What do you want to create in 2021?
It’s natural that how we feel about our business will change over the years. But we should pay attention to our thoughts. Are we thinking about what we don’t want? Or are we thinking about what we do want? It matters. A lot. And we can tell by noticing how we feel.
Thoughts about what we want will create feelings of excitement and curiosity. Thoughts about what we don’t want will lead to frustration and impatience.
“My business consumes all my time” triggers overwhelm.
“I’m doing things in my business I don’t want to do” causes frustration or resentment.
“I’m putting out fires all day” makes us annoyed and exhausted.
The results we get in our business are affected by how we feel.
When frustration, overwhelm, and resentment are the emotions driving our actions, it’s like driving down the road with one foot on the gas and one on the brake. It creates interference and collateral damage. It takes longer or we don’t get the results we want.
We can change how we feel by shifting our focus to what we want. Think of it as two sides of a coin. What we want is on the other side of what we don’t want. The minute we start to feel negative emotions, we know we’re focusing on what we don’t want. When that happens we can flip the coin and reframe our thoughts.
When we align our feelings with the results we want, we get them faster and enjoy the journey. Imagine how it’ll feel once our business runs without taking all of our time—free, confident, relaxed. We can create those feelings on purpose before we take action so that our results are aligned.
Imagine a compelling future.
When we have a compelling future that’s calling to us, then our focus shifts to answering my favorite question: “How can I…?”
How can I scale my business and cut my hours in half?
How can I generate recurring revenue?
How can I differentiate my business so that we own our niche?
What does that future look like for you? It could be the solution you want to productize, the systems that will lead to 10X growth, the team you want to build. Maybe you want to start a new business, build a house, write a book. Don’t be stopped by thoughts that you don’t have time, or it’s too late, or it might not work.
Imagine the future you who has reached your compelling goals. How do you think, feel, and act? In your mind, put yourself in that future now. Then practice thinking, feeling, and doing those things now.
The business we have today reflects our past thinking. It’s up to us to create the future we want.