I’m the type of person who is a go-getter. I see something I want and I make a plan to get it. I typically achieve the goals I set for myself because I’m excellent at making plans and sticking to my commitments. (If you feel like you need help with this—grab my Goal Setting Package, it will walk you step by step through the system I use to set goals and make plans.)
Here’s something that I used to struggle with, however, the feeling of overwhelm at getting all these things done in order to accomplish my plan. I had to start working on my mindset in order to change my systems, become more productive, and lose the feeling of overwhelm.
5 Mindset Changes
Here are the top five most important mindset changes that I work on everyday (remember you MUST consistently work on your mindset to change it) to stay productive and out of the overwhelm.
1. Stop Trying to do Everything.
You CANNOT do everything. So please, just stop trying to. You’re only stressing yourself out, exhausting your energy, and being inefficient with your time.
Instead, pick the ONE thing each day that will have the biggest positive impact toward meeting your goals. Then, pick 2 additional items that need to get done to help you move forward. Once these three items are done…anything else you accomplish that day is bonus. Shift your thinking from “I have to get everything done.” to “I have to get the most important thing done.”
2. Count to Five
OK…so how do you deal with doing the ONE thing each day? Especially if you really, really, really don’t want to? You count to five and then take off and do it. You rip off the proverbial band-aid. I got this mindset strategy from Mel Robbins in her book The 5 Second Rule. You have to switch your mindset from “I don’t want to” to “I’m doing this right now”. The 5 Second Rule is the easiest way I’ve found to change your mindset on “I don’t want to”.
3. Make the Time
One of my very favorite books for business is You Are a Badass at Making Money by Jen Sincero. In this book Jen says “Time comes to those who make it, not those who try to find it.” Pure brilliance. This is so true. If you’re going to get what you want and reach your goals, you have to stop complaining about all the time you don’t have. If something is important enough to you, you will make the time to get things done. Period. So you have to switch your mindset from “I don’t have time” to “I am going to make the time”.
4. An Attitude of Gratitude
This is a huge one. Shifting your mindset to one of gratitude will take you far in reaching your goals. It is easy to be grateful for the good things, but having a mindset of gratitude means also being grateful for the big plate of shit you were just served. Start looking for the lesson or the good that comes from abad experience. You will be surprised what you learn and notice when you do this. The mindset switch here is “That was crappy” to “I learned “this” and I’m grateful.”
**A note on this** I am NOT saying don’t be frustrated, upset, angry. These are emotions that we all feel. So feel them—and then move on. Once you’ve felt your emotions about the situation, start thinking about what you can take away from the experience and be grateful for. It is the wallowing in the negative emotions that gets us stuck and leaves us far from our goals. So—to recap—feel the crappy but then think about the happy.
5. Focus on Your Why
The last mindset shift that has been VERY helpful for me is thinking about the why first, then the how. By nature, I am a very linear, process oriented person—which I am very grateful for, I consider it a gift. BUT, it is really easy for me to get hyper focused on the how. So, I have to make a very pointed effort to think of my why first. If I remember why I’m doing something it makes the hows (especially the really hard, not fun, hows) much easier to take on. Remembering your “why” will motivate you to get through the difficult things you’ll need to do to reach your goals. So instead of thinking of “How will I do this?”first, switch your first thoughts to “I’m doing this because of…”
Being a Mom Boss is Hard-Mindset Will Help!
Ladies…as a mom boss you have a very unique experience filled with unique challenges. If you’re going to be successful at raising your family and growing a successful business, mindset work is a must. Mindset is 80% of your success. I promise you, if you start working on it consistently, you are gong to be more productive and find success much quicker than if you ignore it.
Stay the course….you can do it!
What is your biggest mindset hurdle? What do you need help with. Comment below—I bet you’re not alone.
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