Success in business and life is about the journey. What is the journey? First of all it is about our health. Most of the time people focus on physical health and ignore or downplay their mental health.
To experience small business success and the life you desire you must be aware of the state of your mental health. Most of us know inspirational stories of people who succeeded against overwhelming odds.
Mental Health Keys
What was their key to success? There were a couple of things. First, they understood that the quality of their lives seldom exceeds their personal development.
Secondly, because they were involved in personal development, they were always doing something positive which encouraged good mental health. Their minds became a highly developed muscle that carried them past their physical limitations to success. Helen Keller is one that comes immediately to mind. She was deaf and blind. Dr. Stephen Hawking, the renowned physicist is another.
Mental Health vs. Physical Health
Now let’s look at the other side. How many inspirational stories do you know of where someone succeeded and overcame great challenges yet had poor mental health and excellent physical health? I can’t think of any at the moment.
It was once said that what the mind can conceive and believe it can achieve. Yes, your mental health is the key to growth and satisfaction.
How do you achieve good mental health? There are many ways. Some of the more obvious include associating with positive people, affirming ourselves with our self-talk in a positive manner, participating in things that bring us satisfaction and enjoyment and avoiding negative media.
You become what you think about most. What are you thinking about? All of us sail the same stormy seas of life. Whether you are a self-employed business owner, entrepreneur or solo professional the challenges of running a small business can create waves that can come crashing over us may, at times, seem insurmountable.
Physical health is important to success. Yet, if you don’t have the mental health even if you are healthy physically, you will hold yourself back.
Mental Health—Conceive Victory and See Yourself Winning
How do you sail through the huge waves that are trying to knock you off course? Begin with your mind.
Conceive your picture of success or victory. As a personal business coach I ask all my clients to get a clear picture of what success looks like for them not just for today but for five or ten years from now.
Get a clear picture in your mind of what success in the future will look like. Once the future is finished in your mind, what you need to do in the present becomes absolutely clear.
Start believing that you will achieve it. Small business growth and small business success as well as personal growth and success are engines that are run on the steam of belief.
Mental Health—Surround Yourself With Positive People
Another important point is that you must surround yourself with positive people. Also, positive self-talk to create an expectation of success is a must. And, watch good TV or read good books. Put up in your home or business pictures of what you want success and happiness to look like. Remember your mind is a muscle. It will work as well as what you feed it.
Now you are ready to achieve success. You have been working out your mind muscle and it is ready to take you to new places.
Here’s the best part. Embrace your mental health. It will lift your self-esteem while creating a positive and very real expectation of success. Others will pick up on this. You will attract the right people. When you do, they will be able to lift you and help you to realize and accomplish your picture of success.
Good mental health is the key to happiness and success in business and life. Remember, what the mind can conceive and believe it can achieve. Conceive good things and believe they will come. That’s practicing good mental health.