Fear and self-doubt are part and parcel of the entrepreneurial journey. Running a business can take a great toll on your physical and mental health, and business burnout is a real threat.
When you’re feeling overwhelmed or rundown, it’s easy to lose sight of why you started your business in the first place. If you want to realign you mindset for business success, try reminding yourself of the following mantras. With a little repetition, they’ll become part of your regular thought process, helping you remain focused and dedicated.
Stay on the path to success with these six powerful mantras from Entrepreneur:
1) I trust that this will turn out greater than my wildest imagination.
Many of you became entrepreneurs to exercise more control in your lives. But what happens when your ability to control gets out of balance? When the gift becomes your downfall? This is a sure sign you’re stuck in the incessant chatter of the mind, and it’s time to come back to a state of trust.
According to respected coach Jesse Elder, “It doesn’t matter if it’s true; it matters if you believe it and it makes you feel good.” It’s important to capture a state of possibility, joy and positivity so you can start creating a different reality for yourself.
2) No one has ever been or will ever be my unique flavor of genius.
With the ever-presence of social media, it’s easier than ever to get stuck in the trap of comparison. This mantra is a great way to ditch that trap and focus on your genius. Not a single human on the planet has your fingerprints, your DNA, your story or your unique set of gifts. So rock them!
3) I enjoy taking my time and celebrating each stage of the process.
Don’t believe the myth that you need to rush to some perceived finish line. Entrepreneurship is a marathon, not a race. Take the time to remind yourself to slow down and enjoy the mini-wins. Your brain will thank you for the serotonin rush!
4) I prioritize my spacious time and give myself the gift of vacation days.
It’s way too easy to get derailed by a never-ending project list — especially for neurotic creatives. Depriving yourself of relaxation and rest, though, is not the answer. You’re busy, but you also have the benefit of being your own boss. Give yourself a break: Take your vacation days, pause for rest between launches, and carve out space in your calendar to allow creativity and mystery to unfold.
5) I prioritize and value my own internal wisdom and vision.
Learn to quiet the chatter, tune into yourself, and lead from your vision. Don’t let the expectations or advice of others veer you off your path. You are your own greatest teacher.
6) I always find my joy when I return to a heart of service.
When you’re swimming in the sea of to-dos and tasks, it can be hard to remember why you got into your business in the first place. (I’ve realized that I’m the happiest version of myself when I come from a place of genuine contribution and service. In this state, I also achieve the most financial success. A total win-win.)
Redenim Founder Kelly Navagh Erst keeps this mantra at the forefront. “Whenever I feel disconnected from my customers in my business, I remind myself that at its core, Redenim is centered around body positivity,” she said. “Sometimes I get caught up and lose sight of that, but when I feel like I’m not connecting with women, reminding myself of our core values helps me with everything from content to customer service.”
Defeat fear and self-doubt by repeating these mantras and writing them down where they’ll be easily visible.
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