3 Questions for Entrepreneurs
Different experiences, viewpoints, knowledge, and perspective are key ingredients for creativity, conflict, and critical analysis. No matter if you start a nonprofit or for-profit business, you must believe you will be successful.
Having faith in your business is not the same as having a “faith-based” business. One could be on a mission to solve the world’s biggest problems. I believe it takes a level of faith to go out and raise funds to start on your socially conscious venture to “save the world.” We know these optimists as Social Entrepreneurs. What is a Social Entrepreneur you might ask? A Social Entrepreneur is defined as a person who establishes an enterprise with the aim of solving social problems or effecting social change. That being understood, many people believe that a nonprofit is more interested in social issues versus making a profit for their work. This may be true in some situations yet, some of the most successful companies and entrepreneurs use their for-profit business to do incredible philanthropic work and helping to find ways to solve the biggest problems across the globe.
Many nonprofits are faith-based. Most entrepreneurs have a high level of faith within their abilities to introduce their vision, talents, and ideas to the market to fill a void or improve upon the status quo. Either way, it takes faith to step out and defy the naysayers so that you can see your dream come to fruition. One would either have a growth mindset or a fixed mindset. So, what’s the difference?
An entrepreneur with a fixed mindset will use tangible assets, established data and time-tested results to form their plan. The vision is limited and will constantly be one step behind leaders in their industry. The entrepreneur with a growth mindset focuses more on the “why” versus the “how” because the level of faith propels them to see beyond setback today for a greater success tomorrow. This type of entrepreneur is not inhibited by the news or politics, they persevere because their why is bigger than their how. If you don’t understand this level of vision, it would be prudent to revisit why you started your entrepreneurial journey.
The MindShift. To understand this level of faith, you must have a “MindShift.” Your focus has to shift from outward attention to inward attention to develop the collective growth mindset. Yet, you can’t solely develop the inside without affecting outward behavior. When your level of faith determines your actions, your business will make decisions based on “we” vs. “I.” The best way to maximize your MindShift is to remove mental obstacles. But first, we must know how to recognize the catalyst of the obstacle. This becomes evident with 3 simple questions:
1) What am I focusing on?
2) What does it mean?
3) What action am I going to take?
Now is your time to be real. Your time to be authentic. Now, is your time to BELIEVE.
Rashid Hill is the founder of L3 Coaching Solutions. A certified Strategic Intervention, Career and Relationship Coach specializing in uncovering human potential and guiding individuals and teams to achieve that mental shift toward ultimate clarity and focus using his H.E.R.O. coaching model. He is also an author, trainer, investor and personal development consultant. He is a published author and is focused on educating people on the value of financial education, human needs psychology and emotional intelligence.