New freelancers often find themselves stuck not getting the business they desire. Ending up burning out with saying yes to anything that comes their way in the hope it’s what they need to do. Use the 5 growth mindset hacks in this blog so that you open your mind and get real growth in your freelance business.
- Identify and rewrite your story
- Curate your surroundings
- Learn when to say no
- Proud list
Every day, we have a choice. You can either play safe and dip your toe in. Or you can dive into the deep end and learn how to swim. With these growth mindset hacks, you’ll find out how capable you are. Capable of doing things that you once thought were completely impossible.
What is a growth mindset?
Let’s first start with what a fixed mindset is. A fixed mindset is basically where you believe that your basic traits; like your intelligence or your talent are fixed.
A growth mindset is basically the polar opposite. A growth mindset, according to the psychologists who actually coined the term, Carol Dweck; is a mindset where people believe that most of their basic abilities, i.e talent or intelligence, can be developed through dedication and hard work.
In order to build my freelance business to where it’s at now, I have had to seriously harvest and develop a growth mindset. Otherwise, you just stay stuck and you have this fear of growing any bigger. This fixed mindset really paralyzes you into a small place.
Look at any professional athlete or if you look at any superstar celebrity or CEO or a leader of any kind; they have a growth mindset. This is really a must-have quality if you’re going to grow in any capacity in your life.
Here are the 5 growth mindset hacks used to grow a freelancing business.
Identify and rewrite your story
Introverts find going to big events really daunting and overwhelming. Overcome this and take small steps in attending events.
Overcome your fear of attending large networking events and talking to new people by attending one event next month. In that event, speak to one person that you’d naturally gravitate towards. Then the next month, attend another event and speak to a couple of people. Constantly repeat this and gradually increase the amount of people to speak to.
This will soon help you to rewrite your story as a former introvert at networking bashes. After consistently repeating the process, you’ll be going to networking events confidently and approaching new clients with fearlessness. So part of what I’ve learned is that a lot of the things that we believe about ourselves are stories that we bought into over our entire lives. It’s just about rewriting it and redefining it. This can also come from other people.
If someone told you that you were a bad dancer when you were in high school, you’re going to believe that for the rest of your life. But here’s the thing. If you have a growth mindset, you know that you can start practicing on a daily basis.
You can go take a dance class, figure it out, and rewire your brain to believe that, “No, you’re actually a great dancer. You just have to develop those skills.” At this point in your life, it’s your turn to redefine and rewrite that story. That’s how this begins.
You have to figure out what is actually true. What story that you’ve been telling yourself, and then make that story something that you want to evolve and grow into.
If you can think it, it can happen. Look at any of the freelancers and entrepreneurs you admire. They create a vision of what success looks like to them.
Try to picture your best possible future. Where will you live? What will you do for work? For fun? Will you have a partner? What kind of friends will you have? How much money will you have? What will your mind look like?
Just close your eyes, sit for five minutes, think about this, and then write it down. So, just have fun. Experiment, answer those questions. Say it’s five or ten years out. Where are you now in your freelancing career?
Curate your surroundings
Be careful about what you consume and who you surround yourself with if you really want to grow. We all have those friends, maybe from school. They talk about the same things talked about in school and who only talk about the past. Well, that’s going to keep you there.
Nothing wrong with having friends like that, but you also want to make sure that the majority of your time is spent with people who think bigger and doing things way beyond you, because that changes your reality. Surrounding yourself with fellow freelancers online and offline who are way beyond me. Really focus on building relationships with people who inspire and motivate you rather than keep you in the past.
Block out any noises and distractions. The news even. If you’re highly, highly sensitive and you wake up every morning watching the news, and there’s something awful. Maybe that’s not the right time for you to consume that information, Be cautious of how you actually consume content on a daily basis.
Oprah said in an interview that whenever she goes to a new city and she’s picked up in a limo. One of her rules is that the radio is turned off. She doesn’t go to a new city and immediately is inundated with bad news. She’ll choose the time of when she actually wants to see or hear what’s going on in the world.
We’re often forced messaging that is status quo to keep us small. Therefore, if you can curate your surroundings by
- Choosing the right books to read
- People to surround yourself with
- Experiences to have
- Noises to take in
- Stories to be told
It changes everything.
Learn when to say no
Learning when to say no is stopping doing things out of fear, being disliked, or disappointing someone.
Start doing things from a place of, how do I feel about this? One of the biggest factors for freelancers is actually starting to say no. This might sound counterproductive because you think that you have to say yes to everything. A lot of experiences don’t serve you as you grow.
Stop being a people-pleaser and liberate yourself. Doing this will more of the right opportunities come your way. As you’re allowing yourself to say I’m only going to do this service for a certain group of people that I want to work with.
It’s actually better to say no a little more as you grow because it makes you more in demand. Making it more of a quality experience when people actually do get to see you and interact with you. Plus, you can be more present because you’re not burnt out from being at everything and saying yes to anyone.
When you start freelancing, you have to say yes to a lot of things. You have to get out there, you have to grind, you have to hustle. But as you grow and as you continue to develop your growth mindset, saying no is going to be one of the biggest factors to your continued growth. Growing and only saying yes to things that really, really matter to you.
Ever keep a journal or even a notebook for your freelancing business to how you’re going to grow it. Or how about a gratitude journal, a gratitude journal for everything you’re grateful for. Add on the proud list”. Purpose of the proud list is to remind you of how far you’ve come. Keep track on a daily or monthly basis and how much you have to be proud of. Plus, how much further you can go because you’ve already accomplished so much.
Every night, writing five to ten things that you’re proud of yourself for, it can be as simple as, “I’m proud of you for having that hard conversation with one of your team members,” or, “I’m proud of you for sending that courageous email.” Whatever it is, remind yourself to take pride in what you’re doing, because too often, we’re comparing ourselves to other freelancers.
In A Nutshell,
Next time you find yourself in the deep end, remember you’re capable of so much more than you think you are. It’s not just dipping your toe in or even diving in. The next thing you know, you’ll be doing cannonballs and mastering things that you once thought were impossible. If you’re ready to do things that you once thought were impossible, and this blog has motivated you to download the checklist to kickstart your freelance business and get clients in 30 days.