Do you have a confident mindset? Let’s find out.
Imagine that you start off feeling truly confident about your business idea.
Then you share it with someone in your community and they outright said: “You’re crazy if you think that’s gonna work.”
They may have given the economy, the season, or the market as a reason why your launching your idea would be a big mistake. Maybe they tell you to stay employed. Or they may even tell you that you don’t have what it takes!
How would that make you feel? Would you change your plans or your thinking based on what someone else says?
establishing a confident mindset
Having an idea in the first place is something to take pride in. It shows that you have a creative mindset.
Your decision to share your idea to others shows that you also have a confident mindset.
True, not everyone can see your idea from the same lens as you. And as you slowly map out the steps you want to take to launch your idea, it’s important to consider that not everyone will agree with your method or process. Some people will think you’re crazy; some will be unsupportive; others will prefer to watch from a distance.
Ultimately, all these people will be contributing to awkward moments which may threaten your confident mindset.
But like most things in life, you can navigate through these moments and adopt a mental attitude that encourages you to consistently be bold and daring.
And so we’ve round up three ways to help you adopt a confident mindset.
1. embrace it
Be yourself and stop focusing on what other people may think. You are brave, you are strong, you are smart, and you are passionate. Have confidence in yourself and in your abilities.
The person in front of you may not see the world as you see it and may never have the confidence to walk in your shoes. Don’t let their comfort zone limit you and change your mind. You have the power to create change, influence people, and impact lives. Use your voice, use your actions, use your intelligence.
2. be strategic
Take advantage of opportunities to share your story.
If it’s to the person who says you’re crazy, motivate them by giving them the case for change and explaining the impact that you long to have. Help them understand the underlying need for it, what your plan is, and what the benefit will be once you are fully successful.
Use the opportunity to hone your message and test out the words that work best. Look out for the times when their eyes start to light up. Notice which words don’t work so well. From these informal exposures, you will become much more confident in telling your story when it matters most.
3. reframe it
If you find that the voice of doubt is getting louder and stronger and you find that you’re feeling deflated, try to reframe the situation. Sometimes our perception of the situation needs to change.
Maybe the person listening to your idea doesn’t really think you’re crazy. Perhaps you’ve just misjudged their reaction. Maybe you’re making assumptions. Or it could just be your own inner-critic getting the best of you.
Your listener could in fact be thinking about how confident you are to be following your passion. They could be thinking that your idea is so amazing but they’re just a tad bit jealous they didn’t come up with it first. They may even be thinking that you’re incredibly inspirational, passionate, devoted, and brave (because you are, you know)!
over to you
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Lisa McLoughlin says
OMG, this post reminds me of my early days when I tentatively broached the subject of leaving my NHS career for good. At first I was looking for all sorts of signs of approval, then over time I could see there were a mixture of reasons why people react (responded) the way they did.
Now that my soul is filled up doing what I love, I don’t look externally anymore. This is a great post to help people understand they are not alone and that what they are experiencing is not a reason to give up on dreams 😉
Danielle Anderson says
Hey Lisa, thanks for sharing your story of your early days. I love your suggestion of not letting reactions from others give us a reason to give up on our dreams. We’re certainly not alone on this journey!
Loved this bit.
I get some varied reactions too – but the more people I talk to the more I know I am doing the right thing. So many people come up with various reasons why they believe a commercially viable rooftop farm cannot work. The best bit is that the more people think there is a reason it cannot work I can see there are practically no issues I have not already addressed.
Fortunately there are other people I meet who cannot believe that we do not already have businesses clamouring to be our biggest customer. The time when this happens is getting nearer everyday – and we are working hard to ready for when it does!
Danielle Anderson says
Isn’t it great when people throw up oppositions and we have already considered those challenges? Sometimes it’s great to have someone play devil’s advocate so we can determine if we have thought of all the considerations.