Have you thought about whether you have an abundance mindset or a scarcity mindset? Does the world to you seem helpful or hostile to you? How you answer these questions not only will affect how you see the world but how you see your business.
An Unexpected Goodbye – Is This the End or a New Beginning?
Picture this: your favorite client tells you that she won’t be needed your coaching services anymore. And you didn’t see it coming.
She’s been your anchor client for a couple of years. She’s been with you from the beginning of your career, and she’s come a long way. You think maybe she could still use your support, but she feels like it’s time to move on.
You’re crushed. You’ll miss your times together. But now, you’re starting to feel anxious.
Although you’ve been consistently marketing your services, now you feel some immense pressure to find a new anchor client. Your mind starts to race—do you have any prospective clients? Do you need to change your marketing strategy?
Then the thoughts start: I’ll never be able to find a better client. This is terrible. My coaching business is probably ruined. I’ll never be able to get this coaching business to be sustainable again. Everyone else gets to be successful except for me.
You feel like you’re starting to spiral into disaster mode. It’s a big blow, losing this client, but do you think you’ll be able to recover?
Whether you bounce back from this mostly depends on how you view things.
Are you doomed or are you resilient?
If you ever find yourself in a challenging place in your business, you’ll want to consider the following and help yourself create an abundance mindset.
1. Be Aware of Your Words and Thoughts
Your words have power, even the words that you think. But sometimes, when we face challenges, there are tapes that start automatically playing. Oh, I’ll never get this right. I’ll never get out of debt. Life is always hard for me. I never have enough time. There never seems to be enough money when I need it.
We may say these things to ourselves or loved ones, and we don’t even pay attention. But our inner selves are listening…and they are believing every word we say.
What you think and say about yourself and your business have everything to do with what you believe—and vice versa!
So back to the example above—if you want to get better clients, then you have to believe that you deserve them! You have to believe that it’s possible. But if you feel like it’s always hard or you’ll never get them, then this belief will be made manifest in your life.
2. Your Words Have Power
Because our inner selves are always listening, our words have so much more power than we realize.
You may be feeling stuck in your business and be frustrated why you can’t seem to be progressing. Try examining what you say about your business. What do you say to yourself, to your friends and family, to your colleagues? If you find that your words are mostly negative, it may be time to start using some affirmations.
Affirmations can be a great way to re-wire what you think and believe about yourself. You can even start with the negative things and turn them around.
I’m learning as I go. I am on my way to living a debt-free life. Life gets easier and easier for me. My coaching business is sustainable. I have a successful coaching business. I have the best clients. There is more than enough for me.
Post these positive words everywhere—in your bathroom, on your car’s steering wheel, in your home office, as your computer’s background and screensaver. Start immersing yourself with encouraging words and you’ll see that you’ll start shifting into an abundance mindset.
3. Surround Yourself with People Who Have an Abundance Mindset
Since words have power, the words you hear from other people matter, too. Who are you listening to the most? Are these people uplifting and supportive, or are they wet blankets on your parade?
To keep and maintain your abundance mindset, you may need to start shifting who you spend your time with.
If you find that you’re surrounded by a lot of people who only seem to see the downside of everything, who only see the glass as half-empty, you need to start limiting your time with them.
And this isn’t to say you need to be around people who seem to be happy all the time. That’s another unhealthy extreme because life isn’t a bowl of cherries all the time. Sometimes, life can be just the pits.
So who do you want in your corner, especially when you only focus on how tough things are?
What you want are people who can see challenges as opportunities, people who won’t encourage you to feel despair when things get hard, people who remind you of your great value as a person.
4. Develop an Attitude of Gratitude
I’m sure you’ve heard this so many times—focus on what you have, not what you don’t have. And sometimes, that can be hard. But time after time, when I’ve practiced an attitude of gratitude, an abundance mentality is much easier to maintain.
One practical way to start making gratitude a daily practice is to keep a gratitude journal. Start with 5 things every day. And these can be basic things, such as having running water, a safe place to live, clean clothes, and enough food to eat.
What starts to happen is that as you practice being grateful, you start to see how abundant your life really is—it’s almost like magic!
You can apply this to your business, too. At the end of each workday, take note of what you are grateful for in your business. This can be great to look back on when things are going rough. You can see what you’ve accomplished and remember that you can do even better.
5. Set Goals for What You Desire
One way to transform a scarcity mindset into an abundance mindset is to take your dissatisfactions and disappointment and turn them into actionable goals.
So if you lost an anchor client, a goal would be to replace this anchor client (and you can put a timeframe, e.g., 60 days). If you feel like your income is low, create an income goal. If you want better-paying clients, create a goal around revising your ideal client and editing your marketing plan.
By using goal setting to reframe your complaints, you empower yourself to create the life that you want for yourself.
You don’t have to be stuck in the reality that you’re currently experiencing. You can create meaningful changes—and all starts with an abundance mindset!
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