Many people try to apply “The Law Of Attraction” (popularized by the movie “The Secret”) ... and no matter how hard they try, they don’t manifest those million dollars.
Or if they get that fancy mansion or red sports car, it becomes debt they later regret. Or that perfect relationship doesn’t end up working out.
I believe it's because visualization is ineffective, even detrimental, when used only on the outcome.
What if we use visualization for the process instead of just the desired result?
We empower whatever we fight against… especially if the enemy is intangible, such as “limiting beliefs”, which can multiply based on our rich imagination, and our continued attention on “clearing” them.
I’ve written about this before: Don’t worry about your limiting beliefs.
So, although I don’t believe in limiting beliefs, I do see the evidence of limiting structures, i.e. the systems and processes of someone’s life and behaviors.
You are in charge of the structures of your life. (Unless you’re a child, or you’re in jail!)
Limiting structures include:
What are the most productive actions in your business?
Checking off more items on your to-do list? Working longer hours? Getting another certification? Trying to perfect your website?
These can feel productive… however, it is an illusion most of the time, as you spend another week / month / year not experiencing your true livelihood.
Besides having a "to do" list, you may want to define a TO-DROP list as well.
Otherwise you might be doing busy work that feels like movement, but isn't really helping your business.
Here is how I define "true productivity" in business:
Are you a “perceiver” or a “judger”?
Can you guess what I am?
Entrepreneurs tend to be Perceivers (Myers-Briggs type) according to a 2017 study by the company that publishes the famous Myers-Briggs Type Indicator.
In this article I'll summarize what I've learned about Perceivers and Judgers, and talk about how each type's strengths are needed in entrepreneurship.
I’ve now completed 4 months of working on my new business for just 2 hours per week. The lessons I'm learning (yet again!) are:
No excuses / Just create and publish.
Beware of creating drama -- it easily derails us from our purpose.
Do it on a schedule vs. "when I'm inspired" -- since I'd like to reveal the business to you within 1 year instead of 10 ;-)
I'll share the first lesson, before offering some numbers-updates on my new business:
George Kao is a Marketing Coach for small business owners, especially solopreneurs such as Coaches and Mentors. He focuses on ethical & effective ways to grow one's platform and build true livelihood.
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