Have you ever wondered what it takes to become an Olympic Athlete, compete in the Ironman contest, or win a Grand Slam tennis match when you’re nearly at the brink of defeat? If you ask coaches and athletes, they will almost unanimously mention that mental toughness gave them the edge. Mental toughness is the ability to maintain focus and determination to stay on a course of action regardless of the difficulties.
Entrepreneurs are often confronted with tough situations, leading you to feel like quitting. Just like athletes who are preparing for the next competition, entrepreneurs must train and condition their mental toughness if they want to last and succeed in the game of life. Here are five techniques you can use to strengthen your mental toughness
Be Positive – There is a lot of chit-chat going through our minds, and it is common for negative thoughts to seep into our mind. You should focus only on positive thoughts, which then leads you to feeling good. Take time to consider why you’re running your own business in the first place. An easy way to stay positive is to create an affirmation statement that gets you pumped up. For example, you affirmation statement can be, “I want to earn $X amount in residual income by Dec 31.” If you have a powerful reason why, you can get through anything. Anytime you catch yourself slacking off, losing motivation, or feel like quitting, repeat your affirmation statement until you start feeling good.
Talk to Yourself – If you don’t have a mentor or coach available that you can speak to right away, the next best thing is to talk to yourself. You can say, “I know this is tough, but I’m going to give it my all,” and then repeat your affirmation statement. Following from the first technique, talk only about positive thoughts. If you do it enough times, you can motivate yourself without have a coach or mentor present.
Visualization – Take some time to imagine the type of person you want to become and the future you want. Imagine what your perfect day will be like. For example, you can visualize receiving $x amount in commission checks each week. You can picture yourself having that dream vacation, or having that extra time spending with family and friends. Once you visualize it, start to imagine what it would feel like when you have that vision crystal clear. Make sure you have this playing like a movie in your mind.
Meditation – Meditation has been used throughout the centuries, across different cultures, to reduce stress, enhance mental clarity, or even induce relaxation. Focus on clearing your mind, and begin to prepare yourself mentally for the work and challenges ahead of you that will lead to making your Why or affirmation statement come true.
Get Uncomfortable – The only way you can grow is to step outside of your comfort zone. If you’re afraid of picking up the phone, then start small and make 1 or 2 phone calls a day. If you still feel afraid, follow one of the four techniques mentioned above to stimulate your motivation. Once you are comfortable with that first or second call, then increase the number of calls by one or two, until picking up the phone feels natural to you.
Good luck! A strong mind is the key to becoming a successful entrepreneur.