Do you lead your business from a mindset of abundance or scarcity? By that, I mean, how do you behave when someone with the same type of customer as you celebrates a positive milestone or victory in their business? Perhaps they are featured in a popular magazine, or maybe they experience a growth during a month when your sales were flat.
I've been thinking about this lately, following a conversation with a fitness instructor who recently added an exciting new set of classes to her repertoire. Through a few smart promotional activities, she's enjoying a huge spike in attendance, and has noticed that some of her industry colleagues who are not seeing the same type of success are beginning to treat her differently. After our conversation, I wrote down three sets of matras to combat negative feelings if (when?) similar things happen to you.
- There is enough for all of us. I will approach my business from a place of abundance. The world is a very big place, and there is no shortage of people who need my help. I do not have to worry that there may not be enough customers for me.
- I focus on what I do best. If there are enough customers to go around, I will focus on what I am good at. I will be my most formidable competitor, not comparing myself to others, but being inspired by their example. I will pay attention to my customers, and make it fun to do business with me. I will remain on the cutting edge of their needs to I can meet them to the best of my ability. I will use my success, customer by customer, to create opportunities to serve more customers.
- I bless those who mean me no good. I will wish others well, even if they do not wish me well. I will not invest my precious time and energy hoping that others fail. Instead, I will learn from the successes of others, seek opportunities to stand out in the crowd, and endeavor to make a positive contribution to my industry overall.
What a great way to release yourself from a mindset of scarcity, and move toward abundance and inspired innovation. What do you think?