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What’s the worst thing that could happen to your business?
Your host server could go down without a backup.
Facebook could flag your page as spam.
Russian hackers could redirect your site to hair-loss products.
Most bloggers biggest fears revolve around tech issues. We hope and pray they will never happen. But don’t let it distract you from the larger issue: mindset.
Your blog is not your business. Your products are not your business.
As an infopreneur, your business exists within your mind.
Having a crummy mindset steering your business is just as catastrophic as having a Russian hacker rampaging through your code.
Abundance says there will always be enough to go around. A scarcity mindset says it’s a zero-sum game.
Psst! Be sure to grab your free guide to changing your mindset.
A Scarcity Mindset Leads to Hoarding Ideas
Nearly every woman I coach has been sitting on a product idea for months or even years. Even if they currently sell products, they’ve been holding onto that one “until they’re ready.”
My audience isn’t big enough.
I don’t have the experience to make it all-inclusive.
I lack the tech skills to pull it together.
Ladies, this is upside-down thinking.
Creating your product will teach you what you need to create a product. And I’m very sorry, but your first idea will never be the one you retire on.
Your job isn’t to jealously guard every scrap of Inspiration. You’re here to birth that idea into the world. Use the ideas. Learn by doing. And trust the Holy Spirit to give you the next idea, and the next, and the next.
A Scarcity Mindset Keeps Your Eyes on the Competition
She started blogging after you did. Who is she to sell a product already?
Why are her followers going up faster than yours?
Oh no, she posted on a topic I’m writing about! Better scrap it and start over.
It’s not a zero-sum game. Other’s success cannot take away yours. I love seeing other bloggers talking about the same issues. It means there are plenty of women listening.
Go to Walmart and see how many shades of red nail polish there are. Now look at how many flavors of chocolate ice-cream they’ve come up with. Go to the library and look at how many sparkly vampire novels there are.
People are always looking for different shades, flavors, and voices. Maybe yours is the one they’re searching for.
A Scarcity Mindset Is Afraid to Invest
I’ll spend money on coaching and training once I’ve leveled up past my issues.
I’ll pay for the course platform after I make enough sales with this rinky-dink program.
I’ll start an email list after I have something worth selling.
You’re afraid to put money in, when you don’t believe you’ll ever make that money back. Girl, those are the exact moves to make money. It’s that upside-down thinking again. It’s trite but true. You’ve got to spend money to make money. Investing in yourself is never wasted.
Overcoming A Scarcity Mindset With Christian Affirmations
Guide to Christian Business AffirmationsI've put together some of my favorite basic and biblical affirmations, along with blank cards to write your own. Stick them up on your mirror, your computer monitor, or over your kitchen sink. Anywhere you'll see them and be reminded of the truth.
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Your mindset is a patchwork quilt of all the thoughts, beliefs, stories, and lessons you’ve learned over the years. The formation began in childhood. It was something done to you. But you’re in charge of rewriting it now.
Your thoughts elicit emotions. Emotions drive actions. And actions produce success.
Great news though, your thoughts aren’t real.
No, I’m not invalidating you.
No, we don’t live in the matrix.
But there is a separation between real things and our thoughts about those things.
Let me tell you a story from my life, that I think you’ll recognize yourself in too.
We’re a one-car family. My mom-mobile is a practical little Prius. Most of the time, hubby commutes by bus. But sometimes he needs me to pick him up after the last bus runs.
I drive up and he’s nowhere to be seen. Still in the building. Not answering his text. I could:
- Think: I’m having a lonely day as a SAHM. Doesn’t he want to come see our family ASAP? I feel sad and hurt.
- Think: Gosh, he thinks my time means nothing. I’ve got a schedule to keep. I feel mad and underappreciated.
- Think: Perfect time to answer an email! I love fitting my work into these little found pockets of time. I feel grateful and productive.
Look at that!
The external circumstances, the reality if you like, never changed. But my thoughts about the situation differed. And those varied thoughts produced some desirable or undesirable emotions.
An action can fail to meet your expectations. But taking action is the success. You refused to stay stuck. Refused to play it small. And followed your calling. No matter the outcome, that.is.a.success.
Affirmations are the direct line to changing your thoughts. A simple prayer or motto will open the door to real action.
Thoughtwork is non-optional for a Christian. We have the positive command to take every thought captive for Christ. Stop the loop of unproductive, accidental thoughts. Think your thoughts on purpose.
I was pleasantly surprised to discover that this is a Christian post and that you are a Christian blogger! I am a Christian blogger, too, and I am always so delighted when I come across others. As for your post, I definitely agree that we should always let the Holy Spirit guide us in all things, including with our blogs. That’s what I’ve been doing from the start, especially since I didn’t know what I was doing, and will continue to even though now I sort of do. Good tips.
Thanks so much for this post. I’ve been having doubts about blogging for some time, but this gave me the encouragement I needed to push forward.
Wow, wow, wow! Thank you for following God’s call in your life and blogging for others, like me. I too am a Christian blogger and have been doing a lot of work lately in mindset work. Thank you!