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Are you trying to tackle something in your life right now that will achieve big results? Trying to push past the obstacles that might be holding you back? In this blog post, I'm going to share with you 5 steps that I created to achieve a growth mindset, and tackle big goals.
A few months ago, I was in the middle of creating an online course for a brand new audience. It was a little overwhelming, and a little bit scary to start fresh with a new class and new students. So I did a little mindset work, and now I'm prepared for new challenges that come my way in business. I want to share with you the steps I took to prepare my mind for growth.
Let's get started!
Step 1: Awareness
I want you to assess your situation. What is it that you are trying to grow in your business and in life? Here are a few examples:
Step 2: Tame the Beast
This step is one of the most important steps in this process. Because as soon as you declare your big goal for growth, your brain steps in with a few choice things to say. Things like, you're not qualified enough. Or, you're not skinny or pretty enough. Or, so and so is already doing that, what makes you think you can do any better?
These thoughts are called A.N.T.s - Automatic Negative Thoughts, and they have been with us since childhood. Each day we have 65,000 thoughts running through our minds and most of them are ANTS! We need to reframe these thoughts to get us on a path of growth.
What I noticed going through this process, is that most of these negative thoughts surround just a couple of key themes: 1) Comparing to others 2) Insecurity. I want you to sit down and bring up the negative thoughts to determine which kind of theme it's coming from. Are you comparing yourself to someone else? Are you feeling inadequate physically or mentally? Write down the thoughts that come up for you and then REFRAME them.
The second part of Step 2 that I find really important is to build in 'failure days.' These are days that will come up during your goal tackling timeframe. Since I know there will be days I fail, I build them in up front even before I start on the path to growth. I build in 2 each month. Sometimes I'm really specific about the failure day. Maybe I know I'll fail on the first day of a vacation, so I build that day in. The next day is a random failure day that I can take at any time. This strategy makes it so I don't feel guilty, and I get right back to achieving my goal.
Phew - I told you Step 2 was a doozy!
Step 3: The Deep Dive
Now that you've done the work of declaring your goal and set your mind right, it's time to do a deep dive and learn everything you can about what you are trying to achieve. Read articles, blog posts, check out books, take an online course. Literally try to learn everything you can about the goal.
If we use the Instagram example above, read everything you can about growing raving followers. Research other accounts to see what they're posting and which hashtags they're using. Experiment or look at your previous posts. How many followers do you typically get per post? If that number is 5 and you want to grow your account by 100, then you would need to post 20 times over the next 30 days to achieve your goal. This is how we deep dive.
Step 4: Create an Elegant Expression (Strategy)
Now it's time to visualize your goal. Journaling is popular, but you could use anything to create a tangible thing that will remind you of your goal. Here are a few examples:
Step 5: Amp It Up
This stage in the process is where we stay focused and maximize your effort to achieve your goal. This stage focuses on 2 key ideas to help you follow through.
1) F.O.C.U.S. - This acronym stands for Follow One Course Until Success. This is why I want you to choose only ONE goal during your timeframe. We just want to focus on those 100 followers and nothing else related to that goal. This ensures that we accomplish the goal, and can move on to accomplishing each goal that comes after this one. Guess what happens when we don't focus? It will take us longer to achieve ANY of our goals, because we're scattered and overwhelmed. Staying focused will help you accomplish more than if you tried to accomplish too many things at once.
2) The second part of this step is to maximize your effort. Decide if you will 2x or 5x or 10x you effort. In our Instagram example where maybe we were posting once per week, now we can adjust our posting and post 5 times per week to achieve our goal. Do you see how that works? By posting only 4 times per month, our average follower count will be 20. When we amp that up to 20 times per month, we've set ourselves up to accomplish our goal of 100 new followers.
So what do you think? Are you ready to do some mindset work to achieve your most important goal in the next 30, 60 to 90 days? I believe in you! Follow these steps and repeat for each new endeavor. As always, I love to hear about your progress. Join my Girlfriend's Guide to Social Media group to let us know and continue on your social journey.