Yesterday I conducted a workshop in the Sultanate of Oman to a group of aspiring entrepreneurs. The topic of the workshop was prototyping and developing an MVP (minimum viable product), but since I knew the attendees were starting out on their entrepreneurial adventures, I felt it's important to also share with them some advice on cultivating the right mindset when it comes to facing the challenges they will inevitably face.
And I stressed on the fact that most of their challenges will be them get in their own way, and the solution, in most cases, is in them getting out of their own way.
This is a very common problem in all aspects of life. We aim to lose weight, for example, but tell ourselves: "I know this won't work. I've failed so many times in the past, but let's see how it works out this time."
It's as if we want to see ourselves fail to prove our point.
This is often referred to as a "self-fulfilling prophecy", where what you set your mind to eventually happens. If you "know" you're going to fail, how do you expect to behave?
Will you rise up to the challenge or feel defeated before even starting?
"I don't know how."
"I've never done it before."
"I don't have the right connections."
These statements are fixated on the problem, and they express a mental attitude that blinds us from seeing solutions.
This is us getting in our own way.
The closer we pay attention to the way we speak to ourselves and what we convince ourselves to be true, the more we will realize just how much we get in our own way.
Be clear on what you want to achieve, then get out of your own way.