By Phillip Chichoni
Success starts in your mind. If you think you can do it, then you can. If you think you can’t, you are probably right.
Starting a business is a big bold step. It takes guts to get started. A lot of people want to start businesses, or expand their existing enterprises, but are still waiting; waiting for the right moment, the right opportunity or the right environment. Others have done their research, gathered all the information they need but they still hesitate. Their mind is not yet ready.
Before getting out there and starting something you need to overcome some internal challenges. These include stress, self doubt, negativity, lack of focus, blaming others and fear of failure. Yu need the right mindset if you really want to succeed.
The most important step you will need to take is to prepare your mind. Here are five ways to prepare your mind:
- READ INSPIRATIONAL BOOKS. Authors like Tony Robbins, Jack Canfield, Rhonda Byrne and locally Rabison Shumba, Milton Kamwendo and others are so full of inspiration that reading them will tune you positively for success.
- SET BOLD GOALS. Big, hairy audacious goals will summon your mind to think beyond your comfort zone. Clear goals give you a purpose, a reason to want to jump out of bed early every morning.
- VISUALIZE SUCCESS. A successful athlete said he sees himself already holding the trophy even before the race has begun. Usain Bolt would shout and scream that he was the world 100 metres champion; he lost many times but eventually he broke the record. Seeing the future in your mind’s eye is a powerful way of preparing your mind for success.
- BE PREPARED TO CHANGE. Once you get into business, you will need to move beyond your usual friends, habits and activities. You will be a new person so you must be prepared to let go of the old you.
- AVOID NEGATIVE THOUGHTS. Negative thoughts stress and tire you. Instead, learn to think positively all the time, even when things are going bad. One trait of entrepreneurs is that they see every problem as an opportunity. Instead of worrying and stressing, they think of solutions.
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Phillip Chichoni is the author of books including “Business Planning Simplified” and “The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Starting a Business in Zimbabwe”. He is also the founder of SME BusinessLink Network, and publisher of BusinessLink Magazine. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.