Written by: Kelly Rolfe, Executive Contributor
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I have spent the last five years asking my clients this question; are you limiting yourself? And the astonishing answer is yes! You probably are too. Whether you are a million-dollar brand, a six-figure brand, or just starting your entrepreneurial journey, ask yourself this same question, “am I limiting myself in my business?” The chances are that on some level, you are.
Entrepreneurs spend so much time building, marketing, strategizing, DOING; we rarely stop to evaluate ourselves. Entrepreneurship is invigorating, exciting, and thrilling like no other when things are going well, but it is also exhausting, draining, and stressful when things aren’t going so well. Your sales are down, and your funnels aren’t producing, your clients aren’t producing the results they should be; whatever the challenges are, they tend to make us feel as if we are somehow personally responsible. When we believe that we are personally accountable for the entirety of our business’ successes and failures, we leave ourselves vulnerable to self-deprecating thoughts. “Where did I go wrong?”; “What was I thinking?”; “Who do I think I am trying to reach for that goal?”.
The most successful entrepreneurs in the world spend time dedicated to growing themselves daily. To learning, evolving, strengthening themselves in both mindset and strategy because they both matter equally. The business strategy is incredibly important in building the business of your dreams, but I believe that when coupled with the mindset and personal growth practices, you truly become unstoppable in creating the life and business of your dreams. When both mindset and strategy are strengthened daily, you will be able to release the self-deprecating thoughts and feelings. You will be able to handle the ebbs and flows of business with rock-solid self-belief. You will be able to face adversity without questioning your worth and/or abilities as an entrepreneur.
I recommend doing a few daily practices to ensure that you are equipped to break the pattern of limiting beliefs, self-sabotaging behavior and self-deprecating thoughts.
The most important practice of personal growth is a minimum of 30 minutes of personal development daily. This could be reading a book, listening to a podcast, or watching a motivational video. This practice will open you up to the power of self-improvement, the beauty of healing the self-deprecating beliefs, and giving you the tools to replace those beliefs.
Journaling is an incredibly powerful yet underrated tool in growing yourself and releasing your limiting beliefs. Daily journaling will allow you to release all of the thoughts that just swirl around in your brain all day. The act of writing is scientifically proven to assist in releasing repetitive thought patterns. This is because when you write your thoughts down, you become aware of them. When you become aware of your thought patterns, you can make a conscious decision to change the thought pattern.
Gratitude as a daily practice is life-altering in the way we see the world and ourselves. I encourage you to write down a minimum of three things you are grateful for before you start your day and to end your day with a minimum of three things that you were grateful for throughout the day. If you want to get the most out of your gratitude practice, I encourage you to avoid writing down the big things such as “my family, a roof over my head, freshwater” and think smaller such as “a beautiful conversation with a friend, a quiet and slow start to my day, hearing my children’s laughter”. Focusing on the smaller moments reprograms your brain to look for moments to be grateful for throughout the day.
Exercise daily. This is not only incredibly important for your health; it is very helpful as a tool in your personal development journey. Daily exercise reduces levels of the body’s stress hormones (adrenaline and cortisol) while also stimulating endorphins production. Daily exercise also increases mental clarity and promotes better sleep, all of which assist in having the energy and mental clarity to challenge and heal our self-deprecating beliefs.
When you are able to implement a few small changes into your daily habits, the impacts will be life-changing. Your mental clarity, emotional stability, and entrepreneurial power will increase, giving you the tools and perseverance to handle all that your life and business throw at you. Your ability to think and react clearly and from a stable place will drastically reduce your limiting beliefs, self-sabotaging behavior and self-deprecating thoughts. Show up for yourself every day. You are limitless and capable of everything that you desire!
Kelly Rolfe, Executive Contributor Brainz Magazine
Kelly Rolfe is a Life and Business Coach, dedicated to teaching people how to master their mindset in order to grow exponentially in business. She believes that in order to have a successful and sustainable business, entrepreneurs need to master their mindset as much as their strategy. Without self love and self belief, entrepreneurship can be overwhelming and hard. Kelly has helped many people to recognize and overcome their limiting beliefs which has allowed her clients to show up authentically and with flow in their businesses. Kelly is a two-time international best-selling author and loves to combine her passions of teaching and writing in her books.