Have you got a business mindset?

Feb 18, 2021Other, Business Matters

Have you got a business mindset?

Are you a business person?

Have you got a business mindset to succeed?

Or do you feel stuck?

Most people would say of course I want to succeed, but if you are struggling this blog could help by making you aware of your personal blockages and contributions to success.

If you want to do well in business you need to have a positive outlook and tackle the personal barriers to success.

We are in difficult times with the pandemic so there are no guarantees, however you can achieve more if you deal with your mind monkeys and think in a different way.

What is mindset?

Mindset is about the way we think. It comes down to what we believe.

Do you believe that your mind can develop, and change or do you believe that you know things that can’t change?

Carole Dweck, a psychologist, states that there are two types of mindset- a fixed mindset or a growth mindset. But she also acknowledges that mindset has become a ‘buzzword’ and its more than putting effort into things. It’s a whole new way of working, learning and developing. In her book Mindset, she states that having a fixed mindset can lead to people needing to keep checking that they are right.

Checking in on yourself can be helpful but if done obsessively it can make you doubt yourself.

Further research has shown that having a growth mindset can help children and adults to achieve more in life. However, it is acknowledged that we can’t say a growth mindset will lead to success as we also need confidence, self-esteem and self-efficacy. For us as business individuals, it is a complex integration of biological, social and psychological aspects that can lead to success.

A recent study by Chen et al 2020 concludes that a strategic mindset is more important. This means that you need to act in a strategic way rather than having a huge number of strategic skills.

So stand back and think about you in this wider picture.

What can I do to change my mindset?

Start by identifying issues and asking yourself some questions. For example,

‘What can I do to help myself?’

‘Is there a better way that I can do this?’ 

It’s about identifying problems to reduce anxiety and learning.

So, how we think affects our lives and our brains. Some people think the brain is static but there is now evidence that the brain can change in a branch of science called neuroplasticity. Changes occur because of genetics, what we do and the environment.

Consequently, the way we think affects the way we feel and behave. Its all connected so getting a positive mindset will help.

Positive thinking will let you do everything better than negative thinking will. Zig Zigar

What are the barriers to a business mindset?

There are lots of barriers to personal development that can impact your business mindset.

Here are a few issues that you might need to consider changing.


If you don’t think you can succeed in life it will be difficult to do it. We all want to succeed and sometimes we don’t achieve what we want but that doesn’t mean that you can’t learn and succeed in something else. Alternately get better in what you want to do.

Maybe people have said to you in the past that you aren’t good enough.

Perhaps you have had other things go wrong in your life.

If this is so, you can still achieve new things in your life by believing in your abilities and determination to develop. Even believing that this is the time that your luck is in will help.

With a growth mindset, we accept things we can’t change but then go on to think about the learning and what we might be able to do in the future. For example. you might say that you are no good at writing reports but if you add the word ‘yet’ to the end of the sentence you are thinking that you can change when you have learnt the skills to do it.

A growth mindset is also about accepting mistakes and learning from them.


Sometimes when we have too many demands on us or we are not feeling our best we start to procrastinate.

This means that things you want to get done just don’t happen.

You delay things. Sometimes you postpone something because you fear that it is going to be too difficult.

The first step is to become aware of what you are doing to yourself. Then try and work out why.

One reason might be stress and anxiety issues.

Stress and anxiety makes procrastination worse so if you feel stressed start to get balance in life and ensure that you do activities that you enjoy in life. Take back control.

Are you a perfectionist and feel that the task must be done in a certain way?

Some people resort to self-defeating behaviours such as drinking too much alcohol, eating too much or even taking drugs to get them past a difficult job. This won’t help in the long run and may make things much worse.

One method to get around procrastination is to aim to do the task at the best time in the day for you.

If you are a morning person do the task first. If you are an evening person wait till the end of the day before tackling it.

A prioritised ‘ToDo’ list will also help.

If you are still procrastinating, you need to get unstuck. This will mean getting help.

Lack of self-confidence

Confidence in ourselves is about trusting, valuing and judging ourselves in a good way. Confidence feels powerful.

We all lack confidence in some things but if it’s becoming a barrier to you progressing then do something about it.

Self-confidence is reflected in our body language and behaviours. So, stand up straight look directly at people and smile. Show that you have a positive attitude even in difficult times.

If you are still struggling, talk to a trusted friend, or speak to a professional helper such as a counsellor.

Don’t let a lack of self-confidence stop you from achieving things in life, because any shy, embarrassing and uncomfortable feelings can be addressed and changed.

The Imposter syndrome

Many people think that they are not good enough.

You feel like an imposter because you have this internal judgement going on. Many people feel inadequate and start to doubt their abilities, especially at work. You believe that you are a fraud. This often comes from you setting yourself too high standards that you expect to complete quickly.

You might not think that a person like you can grow a business, but you can if you have a vision and learn.

Consider your personal expectations. Are your self rules too high?

What makes someone an expert anyway?

Writing a list of all your skills and achievements might help to convince you that you can achieve.

Visualise yourself as a successful person in the future will also help.

Fear of failure

So you want to learn and develop your business and your life but you are worried about failure. That’s a normal fear because we all want to do well in life and it’s true you might not succeed.

This may have been triggered by experiences in our childhood or traumatic events.

Stop fear ruling your life.

So how can you address this fear? It’s about risk assessment and contingency plans. This will reduce the risk of failure but it won’t stop some things that are not predictable or within your control.

Some people like to view past failures and consider new goals as challenges.

Gathering enough information will also help. If excessive fears are stopping you from progressing consider consulting with a counsellor or hypnotherapist. A health check from your doctor is also a good idea especially if the fear is intense or if you have health problems.

Lack of focus

Are you clear about what you want? Is it achievable? Is it clear to the people that you are working with? By setting a mission statement you might think others know what you want to achieve but they might not think or behave in the same way as you. Your words might not align with theirs.

Be clear.

Visualise your success.

Pay attention to what is important.

In order to carry out a positive action, we must develop here a positive vision. Dalai Lama

One way to learn how to focus is to practice Mindfulness. Mindfulness techniques help you to bring your attention to the here and now.

This is one way you can sit mindfully for a few minutes.

Sit comfortably in a chair, take some deep breaths in and out and then allow yourself to breathe naturally. Next just notice your breathing for a few minutes. Notice the rise and fall of your ribcage. Sense the temperature of the air as it goes in and out of your nostrils. Become aware of your rhythm of breathing. Just notice. After a few minutes stop focusing on your breathing and carry on with whatever you need to do.

Other mind techniques, for example, hypnosis uses positive suggestions to help you to relax and become conscious of what you are subconsciously telling yourself.

Lack of support

When times get difficult or we feel stuck you may need to find support.

It can feel like a lonely place in business.

The support you use should be trusted and may fall into the personal or business category.

For business, you might need to get professional advice, seek information to make difficult decisions or delegate to others who can reduce pressures. You may also need further training or IT support.

In your personal life, you might need health advice from your doctor. You might need to talk to someone like a professional counsellor or psychotherapist. Or you might need to learn to relax, develop relationships and get that work/ life balance back.

Knowing when you need support shows a positive mindset.

Finally, if you already have a business mindset that’s great. But remember that others may be experiencing some personal barriers. Perhaps you can suggest ways that they can get support!

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Awaken the Change is about Focusing Minds for Positive Results

Awaken the Change is a self-help service providing education and information.

Linda sees clients at her practice in Bournemouth, in the UK. She is also happy to provide online help via webcam for hypnotherapy, counselling and supervision. Counselling and supervision can also be provided by telephone.

Linda is an accredited trainer and supervisor.

Linda Witchell
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