Mindset is one of the main things I talk about on The Music Entrepreneur website.
As much as I love music, I can’t deny that I have a personal affinity for topics like personal development, leadership, business, and entrepreneurship too.
Noting that, I have been around enough successful people to know that how you think and how you approach your work is hugely important. Some even say that success is 80% mindset and 20% detail.
What does that mean? If I had to draw my own conclusions, I would say that it probably has to do with having a personal purpose; a strong desire to work at the task in front of you to reach your personal goals.
If your motivation is strong enough, you can accomplish anything. This is because you are willing to do what it takes to get what you want, no matter the cost.
The tricky part is that you have to determine what your own motivation is. Nobody can tell what it is.
As you can imagine, a lot of people give up along the way to achieving their goals. A lot of people shrink when challenges arise.
As Dr. Norman Vincent Peale often said, problems are a sign of life. Everybody has them! The only people without problems are those who are no longer with us.
If you don’t have any problems, you need to ask yourself if you are truly living. In other words, you need to take a look at whether or not you are doing anything worthwhile.
Whether you’re trying to grow your blog audience or find a life partner, nothing worthwhile comes without a fight.
Of course, blogging is fun, but if I sent you on this journey without making you aware of the inevitable challenges along the way, I would be doing you a great disservice.
Naturally, there are always some exceptions. Some people find a hack, an exploit, a trend, or some other way to grow their readership in a hurry. There’s nothing wrong with that.
The key is to put your hand to the plow, over and over again, regardless of whether something immediately takes off or not.
The internet is an incredible place. You can publish a new piece of content, and as long as your blog remains on the web, that post can always be accessed, read and enjoyed by the people who discover it – indefinitely.
It serves to reason that the more content you put out there, the more opportunities you will create for yourself, right?
As we begin to dig into the 55 tips offered in this guide, you will notice that some of them tend to walk a fine line between mindset, strategy and tactics, and could potentially fall under any of those categories.
This is why it’s a good idea to take your time to go through every chapter. You can skip right along to the tactics section if you want to, and I’m sure many people will, but those who take the extra time to explore the whole guide will doubtless get more out of it.
This chapter is not a long one by any means. The strategy chapter contains more tips than this one, and the tactics chapter contains more than the strategy chapter.
In any case, let’s start exploring the 55 tips contained in this guide.
I go out of my way to help people in the ways that I can. It isn’t always appreciated, it isn’t always acknowledged, and it isn’t always effective. But I do hold the belief that I will eventually be rewarded for what I do, and the compensation will return multiplied.
My conception of value might be different than how others perceive it. However, this does not mean that I have not added value. It just means that I did not add value in the way that was expected. We can all learn to cater to the desires of others, even if it requires some trial and error.
A business is only profitable when it benefits others. How do you benefit others?
2. Take Risks
Not all risks are worth taking, but if you never take any, then you probably won’t achieve anything notable either.
Only you can define what risk looks like, because you know your comfort zone better than I do.
What makes you nervous? Being transparent? Interviewing experts? Reaching out to other bloggers? Guest blogging? Do those things.
3. Remain a Student
Do you have a personal growth program? Are you constantly tuned into material that inspires and challenges you?
If not, then why not? You are severely underestimating how powerful your brain is. When you keep absorbing new ideas and positive input on a daily basis, your control tower starts putting the pieces together, giving you new approaches to your work.
Be teachable and stay open to new ideas.
4. Think outside the Box
If you want to be able to think outside the box, it really helps if you’re constantly absorbing new information (see previous point).
Are you an artist? Perhaps you could draw diagrams or illustrations and cross-post them to a site like DeviantArt (you would share a link to your blog in the descriptions of your art pieces, of course). Do you have a friend with a YouTube channel? Why not make a guest appearance on a video?
There are plenty of ways to reach new readers. Test your ideas.
5. Participate in a Mastermind Group or Build Support Systems
There will probably be times when you will feel like quitting. What you need is a support system; a group of like-minded people you can share your ideas and concerns with.
Sometimes, the right thing to do is quit, but a lot of the time, what you need is a change to your approach or a course correction. Usually we are just too close to the work to be able to see this.
Mastermind groups and support systems will have a huge impact on your mindset, but it’s also fair to say that it’s a strategic tip too.
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