Sounds so simple, doesn’t it? Shift your mindset; change your life.
In last week’s post on taking risks I shared how taking risks had created some big wins in my business in the past year. It also required some spectacular failures. Failure can have a devastating or empowering impact on our mindset – we get to choose.
Mindset is our worst enemy and our best friend! I have learned that the best way to shift my mindset on a daily basis is to let go of outcomes. I learned this from my painting practice over the past couple of years. Painting has taught me to be more detached from outcomes and to just enjoy the process.
When I started painting, I didn’t know what I was doing and if I had focused on creating the perfect canvas, I would have just given up. Instead, I just kept painting, often painting over and over on the same canvas and learning to let go of paintings I loved as well as ones I didn’t particularly like. I have learned to take that practice into my business as coach who helps creative women entrepreneurs to build profitable businesses.
When I am in conversation with a potential client, I want what is best for that individual. I want them to make an empowered decision that is in their highest and best good. If that decision is working with me, great! If that decision is not working with me, even better! When I began to approach every conversation from the perspective of “how can I help you today?” instead of “I need a client!” everything shifted for me.
Throughout this post you can see some examples of paintings that have all been created on the same canvas. I make art because it fills me up. I don’t make art to sell; which means I don’t always share what I create, especially if I don’t love it. What I know for sure about mindset shifts and business success is that both require us to be vulnerable and visible.
I am taking a creative risk today to show you that making art and marketing are both a part of who I am. My creative expression constantly fuels my ideas for my business – from new blog posts, to special offers or products. Creative expression is where I get to dream about success first and then from that dreamy, idea stage I can begin to plan one step at a time towards success.
What’s the worst that could happen?
You might face criticism or doubts, but that’s all. In fact, you might receive constructive feedback that leads you to a better idea. Perhaps some part of your idea can be used to create something bigger and better. My creative ideas don’t always work out – courses that don’t fill, programs that don’t sell, posts that don’t get any comments… It happens, heavy sigh. Try, test, try is the secret to my success in the craft room and in the office.
Rewards Matter More than Risks
On the other hand, what if your idea IS the one that gets attention? This is the great reward for taking that risk. One way to nurture your inner risk taker is to focus on success rather than failure. If you focus on all the great things your idea could bring, it’s impossible to not put it out there.
I am often surprised by what gets the most attention. I have found that the more I am willing to take risks, be authentic and share all of who I am, the more I attract the people who want to work with me.
Reconnect with your Creativity, Design your Roadmap to Success
If you need some support in reconnecting to your creativity and dreaming about your big business dreams, I want to invite you to come and play with me in Los Angeles for The Path to Profit: Design Your Roadmap to Success live summit. You will spend 3 days focused on creating your perfect path to profit. There are 2 upcoming dates to choose from. And as a reader of my newsletter, I want to gift you with a free scholarship to this event (value $997.) You can apply online at http://www.pathtoprofitacademy.com/summit