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Thinking Your Way to Success: Mindset Can Make All The Difference in Business

If success in business were a recipe, there’d be a lot of ingredients.  In a good cookie recipe, some ingredients are necessary (e.g., flour, sugar, baking soda) and some are nice to have but not crucial (e.g., chocolate chips, frosting, sprinkles).  In a business situation, there are some must-have ingredients in the recipe for success.  One of these success staples is how we think about things and look at situations.

American philosopher, Wayne Dyer, once said: “If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.”  The way you look at day to day tasks, your brand, your business goals, and your strategies can change the entire course your business takes.

Because your thought process is so crucial to business performance, it is often important to take a step back and think about your mindset. The following is a self-evaluation that will help you analyze your business mindset.

Personal Mindset Evaluation
Read each item below.  Decide how true that statement is about you and choose the most accurate response from the response key. Record your response. Remember that improving your mindset is a gradual process, so you should expect to rate yourself higher on some items than others:

Response Key:1 = never 2= sometimes 3= often 4= almost always 5= always
__1. After achieving something, I continue to look towards the next thing that needs to be accomplished.
__2. I have a process in place to achieve my goals.
__3. I am comfortable with areas where I am less skilled or competent.
__4. I am comfortable receiving criticism and seek out honest feedback.
__5. My focus is on being accurate over time rather than on isolated events or accomplishments
__6. You see failure as an opportunity for growth and improvement.
__ 7. You are aware of the different “ingredients” that lead to a successful outcome.
__8. You treat “practice” situations like the real thing.
__ 9. On a day to day basis, you focus on using your strengths and using others strengths to compensate for your weaknesses.
__10. You think that the best outcome supersedes being right.
__ 11. In general, your focus is on the long-term rather than the short term
__ 12. You always strive to build others up.
__ 13. You are comfortable making decisions and are willing to accept responsibility for your decisions.
__14. You realize that there are more options than the first idea presented and explore those ideas.
__15. You see disagreements as an opportunity to learn.
Analysis: Take a look at some of the items in your evaluation where you scored yourself at a 1, 2, or even 3.  Pick one of those items to focus on improving. As you develop your mindset in that area, move on to the next item.


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