Thomas Jefferson said, “Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude form achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.”
I’m not saying that you have to wake up every morning with a big smile and talk to yourself in the mirror (although it may not hurt), but first and foremost, you have to be in control of your attitude and your thinking. You must become mindful of your thoughts and words that you are using everyday.
Our thoughts, words and expectations have tremendous power and influence over everything we do. Often times, all it takes to bring about a drastic change in your company (or in your life) is to just change the way you are thinking and doing.
What are you allowing your mind to dwell on today? Are you focused on problems, or on the solutions to those problems? Are you paying attention to what you can’t do, or what you can do? Are you focus on what skills your team doesn’t have or what skills they’ve already got? Are you thinking small, or are you thinking big?
The story of Roger Bannister is a perfect example of the power of changing your thinking. For hundreds of years, people thought it was impossible for a human to run a 4-minute mile.
The experts declared, “A human can’t run that fast in that length of time.”
Then a man named Roger Bannister broke the record and performed a “Miracle”.
People soon changed their thinking, and it wasn’t long until many others started breaking the 4-minute milestone. Roger Bannister changed the way people thought about the 4-minute-mile, and within ten years 336 other runners had broken the 4-minute-mile.
What happened? People changed their thinking, and they stopped listening to the experts. Roger Bannister had done it. It was no longer the impossible and many others followed.
If you want create a Successful Start-up, you must begin with the right mental attitude and the right “thinking”.
What you think determines how you feel, and the way you feel determines how you act; and the way you act determines how you motivate employees, how you relate to your customers, how you communicate with your partners, how you deal with problems at the office, and ultimately how successful your start-up will be.