In the worlds of psychology and business, you’ll often hear the terms ‘growth mindset’ and ‘fixed mindset’. Mindset in general refers to the learned attitudes you’ve adopted over time; so a growth mindset is the attitude that you can always change for the better whereas a fixed mindset means you believe that you’re stuck with your natural skills without any room for improvement.
Every single person on earth has one of these mindsets. The good news is that if you’re stuck in a fixed mindset, you can make changes to shift into a growth mindset. One way to shift a fixed mindset is to incorporate tiny habits into your routine. Complete these habits enough times and a good habit forms, which can help shift your mindset.
Why is a growth mindset important? When you’re eager to grow, life presents you with more options. Growth mindset means you can learn new things; you can change your lifestyle; you can create a more positive outlook on life which then leads to new opportunities.
Think about your coworkers or friends who complain about their job or their boss. Complainers are usually stuck in a fixed mindset, meaning they think they’re stuck in their cubicle job for life. If they were in a growth mindset, they would be asking for new responsibilities, searching for a new job, or thinking of starting their own business.
How tiny are Tiny Habits?
I’m referring to those small habits that you incorporate into your daily life which help you shift into a more positive growth mindset. A tiny habit might be reading a self-help book every night for 15 minutes; reading not only improves your vocabulary and expands your knowledge but you can put this self-help advice to work in your life. The process of reading, learning, and incorporating this advice will eventually shift your mindset toward growth when you see positive changes occurring.
Here are three tiny habits for home business growth that can help you shift your mindset:
1. Spend 5 minutes a day visualizing your next career step. Rather than thinking of your ultimate career goal, break the path down into smaller steps. For instance, if you want to start a work from home business, think of what you need to accomplish first before quitting your day job.
2. Recap your accomplishments at the end of the day. Focusing on the positive results of your work day allows you to leave on a positive note. Avoid dwelling on what wasn’t finished; simply put those tasks onto a new to-do list and save them for tomorrow. Knowing what’s on task for the next day also allows you to start the day mentally prepared.
3. Be grateful. Take just a few minutes to meditate or journal about your gratitude. When you recognize all that’s good in life, your daily attitude will naturally become more optimistic. Acknowledging gratitude has also shown to lower blood pressure and stress levels.
I find it helpful at the end of the day to write down three things I’m grateful for that happened that day. I use a small, journal to do this in, but you could do it in an electronic document or even by posting those three things every day on social media.
You don’t need dozens of tiny habits for home business growth. Just a few tiny ones can shift your mindset. Simply choose one or two to start and incorporate them into your daily life. Soon you won’t even remember life without those habits and you can always add more as necessary.
Are you ready to break free of your 9-5 job? Take care of these mindset shifts first…
Before you throw in the towel and start your own business, take some time to recognize if you have a growth or a fixed mindset. If you lean more toward a fixed mindset, then join me on my next livestream training on September 10th at 7pm ET where I’ll share 5 Mindset Shifts You Must Make to Move from Employee to Entrepreneur. You’ll walk away with actionable tips that you can implement immediately. Then you’ll be more prepared to take that next step to entrepreneurship! Connect with me on Facebook so you get the livestream reminders and be sure to join the Home Business Jumpstart Private Group where the Livestream will take place. It’s also a place to ask questions about starting and growing a work from home business. See you there!