The Importance Of Adopting A Wellness Mindset
Setback after setback, one rejection after another, and countless unsuccessful efforts to share your vision with the world can be a bear on our self-esteem and mental grit. We craft this tool that we KNOW will be transformative in the lives of many, and this is motivating to us. But, if not well received by our potential clients, we may be prompted to come back to the drawing board to make adjustments. This can leave us feeling a sharp sting of rejection in the process.
We know how important having grit and tenacity is when relentlessly pursuing and reaching our business goals, and we have all the fluffy inspirational quote pictures to prove it (*insert your fav instagram quote here). But our mindset has to include much more than the focus on the positive, feel-good stuff. Having a growth A.K.A. “wellness” mindset will help us stay motivated to continue in our work. It will also allow us to incorporate other facets of growth that may not be as rewarding to our ego, but necessary nonetheless. Here are some ways that a wellness mindset can support us on our entrepreneurial journey.
What is a wellness mindset?
A wellness mindset is my term for a growth mindset. I love all things wellness. Focusing on wellness allows us to adjust our thinking to that which helps support our greatest good. A wellness mindset includes the following:
Taking or feeling in control
Taking calculated risks
So let’s start with the parts that are generally motivating by nature and put them into context. Both positive thinking and optimism are ways that we use our mind to stay encouraged and hopeful for preferred outcomes. For example, you feel like your new venture is worth the time, sweat and tears that you are pouring in it. Without a shadow of a doubt, you believe in its success. Could you actually continue taking action if you felt like you would not reach your goal? Probably not. If you started this venture with the idea that the chance to fail was great, it would be almost impossible for you to bring it to fruition. You will undoubtedly run out of steam and your efforts would wane, and as a result, you don’t reach your goal.
Positive thinking and optimism produces a tendency to take action because your belief is stronger than the possibility of failure. And taking action will always yield results, no matter if the results are the ones we want or not. Positive thinking allows the platform for us to move into the next area (which is usually in tandem) of having a wellness mindset: taking or feeling in control.
Positive thinking and optimism produces a tendency to take action because your belief is stronger than the possibility of failure.
When we feel in control of our actions and outcomes, we are a force to be reckoned with. Feeling like we can control the direction of our lives is the cornerstone of entrepreneurship. We have an uncanny ability to believe that if we take action, we will get what we want.
Entrepreneurship is not about passive action. It’s about confident action. Feeling like we have the power to make change is an invigorating feeling. And to be honest, when I actually do the work and see outcomes, I feel like I am on fire. Action begets action. You would be surprised at the number of individuals that feel like life happens to them (and as a result they feel disempowered). Entrepreneurs don’t choose to give away their power but instead gain momentum with the consistent, intentional actions that they take. From here, we understand the power of choice and use the information from our choices to take smarter, calculated actions.
Calculated risks vs uninformed risks are what likely separates successful entrepreneurs from those who continue to struggle to make progress. From our confident action, we have to take note of outcomes. Being smart and strategic with our next steps allows us to stay informed about the trends and direction of our business.
Taking calculated risks allows us to take action in a way that keeps us in the game. Smart entrepreneurship is finding a way to reduce risk with each new plan. We build processes and study outcomes. We develop a plan that works until it doesn’t. The investment of time and resources is costly and always look to maximize our return. Leaving too much to chance or making the same mistakes over and over can be defeating. And when we feel defeated, we slow down and may eventually stop altogether. Being informed about our investments and having a plan to track progress is how we are able to survive!
We know that entrepreneurship is tough; otherwise, everyone would be able to persist. Knowing this should prepare us for the continued evaluation of our efforts. This leads us to our last point of having a wellness mindset: being solution focused.
Calculated risks vs uninformed risks are what likely separates successful entrepreneurs from those who continue to struggle to make progress.
Setbacks are inevitable.
We can’t control the outcomes, just our actions. We set intentions, but know that ultimately we may not reach our intended result. And that’s okay. Entrepreneurs are problem-solvers. We see a need in the world and based on our passions, we work to solve that particular need. This is our mission. If we continue to focus on just the problem, we can stay stuck. We can’t move forward if we allow our setback to be our downfall.
Focusing on the reasons why something didn’t work out the way we intended is necessary. But perseverating on it is another. This is why being solution-focused is imperative. This allows us to acknowledge the lesson in the ‘failure’ and focus on ways through the problem.
Have an issue with reaching your target market and connecting with your intended audience?
Assessing what has worked in your approach and look at what has not yielded results. Take the efforts that have not been successful and put them aside and scale up what is working. Continuing to focus on what didn’t work and complaining about the time and effort we put into that effort will cause mental burnout. For example, I created an opt-in for wellness challenge that I ran. I created this beautiful guide as my trip-wire, and it fell flat. I spent HOURS crafting it and was so proud of the outcome. However, the trip-wire wasn’t appropriate for my lead magnet, and more importantly for my audience. It didn’t match. Was I disappointed? Of course! Did I try several ways to sell my trip-wire? You betcha. But what I learned was my lead magnet audience didn’t care about the trip-wire. So I had to scrap it as a lost and focus on what part did work.
Luckily, the wellness challenge was a success. It allowed me to grow my email list and help participants lose weight, so I saw this as an opportunity to be more strategic with my efforts for the next run. Being solution-focused allows me to view my ‘"failure" as a way to seek out a way to improve my marketing skills. Ultimately a win-win for me. Focusing on a solution allows us to remain mentally aware of ways to be resourceful. And in entrepreneurship, being resourceful is a resource!
Understanding how impactful our mindset is on being a successful entrepreneur should prompt us to take inventory constantly. Having a wellness mindset doesn’t mean we won’t feel discouraged, negative or defeated at times. It provides a healthy foundation so that we won’t stay there. It is more mentally taxing to be down and out regarding our business efforts than it is to be hopeful and encourage. Take a good look at where you are currently spending your mental efforts. I hope that on your entrepreneurial journey you find that your efforts support longevity and continued prosperity.
written by chaquita renette
Chaquita Renette is a certified fitness nutritionist and psychologist that specializes in helping women working in mental health professions reduce stress, gain awareness of their mindset + relationship with their bodies, and work to properly fuel their bodies for optimal well-being and functioning. Visit her website.