Acting ‘As If’ Will Transform Your Business

Although great strategies, systems and plans are essential for success I know that unless you have a positive mindset business can be a struggle.

And a big obstacle to achieving your business goals is constricted thinking which results from a scarcity consciousness.

There is NEVER enough – time, money, clients, ideas, resources…

When our minds get into this groove we start to shrink, stay small and look for ways to stay safe.

The problem with this approach is that energy levels go down, results get smaller and it’s likely that you’ll end up feeling very stuck.

There is a way forward though! One of the quickest ways to get to where you want to be, is to start acting ‘as if’ you are there already!

The actor Daniel Day-Lewis, who won a Golden Globe award for his role as Lincoln, becomes his characters on and off the set while the films are being made. For The Last of the Mohicans, he went to live in a teepee in the North American wilds for six months, building himself a canoe, and surviving on food he trapped or hunted! He truly lives and experiences his roles.

This might work for Day-Lewis but you may be wondering what this means for you and your business or you might be worried that it involves spending lots of money.

Well here are a few suggestions to help you start exploring this a bit more…

Example # 1: You want a full client practice. Imagine for a moment then that this is the case now and you have a waiting list! Instead of feeling worried, anxious and fearful you’d probably be confident, relaxed and enjoying your work. When you embrace these qualities you immediately send out a signal of being in demand and you become much more attractive to prospective clients. Because who wants to work with someone who is needy and desperate?

Example # 2 You want a six figure business. To achieve this you would have in place multiple revenue streams, you would charge what you’re worth and you’d attract higher end clients by offering exclusive products or services. You may also be attending different types of events, being seen and heard more and your image would probably reflect someone who is operating at this level. Take a look at what you are doing at the moment and think about ways you could increase the value of what you offer. Also reflect on where and with whom you spend your time. Are these the right environments for your level of business? Perhaps you need to invest in that one fabulous outfit which will take you to important events and help you feel like that successful business owner.

Example #3 You want to be a sought after speaker for conferences and events.In demand speakers have great expertise, information and stories to share so if you’re just starting out get practicing at every opportunity. Have your speaker profile, your unique story and your outline talk ready to go. You can include this information on your bio or your website as well. Ensure you have some training and preparation for that big opportunity but in the meantime attend live events to learn/network with established speakers and make connections with event organisers.

Acting ‘as if’does not mean being inauthentic or without integrity, rather it is about taking action from where you want to be. When you do your thinking and decision making will be different and your mindset and perspective will shift. As you continue to make these changes you’ll start to see how your business will transform around you.