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4 Slightly Radical Mindset Breakthroughs to Break The 6 Figure Barrier

By Guest Author, Melanie Benson, founder of MoneyDNA Mastery

Ask any successful entrepreneur how much mindset has played into their financial success in business and you’ll hear “90% or more!” What you think about heavily influences what actions you will take (or don’t take) so getting your mindset tuned in to the right success program is essential.

I’ve been thinking a lot about the mindset shifts that have made a big difference in my own success – especially the ones I’ve taught my clients.

These four mindset shifts are slightly radical but significantly important to getting past the stuck spots that hold small business owners hostage below $100,000 a year.

1)      Concentrating on Cash

Early on most small business owners look at the cash coming in as a gauge of success – especially when achieving the big milestones like $100 k, $500k or $1,000,000.  Once you get your business in the black thriving business owners start to focus on profits vs. cash flow. Cash flow is only part of the picture. If you don’t know how much it costs to generate the income then you might not actually have a viable business model for the long term.

2)      Creating Out of Boredom

I can’t tell you how many entrepreneurs I know have an addiction to creating new offerings. When you are first starting your business or at times when you want to ramp things up, creating new offerings makes sense. But you need to create offerings with a strategic plan – not just because you have the urge to make something new. That knee-jerk feeling to create often shows up when you are in fear or you are bored. Thriving entrepreneurs know how to assess the viability of an idea BEFORE they take it to market to ensure your time; money and resources are used wisely.

3)      Making Growth Decisions Based on Budget

If you are making decisions based on how much something costs I guarantee that you will find yourself lagging in the growth department. No matter what stage of growth you are in, the fastest way to better results is too invest in the future you want today. Most of us will never believe we have enough money to afford the resources we need. So you have to invest today in the right resources at the right time to get the right results. Then you can assess what result the investment would need to produce to be a smart choice.

4)      Focusing on Doing More

One of the best mindset shifts I personally ever made was realizing that in order to achieve more I had to become more leveraged. There is a big trap in believing you have to “do” more in order to grow. Ultimately there are only so many hours in the day and when you tap out, you’ll falsely believe you can’t grow any bigger. When you tune your thoughts to “how do I exponentially grow my output by doing less” you’ll find creative strategies to catapult your results.

Elevating your mindset can make a significant impact on your ability to make better decisions and take bigger actions. Check out this FREE training by Melanie Benson, How to Upgrade Your MoneyDNA to Super Charge Results (LINK TO YOUR AFFILIATE CODE) and discover how to upgrade your mindset too.

 

 

 

Blog post #2

7 Signs Your Inner Critic Has Taken Your Goals Hostage

By Guest Author, Melanie Benson, founder of MoneyDNA Mastery

Most of entrepreneurs have a voice in their head that generates doubt and fear. Actually, almost everyone I know has had these kinds of thoughts at some point…

“What if this doesn’t work?”

“Am I really capable of pulling this off?”

“Holy crap, is anyone really going to pay me THAT MUCH?”

“What’s wrong with me? That was a stupid mistake to make!”

 

The inner critic likes to nag at us and cast doubt over our goals and dreams. As normal as doubts and fears are, if your mind surfaces fear, doubt and worry over and over again and it begins to sabotage your ability to grow your business. That’s when your inner critic has taken you hostage.

Obviously, if you are in business for yourself, you can’t afford to have your inner critic take the lead when it comes to making decisions. Not only will that critical inner voice hold you back, it erodes your confidence and courage to pursue your dreams.

Here’s seven signs that your inner critic has moved in to your mind and has taken over.

  1. You talk yourself out of taking big risks with thoughts like, with “What makes you think you can do that?”
  2. The fear of “what people will think” keeps you from taking action.
  3. Because you’ve made mistakes before, you’ll do whatever you can to avoid making one again.
  4. Your self-talk is often full of negative, critical thoughts that you would never say to your best friend.
  5. You’ve caught yourself bad-mouthing someone else who is more successful, perhaps judging or criticizing their approach.
  6. When something goes wrong, you relentlessly beat yourself up and blame yourself for not doing a better job.
  7. Always focused on your growing list of what you didn’t accomplish (instead of what you did), you often feel overwhelmed and stressed out.

The inner critic is often hard to detect. Many who struggle with this type of inner harshness were trained by a parent, authority figure or close friend to be critical. But left untamed, this type of self-talk can cause you depression, not to mention a pile of unrealized dreams.

To turn your thoughts around and start creating an internal “thrive” program, try this:

  • Recognize when your inner critic has been unleashed.
  • Stop immediately. Literally SNAP OUT OF IT.
  • Give yourself a gentle loving reminder to bring yourself back into a neutral or positive mindset.

If your inner critic rules your mind more often than you’d like, be sure to enroll now in Melanie’s free video series, How to Upgrade Your MoneyDNA to Super Charge Results (LINK TO YOUR AFFILIATE CODE.)

Inside I’ll help you identify where your inner critic came from — and how to recode your internal success program so that doubts, fears and worries are replaced automatically with a powerful success program designed for higher levels of success.