You know I don’t make promises like this lightly, so believe me when I say: Making this one change in your mindset will double your income.
It’s a subtle shift, so stay with me while I explain how implementing it will make such a huge difference.
So what is this subtle shift?
It’s conducting your business like a business.
Many begin freelancing as an add-on to a full-time job or other full-time responsibility. Whether your goal is to continue freelancing as a part-time opportunity or ultimately to transition to full-time, most people treat “side hustles” almost like a hobby. As if the work is just a bonus.
And that attitude gets in the way of success.
- You go easy on yourself when you don’t want to practice or study.
- You settle for “good enough” instead of striving for your best work.
- Self-doubt or insecurities creep in and prevent you from doing the things that will move your career forward.
- You sacrifice consistency, and ultimately halt your action—and progress.
- Your goals for your career are murky, and you don’t develop a plan for how to get where you want to be.
Do you think a company CEO would accept that attitude in their company?
The world’s most successful business leaders would never let any of that slide.
And you shouldn’t, either.
You need to treat your business just as seriously as a CEO.
As an individual, you might doubt yourself temporarily. But as the CEO, doubt would never stop you from doing what needs to be done.
As a person, you might think, “Oooh, I’m too anxious to send pitch emails.” But as the CEO, you will recognize how essential that action is to the growth of the business—so you’ll just do it.
People might feel nervous, but CEO’s don’t let those feelings stop the forward progress of the business.
When you’re running a business, you can’t indulge fear or negativity. You just have to figure out the next step, and take it.
It’s not easy to be the CEO of a business. You will have to develop the right mindset, which will require personal growth and a willingness to face fears and perceived limitations. You will have to move beyond your comfort zone.
But embracing your business as an actual business is the only way to realize the success you want to see.
When something makes you feel uncomfortable, or you just don’t want to take the required action, ask yourself this question: “What would a CEO do?” And then, of course, do that (which is really where the challenge comes in).
We all want to stay “safe” within our comfort zones. When we feel afraid, insecure, or lazy, we prevent ourselves from doing what we actually want to do. You can be stronger than your resistance!
You just have to rise to the challenge and have the mindset of a CEO.
Your turn! Are you willing to commit to treating your business as a business and taking on the role of CEO? Let me know in the comments below!