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Successful Gym Owner’s Mindset

By Sean Greeley

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Think about the times in life you have been most successful.

Maybe you landed the job you really wanted or you got an A on a major project in school. Were you really surprised by it? I’m going to guess not.

You see, when we are confident in something, when we truly believe that we can be successful, we are. It’s not magic, but it is an indication that your personal belief system and your mindset play an enormous role in your successes and failures.

When I attended NPE’s SPRING TRAINING™ a few years ago, we made a list of ten things we would commit to taking action on, and after looking back on that list a year later, I realized that:

  1. The items I completed were things I knew I could do without a problem.
  2. The items I didn’t complete, I never believed I could from the start. And because I didn’t believe I could, I didn’t. That’s an eye-opener.

Since having that realization, every single thing I’ve set my sights on I’ve done so with the mindset that I will be successful no matter what.

I’ve applied NPE Client Success Principle #2: “Have Courage, Practice Faith” countless times, and I’m always amazed by the positivity of the outcome.

You can view challenges in your business and your personal life either as obstacles or opportunities; it’s all about your mindset and how you approach the situation.

In her book, Mindset, Carol Dweck identifies two types of mindsets:

  1. Fixed, and
  2. Growth.

With the fixed mindset, you are what you are and it is what it is. Your potential is defined at birth. People with a fixed mindset tend to see change and challenges as obstacles.

The growth mindset is one that is ever-evolving and holds the belief that we can cultivate the life we want and change ourselves in any way we see fit as we adapt and evolve.

People with a growth mindset see challenges as opportunities.

These two mindsets and worldviews are extremely important to observe in ourselves as business owners since perception is reality.

Neither mindset is right or wrong, but you do have a choice in the belief system you carry. Mindset is not permanently ingrained, and it can be changed.

However, people with a fixed mindset often don’t see the difference between a setback and a failure or the importance of using mistakes as an opportunity to learn and grow. If you expect to be perfect as a business owner, you will disappoint yourself over and over again.

The fixed mindset is focused on constant perfection. The growth mindset is focused on constant learning and personal growth.

How do you perceive the mistakes you make?

Are you able to identify whether or not you have a fixed mindset or a growth mindset?

Is being a business owner risky? Absolutely! You can’t go into business thinking it’s going to be an easy ride where you won’t have to work hard.

But when you value personal and professional growth over safety and potential stagnation, the daily struggles of owning a business are entirely worth it…if your belief system and mindset are right.

If your belief system isn’t right though, it’s going to be an incredibly stressful experience for you that you may not stick with in the long run.

This is the same thing we see with clients who want to lose weight.

You can give them all the meal plans and workouts in the world, but if their belief system doesn’t reflect a mindset of success, they cannot be successful.

It’s ultimately up to you to determine if the risk of being a business owner is worth the reward. As a business owner myself, the answer is an absolute yes.

I’m frustrated in my business for at least a moment most days, but the reward of time and financial freedom makes it completely worth it.

I believe in my business and what we have to offer people.

I believe in my team.

And I, most importantly, believe in myself.

You must believe in these things to be successful.

Once your belief system is solidified, you can begin working hard toward building your dream lifestyle with an awesome business that will support it.

Obviously, we have to do more than just believe and hope it comes true. We must apply NPE Client Success Principle #1: “Personal Responsibility.”

You must take personal responsibility for yourself, your business, your team, and your own success each and every day.

You can never blame others for your lack of success.

You can never choose a victim mentality as a business owner.

You must always rise up to any challenges you face because you believe in yourself and your own success.

Finally, let’s look at what impacts our belief system.

I know that constant personal growth is essential for maintaining a strong belief system and mindset that will affect every aspect of life, not just business.

You must work on self-development every single day and never, ever stop investing time in your education.

“If you’re not growing, you’re dying.“

Surround yourself with strong, like-minded individuals like the NPE community that can help you grow and thrive.

Be humble in everything you do, and always ask for help.

I encourage you to take a few moments right now to reflect on your personal belief system.

Do you have a fixed mindset or a growth mindset?

What about your mindset can you change to help you embrace change and challenges as incredible opportunities and grow both personally and professionally every single day?

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