Business Mojo
I wrote this book to serve as a guide and to lend you the experience I’ve gained over 25 years in business.
Much has changed since I started my business in 1992. Here’s one example: the technology du jour was the fax machine.
(Just let that sink in for a moment.
In this article, I’m highlighting the top ten mindset hacks that have served me well for over a quarter of a century. Enjoy!
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Mindset Hack 1: Take Action
The only way to truly make progress in your business is to take action.
Studying, learning, and thinking are wonderful. But action is the best teacher of all.
Mindset Hack 2: Be Brave
Networking is an essential part of growing your business.
And this simple act of reaching out to your fellow human beings to make a connection can strike fear in the heart of an entrepreneur!
But since so much of your business success has to do with who you know, it’s important to have the courage to reach out and connect.
Mindset Hack 3: Break It Down and Build It Up
One of the best ways to make real progress on large projects is to break them down into their component parts so you can manage them separately.
Don’t let overwhelm get the best of you: look at your deadlines, decide which tasks need to get done, then parcel them out into week-sized and day-sized chunks.
Every big project starts with a small chunk of work.
Mindset Hack 4: Be the Interested Observer
The best business decisions are made from a place of impartiality.
Keeping some distance between you and your business — even seeing it as a game you’re playing — will help you stay smart about how you navigate your way through the business world.
Mindset Hack 5: Business Isn’t Personal
Mixing business life and personal life has a bad reputation for a very good reason.
Sometimes we’re called on to make tough decisions in our business. And if we have family ties (or even overly-familiar ties) with the people involved in those decisions, impartiality flies out the window.
Business is business. And personal life? Well, that’s something you need to guard carefully and avoid letting the two mix.
Mindset Hack 6: What Does Profit Mean to You?
Profit doesn’t always mean money. Every so often, take a step back and think hard about what profit really means to you.
Is it time? Flexibility? Location independence?
Or maybe it is money — if that’s the case, great. Just make sure you’re the person defining what profit means and no one else.
Mindset Hack 7: MVP Everything
If you are developing your next big idea, think small.
By that, I mean think about how you can deliver your solution in an agile form that doesn’t take much money or time to put together.
Plan to test your idea in this minimal form before you invest in developing it fully.
Mindset Hack 8: Systems Bring Freedom
You probably already know that the key to growing any business is to develop efficient systems for getting things done.
But you might be puzzled about how those systems get developed.
Step 1? Simply keep a pad and paper beside you for a full week. Write down everything you do.
Do write down how you do it — just what you do.
This list will form the basis of the systems you’ll develop and hand over to your first employees or contractors.
Mindset Hack 9: Business is a Numbers Game
Business rewards persistence. To a certain extent, those who win are simply those who manage to stay in the game the longest.
So don’t give up. Put in the time and you’ll get the numbers working on your side.
Mindset Hack 10: Embrace the Not Knowing Zone
We don’t know what lies ahead in our business. That means we spend a lot of time in what I call the “Not Knowing Zone.”
It is deeply uncomfortable at first. But once you’ve experienced it a few times, you realize that the Not Knowing Zone is where the most interesting developments in your business happen.
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