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The Truth About “Opportunity Costs” and Entrepreneurship

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“Opportunity costs” seem to be synonymous with entrepreneurship.

And living your purpose.

I, myself, used to think of it even worse…I called them, “The Lesser-Known Debts of Entrepreneurship
Why is that?

Why do we always think there has to be a loss in order to gain?

Call me an optimist, but I think it’s more than just being optimistic (more on that later). Perhaps it’s this “costs” perspective alone that leads to the high failure rate of entrepreneurs. Or even why we have so much fear to begin with. We’ve all been there before…

  • The fear of not being good enough
  • The fear of missing out
  • The fear of what others think
  • The fear of the unknown
  • The fear of change

We could talk fear, and struggle, and pain and problems for what seems like forever. At least, that’s what we see portrayed in the media. I can pretty much guarantee you’ve experienced it on social media more often than not.

Why is the opposite so rare?

The Truth About “Opportunity Costs”

If happiness is a choice then why can’t we look at this situation the same way. Instead of thinking about the “opportunity costs” associated with building your dream life, why not consider the “profits of possibility”?

What if you could decide?

Just like happiness, it’s a choice. Right?

Well…you CAN!  Let’s look at this a little further.

As I write this blog (fending off writer’s block) the NFL season is kicking off (I LOVE football!).
It would be easy to think as though missing game day (while I write) is an opportunity cost.

And it’s not just the game others would tell me I’m missing.  I could say another cost is missing the relaxing down time on my couch. I’ve heard many colleagues say they miss time with friends and enjoying their favorite beverage at their local sports bars.  That could be another cost of me writing.

According to them…On a Sunday, the day of rest, never the less.  I’m “grinding” through work.

I don’t think it’s a grind at all (at least not 95% of the time). Actually, it’s designed that way on purpose.

I made the decision.

You can TOO.

The Profits of Possibility

Now what are the profits of thinking about what’s possible?

Here’s a few:

  • There are so many benefits of writing alone. Just in a few years as a professional writer I’ve experienced improved personal clarity, professional credibility and have even received a significant financial return for it (both directly and indirectly).
  • Looking at the profits and possibilities instead of the costs could continue to shift my own outlook on life leading to less stress, more happiness and even fulfillment.
  • The possibility that this one piece of written work could change someone’s life, improve a business or transform someone’s mindset.
  • That business or individual could go on to buy my programs or services in which helps to take care of my family, invest in my business and cultivate the retirement portfolio I need to enjoy a retirement of family time, travel adventure and more.
  • That individual or business I just mentioned could go on to solve a major world problem, changing the trajectory of life for millions of people.

Just writing these and reading through them again, there’s an energy that comes with living out your ambition and having the right motivation. Instead of the emotional drain of costs, profits and possibilities ignite that fire inside. It rekindles the natural desire to BE more, DO more and GIVE more.

Your deep personal and professional convictions come alive.

And it all comes with viewing things as possibilities rather than problem; profits rather than costs.

The Truth About Entrepreneurship

There is no wrong path if you know where you’re going. There are only different ones.

Sure there are fundamental principles and best practices. But, how you apply them and when and what you emphasize in your business can vary in any number of ways.

I’ve seen clients and colleagues make it happen all in different amounts of time, with different skill sets and a variety of processes. I’ve experienced it myself.

Your journey right now may seem long with some fun peppered in.  Another individuals may be exciting, but grueling.

The variables of success are many.

It’s not just about optimism. I wish it were that simple, but it’s deeper than that.

It’s a belief in self, faith in other people and a tenacious commitment to something previously unseen.

It’s more than pursuing your passion or chasing your dreams.

And it’s all in cultivating possibility.

Entrepreneurship is a deep conviction that something extraordinary will happen.  Being an Entrepreneur is about creating what could be rather than thinking about what the costs will be.

Costs are not fun.  Live on the other hand should be.

Life is about believing in what is possible.  And Entrepreneurship should be a fun and purposeful path to get there.

If you BELIEVE in profits and possibilities more than costs, I’d be very grateful if you’d help it cultivate this belief in the minds of others by emailing this to a friend, or sharing it on Twitter, LinkedIn or Facebook.

