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Your Mindset Is Key To Your Side Hustle Success
Who has the most control over your reality?
Spoiler alert: It’s you!
It’s not luck, it’s not fate, it’s not how you were raised or where you live, it’s not the Universe, it’s you.
Sure, where you live and how you were raised will have some foundational impact, and the Universe may give you a hand, may show you a shorter path to your destination, but it all starts with you.
If you don’t go into whatever you want to do with the right mindset, you’re not going to find the success you want. Fortunately, if you have that right mindset, nothing else really matters.
And yes, it may take time.
Remember, every overnight success is 10 years in the making.
Your Mindset Informs Your Motivation
Your mindset is the key to your motivation, because you need to know that you’re doing what you’re doing for the right reasons. It means you need to be all-in. You need to commit. If you go into a project or a side hustle or an anything with the steadfast determination that you will be successful, then you will be. It may take time, it WILL take effort, but ultimately, you’ll be successful if you decide to be successful.
How do you do that?
You start by finding your why.
And just so you know, money is NOT your why.
In fact, money is NEVER your why.
Not if you’re in this, whatever “this” is, for the right reasons.
Very few successful entrepreneurs, online or otherwise, side hustlers or full-time hustlers, go into their projects with the goal of making money. Rather, their motivation is to share something with others, be it a revolutionary product, a story that provides a transformation, or the lesson that teaches people something new.
It’s all about what you can share, and what value you can provide to a community, your community.
Your motivation should lie in the realm of finding your community, sharing your story, and teaching the most people possible.
So, what’s your why?
Your Mindset Helps You Past Self-Doubt
You know that voice in the back of your mind, that pesky one that says things like, “What if you CAN’T do it?” Or, “What if you FAIL?” Or, “What if it SUCKS?” Or, “What if, what if, what if?”
They’re all lies.
Every last one of them.
That voice in the back of your mind, which fills you with self-doubt, especially about the unknown, is known as your ego. And what your ego is doing is this:
It’s trying to protect you.
Sounds counterintuitive, right?
But here’s the thing, your ego is trying to keep you in your comfort zone.
There’s a part of you, deep in the back of your mind, that knows exactly what the borders of your comfort zone are, and it works REALLY hard to keep you there. Because that part of you thinks the unknown is some big and scary thing, even if it’s not. It wants to keep you safe.
Until you push past that doubt, until you decide not to care that you might fail or stumble, you’re going to stay within those limits of that comfort zone.
Unfortunately, you can’t grow if you stay in your comfort zone.
What you do have to do is push past that self doubt, and remember that there are very FEW negative consequences of whatever you’re trying to do, especially when it comes to launching a side hustle. Want to start doing videos on Instagram? Well, they’ll probably be awkward to start off, but it’s not going to be the end of the world if you have a glitch or two. Want to create an online course? Sure, there are a ton of unknowns to navigate, from picking out your course platform to designing the course to testing and launching, but it’s not impossible.
Everything you do that’s outside of your comfort zone has a hand in expanding it. And there is no drawback to expanding your comfort zone.
Your Mindset Leads You The Lessons You Need To Grow
As I write this post, I have a rerun of Crikey! It’s the Irwins from Animal Planet playing on TV. And other than crying whenever they cut to old footage of Steve Irwin from some of his old shows, Terri Irwin said something in a voiceover that caught my attention.
“And I remember when Robert was just tiny, and Steve would say to him, “If you’re with a venomous snake, you are really careful, but if you’re around a little, non-venomous snake, like a python, it’s no big deal if you get bitten.” And that’s kind of always been his mindset.”
At this point in the show, I just watched Robert Irwin grab a carpet python by the tail and get bitten by said carpet python, and he didn’t even flinch.
He didn’t flinch, because his mindset is always that a bite from a snake like a carpet python isn’t going to hurt him. And that is a lesson that has helped him to grow to be a better zoologist and snake-handler.
And then, two seconds later, I got to watch one of the Australia Zoo vets shove her hand up a giraffe’s backside to do an ultrasound. But that’s completely unrelated.
The point is that your mindset, especially a growth mindset, means that you are constantly learning in everything you do. Don’t know how to start a Facebook group? Well, if you need one, you’re going to have to learn. Just made the jump from Android to iPhone? You’re going to have to get use to iOS and learn the ins and outs. Everything you’re doing is about learning and growing, so having a mindset open to learning leads you to that growth you need.
Your Mindset Informs Your Reality
Very recently, I learned an extremely important lesson about my mindset, and how it informs my reality.
Things have been stressful at the good ole 8-5 these last few weeks. That happens, especially this time of year with all the things we have going on.
One morning, I walked in and was getting things together to start off my day when my coworker, who worked out of the office across the hall from mine, came in. We were talking about how stressful things have been as a whole, and agreed that that day was NOT going to be a good day.
And guess what?
It wasn’t a good day.
Not at all.
We went into the day with the mindset that the day was going to suck, and lo and behold, it did.
Because that was the vibe we were giving off, and the universe responded in kind.
I didn’t realize that’s what happened until after work and I was on my way home, but it really made sense when I thought about it.
So, the next day, I decided to hedge my bets a little. I told that same coworker that while the day wasn’t going to be amazing, it was going to be fine. A neutral day.
And it worked. It wasn’t the worst day ever, it wasn’t the best day ever, it was right in the middle.
Just remember that your reality really goes as well or as badly as you make of it. Try it once if you’re not already convinced. I wouldn’t say that you should ask for a bad day to start, but you can always try to go for a neutral or even a good day and see what happens.
You have a ton of control over what happens in your reality, so you might as well take advantage.
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