Achieving success is a constant mindset struggle for some. In this article, RACHAEL DOWNIE shares her take on why some people own successful small businesses, whilst others don’t.
Do you feel like you are giving your all and the results you desire elude you? Have you ever asked yourself the question: What determines your success? Success is generally associated with knowledge - how many courses or degrees and letters a person have beside their name.
Australian culture has a strong focus on going to school, getting a good education in order to get a ‘good’ job. Why is it then that some people can have all the knowledge in the world and not be successful, while a person who has limited education can become a very successful entrepreneur?
A quick Google search shows that success is the accomplishment of an aim or purpose. In your own business and life, you will have your own definition and measures of success, whether it is measured in profits, business growth, or return on assets.
Take a moment and have a look at the results you are getting in your business. Are you where you want to be?
A client that I worked with shared the analogy that she had reached a point in her business where she felt like a fly buzzing at the window trying to get out, seeing the keys to success and freedom on the other side. No matter how many times the fly buzzed up against the windowpane, it was never going to get through. It needed to find another way, an alternative.
Have you ever had that feeling that you have reached a ceiling in your business and you just can’t break through? Have you ever felt like you are doing everything right, working hard and pouring hours of time and money into developing your business only to find you aren’t moving forward? Your business grows a little and then goes backwards. The outcome being that you become more dissatisfied and frustrated.
This is a result of your paradigms. Paradigms are a multitude of habits that are formed as a result of your environmental conditioning and subconscious programming. This mindset is what creates the results in your life. You know how to do better and you know the results that you want to achieve, but they seem out of reach. You do things that you do not want to, get results that you don’t want, but do it anyway.
Your mind controls your body and your body controls your actions and then your results. If you want your results to change, you must change what is in your mind as this is what controls your behavior.
A paradigm that we leave in control is like an operating system on which your mental processes run. (i.e. how successful our business is, how much money we earn, the relationships we are in).
We all know someone who is consistently late, or always on time, that’s a paradigm. Paradigms can be either positive or negative. If your paradigms are positive you will have a happy, growth orientated life, a healthy self-image and the ability to adapt successfully to changes, upsets and unforeseen events.
Conversely negative paradigms can keep you stuck in old ways of thinking and can be very limiting. They keep you imprisoned in the mind and you don’t even know it. This quote of Albert Einstein is a great one to ponder.
“If you always do what you’ve always done you’ll always get what you’ve always got.”
Define what success really looks and feels like for you and reflect on any limiting beliefs around success that no longer serve you (your paradigm).
Look at all the things that you avoid or procrastinate on. Make the decision you are going to create new beliefs, new habits and a paradigm that is going to move you forward to where you really want to go.
Focus on developing productive actions that will shift you to the level of success you desire and watch your business grow.