“Happiness is the feeling you’re feeling when you want to keep feeling it.” Author Unknown
There is more to starting a business than deciding on what you are going to do, choosing a name for your business and setting up a website. You have to develop the right mindset for starting a business, an entrepreneurial mindset which I address in my book, 31 Powerful Lessons: Empowering Teens and Young Adults to Develop an Entrepreneur Mindset.
The first step is making a decision that you want to have your own business. Part of this decision making process should include taking stock of your life and giving yourself a reality check. It requires complete honesty with yourself. There is no point in trying to fool yourself into something that isn’t real because in that way, you set yourself up to fail.
The benefit of having a clear picture of what you are feeling about your life is that you can take steps to transform the things that are negative. It is important to remember, that, whether you know it or not, believe it or night, it is TRUE that your thoughts create your reality. The more positive your thoughts are the better chance you have at creating success.
Here’s the challenge I present to you now. Look at the 12 areas in your life listed below. Look at the words and ask yourself truthfully, which one describes you most closely? Circle the one that most accurately describes your life, then answer the questions below.
Feels Good VS. Feels Bad
1. Lifestyle 1. Student/Workstyle
2. Balance 2. Disorder
3. Financial Freedom 3. Financial Stress
4. Great Health 4. Poor Health
5. High Energy 5. Tired
6. Love 6. Fear
7. Spiritual Connection 7. Spiritual Disconnection
8. Living on Purpose 8. Lost
9. Healthy Relationships 9. Toxic Relationships
10. Mental Clearness 10. Mental Confusion
11. Experiencing Life 11. Being Stuck
12. Being Satisfied 12. Being Frustrated
Look through your responses to this activity. Now answer these questions:
Which column has more descriptions of your life circled?
What do your responses to this activity tell you about your life?
Now you have something things to think about. What can you do to transform those things that are in the Feeling Bad column? It would be a good idea to prioritize in terms of which would be easier to take action on to change as quickly as possible.
Marcia Wieder calls this process of transformation completion. You do what you need to do to change, fix, clear out, whatever is keeping you in the negative column and you have completed those things and find yourself in the positive column.
What have you identified as being in the thumbs down column, what is making that so, and how can you transform that?
Have you read 31 Powerful Lessons: Empowering Teens and Young Adults to Develop an Entrepreneur Mindset? If not, why not?