Thank you!

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3 Tips for Building a Weight Loss Mindset

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We’ve all been there once or twice. You felt like nothing was going right and that you’re bound to fail at overcoming a certain obstacle in life. These times are pushed upon us for reasons we are unaware of until we come out brighter and wiser than before. While trying to put a few pieces together again myself, I  came across an article that struck a chord in me and I decided to share some wisdom.  It will not only help you develop the personal motivation that will spring board you in life, but it will also help you let go of that paralyzing mindset you may be suffering from at the present time.  Just bear with me, this blog will certainly end up tying into nutrition – motivators to eat healthy, lose weight, or sticking to a workout plan.

Mindless Motivators

If we take a closer look at what motivates people to work harder in life or to stick to a promising plan, we can come up with a few toxic motivators that will only breed short-term success:

1)      WHAT CAN I GAIN? – This is the ego talking…looking good, money, status.

2)      PAIN – In an attempt to remedy the pain from losing – someone or something you cherished or harsh comments from critics.  The motivation here may be due to the false belief that if you are better, whatever you lost may come back.

These motivators are toxic to the weight loss mindset and a general healthy mind. Both of these are sure to be present in most of us however, we overcome them with a healthy mindset. One that is motivated by things that are true, challenges our greatest self and will breed long-term success and outshine these egotistical motives.

Mindsets

According to Carol Dweck, a professor of psychology at Stanford University, she identified two mindsets that people typically have. One is a fixed mindset, where they see their set of abilities as fixed traits – basing their worth on current abilities but neglecting the idea of growth; lose confidence quickly and minimize the risk of deficiencies being exposed for fear that they can never be recovered.

The second is a growth mindset– that abilities are cultivated. They consider the idea of natural talent but embrace their potentiality through practice. They embrace the chance to challenge their deficiencies, find ways to stay committed and take charge of their motivation.

When you are embarking on yet another diet or workout plan, forget all the times you failed before. After all, doesn’t everyone have shortcomings? That is what learning is for. That is why you have friends, family, fitness trainers, health professionals and your performance coaches to guide you in your growing process.  When you begin to shift to a growth mindset, you will learn that exposing and sharing your problems will not only allow you to grow and rise above them. Your deficiencies or past failures are not permanent but penetrable.

Staying Motivated

Once you’ve made some changes to your thought patterns, you can employ a few skills to help you stay motivated to your weight loss efforts and maintain a weight loss mindset.

  1. Write down what’s important to you. Make an ongoing list and include where you want to be in life 10-15 years from now. How will being your healthiest make your life long dreams a reality? Remember it’s about health – not appearance. Many people try to lose weight to look better instead of feeling better. In reality, after a few months of being that smaller size it will become the norm; the thrill will be over and often so will your motivation. If your goal is to feel better it’s easier to maintain motivation later down the road.
  2. Employ the 80/20 rule with certain foods that have held you back. Food can be for nourishment and for pleasure, however if the food is eaten for only pleasure but causes more harm than good, you must cut back or let it go completely. Think about it this way, if you are eating a nutrient-deprived diet 80% of the time (processed, packaged foods, greasy processed meat) and very little natural whole foods from the earth 20% of the time you are starving your cells and your metabolism becomes sluggish. Instead flip-flop your diet to eating fresh fruits and veggies, organic farm-raised beef/poultry, legumes, organic dairy or natural milk alternatives to 80% of the time and save the latter for remaining 20%.
  3. Track your progress. This is the one tool that will be there to motivate you when no else is around. Record your weight, BMI, body fat percentage, and measurements (waist, hip, arms, thighs). Take measurements every 4 weeks to see how far you’ve come. There is no greater feeling than see how far you’ve come and how much you’ve accomplished.

If you came to this article because you are trying to lose weight and become healthy. It is highly recommended you gain a healthy weight loss mindset and shift towards a growth to ensure you’ll maintain your weight-loss efforts. How do you do this? Our team of Human Performance Specialists bleed this and here to guide you into a healthy weight loss mindset. Remember, the best part is the journey, not the destination. So embrace the challenge and shine on!

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