Two Key Factors That Will Determine Your Success
As entrepreneurs, we must constantly grow ourselves mentally, physically, and spiritually. Every day presents at least one new challenge and it is up to us to overcome it.
Entrepreneurs are very special people because we are movers and shakers. We do not allow outside factors to dictate our lives. The difference between you and most others is how locus of control is perceived.
1. Locus of Control Defined
A person with an external locus of control believes that everything happens to them and that they have no control over what circumstances befall them, thus rendering them helpless and hopeless from their point of view. Whereas, a person an internal locus of control lives every day knowing that they have control over most, if not all, aspects of their life. A person living their life from this perspective will most certainly rise above any challenge that they are faced with because their rate of growth is not only continuous but practically endless.
Why are people with an internal locus of control person more susceptible to this amount of growth? Because they have an uncanny ability to recognize and resolve problems. Of course, there are things in life that we cannot control but it is up to us to find the things that we, without a doubt, can control.
2. The Importance of Failure
Failure is scary and can be demoralizing, BUT failure is needed. Failure has received a horrible connotation over the history of man for reasons unknown. We miss out on life events because we are too afraid to fail. We've become too afraid of rejection! If you are serious about furthering your success, you must get knocked down a million times just to experience one win. How we perceive failure is another thing that sets entrepreneurs apart from others.
If you think about it, when you fail it means you are one step closer. You are nearing your future success. Entrepreneurs have an internal locus of control, which means that when we fail, we analyze the situation and come up with a more effective game plan for the next attempt. Then we keep going.
If people try to make you feel ashamed of your failures, politely inform them that we are a civilization built and run on countless failures and yours are just a drop in the bucket. If you're not failing, you're not trying.
Be good to yourself and those around you! Keep hustling.