A good BUSINESS PLAN is fundamental, the SALES PLAN is key to articulate your business idea but what will undoubtedly make the difference between those who try it and those who achieve it is the winning mentality.
I do not know about you but as a child I wanted to be a thousand things: dancer, writer, journalist, formula 1 driver…but it never crossed my mind to tell my mother: MAMA, I’M GOING TO BE AN ENTREPRENEUR.
Despite having a wonderful business mother, a very strong and courageous woman whom I greatly admire, I still remember the day I told her that I wanted to start my own business. Have you gone crazy? She answered me … At that time I was in a sweet moment with great professional conditions, working as an expat in Latin America. She did not like the idea and she insisted for more than 6 months to rethink my decision.
The true is that nowadays, although we women have the same opportunities to study, accessing the professional market, being an entrepreneur, ask for funding and be as ambitious as we want to, there is still a mental barrier that prevents us from gaining speed in our projects, accelerate results and increase our participation at all levels.
It is enough to review the data on the percentage of women engineers, entrepreneurs, seeking financing, investors … I observe coworkings and lack female entrepreneurs. I go to see investment rounds and there is a lack of female founders or event participants. In the fórums there is hardly few women investors.
There are differences and I ´d like to think that we are responsables ( meaning we can take action) to improve this.
On the other hand, all the female entrepreneurs that I know have a professional past that they feel very proud of. That feeling of pride and accomplishment is decisive when deciding to work on your own project. It is also not a matter of years of experience. Fortunately, there are more and more young women starting before the age of 25.
The main cause why you start is that you consider yourself to be valid enough to take charge of your professional career. Of course, you are looking for freedom, purpose and lifestyle and do not want boss. At the mentality level there is a lot of work to be done and I have said “do” not think.
10 commandments to enhance your WINNING MENTALITY
YOU WILL BELIEVE IN YOU – BRAVE WOMEN, YOU HAVE ALREADY WON OTHER TIMES.
Think about it, what made you start? What gave you the courage to create your future? What great professional or personal achievement has consciously given you the support to make this decision? Where did you work before? In what country? What did you do?I invite you to write it in detail and leave it close and visible for those days in which our emotional part is like a “rollercoaster”. Look at that part of you as a reference, an example. That woman, what words does she say? What position? With what energy she stands? That’s you. That brave you are.
YOU WILL BELIEVE IN YOUR IDEA AND YOU WILL MAKE IT HAPPEN.
You can have several business ideas to analyze. Do it. Analyze, decide and develop. The most important part is that you concentrate on making it happen because the sooner you execute it, the better implement it. 20% is to think and 80% is to implement. You will find the priorities, the inspiration, the answers, the solutions, working.
YOU WILL DARE AND YOU WILL LEAVE TO PLAY SMALL.
Each one of us has what I call the “great challenge” It is an action that we know that will make a major difference in our business or project but that we delay it for fear of failure, exposure, insecurity and a long etcetera. It can be a meeting, an email, a pitch, changing coworking, firing someone for the first time, hiring someone for the first time, proposing a business deal, pivoting, participating in an invesment round, a startup weekend , an important call, making videos (this one I dedicate to myself), moving forward with the book, asking for help. I have a phrase for these occasions: “If it smells of fear, it is the way”.
YOU WILL BE YOUR BEST FRIEND, IN THE GOOD AND THE BAD TIMES.
Loving yourself when everything is going well is easy. Loving yourself in times of challenges is a challenge. We are wrong We can take time to do things, to make decisions. We can complicate things and have the feeling that we drown without reasons, due to fear and insecurity. NOTHING HAPPENS. The imperfections are part of you and you have to learn to do two things: 1) Learn to love them: Forgive yourself for not knowing everything and not doing things right the first time. Do not be angry, forgive yourself, take a couple of pampering and get strength as soon as possible to continue. 2) Learn to set limits and reduce times: you can make mistakes, screw up, forgive yourself but learn to fail quickly, faster and faster. This advice was given to me by Lavin Luis in his interview and it seems brilliant to me.
YOU WILL BE SURROUNDED BY YOUR PEOPLE
Without doubts you will change part of your friends along the way. You leave behind certain people to join others who are more aligned to your momentum and current challenges. It happens in college, at work, in our personal lives. When you start, it is better to surround yourself as soon as possible with other people, men and women like you. Remove toxic people from your circle. People who see themselves as victims, complainers, defeatists, conformists. All those who focus on problems instead of solutions. You do not have time for this.
YOU WILL ALWAYS THINK POSITIVE.
In general you are programmed to see the glass half empty and be very impatient. If you were a risk manager analyzing your own project, you would have already been able to see 80 negative scenarios with all the possible consequences. Phrases like: Why am I going to do it if it will not work out? I’m sure they tell me no. He’s going to think I’m an idiot. I am ashamed. Again go through this. Total, it will not come out. I’m going to pay again, if I know it does not work. First, be aware if this is your case. That 80% of the time you do not trust things to go well and then train yourself. Practice imagining the good side. I have no guarantee that it will be good or bad, but I guarantee that if you think negative, you act little or slow. While if you think positive the number of actions to reach your goal multiplies exponentially and thus your chances of success.
YOU WILL THINK BIG.
If you want to move fast you need a long vision of your company and of yourself as a professional so that short decisions are easier to make. All the successful entrepreneurs have a long vision of their businesses. That does not mean that it will be 100% what you imagine today but it guarantees you have a direction to make decisions. It’s like getting on a ship without having a destination. Any task today will be much more easy if you have a long and large goal. Be ambitious. Nobody will do it for you.
YOU WILL LEARN TO LOSE TO WIN.
You will leave behind stability, security, certainty, confort zone and the known structure and you will have to make certain sacrifices to work without guarantees, until you start your first company or business line. You will get the results, flexibility, purpose and lifestyle that you were looking and prepare for the next lesson. ; )
YOU WILL HAVE FUN.
When was the last time you had fun at your job? And if you manage to give it a playful or humorous touch? No one has put a gun to your head to choose this sector, business model, etc. You have chosen it and you choose it every day, then, there will be several things that you like and make you happy, right? Well, have fun, make an effort to have a good time. If you have a little more fun every day with your company, with your team, you will learn to relativize and remember what is important. You will take things in the best possible way in order to move forward to taste and in a more creative way and you will be faster. Humor is a way of processing information and returning responses in order to generate positive feelings quickly.
In summary, I leave you the 10 commandments for a winning mind:
1) You will believe in yourself.
2) You will believe in your idea.
3) You will dare.
4) You will be your best friend.
5) You will be well surrounded.
6) You will think positive
7) You will think big.
8) You will be the protagonist.
9) You will learn to lose to win.
10) You will have fun.
If you want to know and exercise more, I’ll see you at the FEMALE ENTREPRENEUR PROGRAM, the first exclusive training program for females entrepreneurs.