The Victory Mentality: Five Strategies for Breaking Through a Plateau
Whenever you begin a new endeavor, you can readily track your progress. However, once you achieve a particular level of proficiency, you hit a plateau. Your progress seems to be slowing, and you have a sense of stagnation.

Consider the case of picking up a new activity. When you’re just starting, you learn something new every day. However, after a few months, you’re unsure how to continue making rapid growth. It seems that you are not developing or that your skill level is stagnant.

You may reach a plateau in any area of your life – your diet, your business, or learning to play a musical instrument. How can you solve this aggravating circumstance?

It’s Time for a Strategy Adjustment

When you reach a plateau, the universe communicates that it is time to alter your plan. What has worked in the past to stimulate growth is no longer effective. Put another way, you’ve become too proficient at what you do.

To continue growing, we must consistently confront appropriate challenges. At the moment, the tasks are not complex. This indicates that you need to try something new.

Perhaps you’ve exhausted your options with your present audience, and it’s time to diversify. Consider expanding your marketing channels or incorporating a new technique into your mix.

Consider a Change

Perhaps some modification happened without your knowledge. Consider the demographics, sales, and traffic statistics from the previous year. Determine if anything has occurred that has resulted in your firm stagnating. What are your options for resolving this?

Your plateau may not be due to whatever you’re doing. Perhaps something in the world or market has changed, hindering your progress. What changes can you make to adapt to the current situation?

Monitor Your Progress

You may be developing but are unaware of it. It’s simple to notice how you’re learning while starting, but it becomes more difficult as you improve. Retrospectively analyze the milestones you’ve attained. Please note them and keep track of your progress to remind yourself how far you’ve come.

Eliminate the Echo Chamber

Occasionally, plateauing is only a question of perspective. While you may be surrounded by people who congratulate and support you, you need some direct criticism and constructive comments. Spend some time with folks at the next level above where you aspire to be.

Adopt a Victory Mentality

You can best avoid and overcome plateauing if you adopt a victory mentality. This is a collection of ideas that views people as dynamic entities that change and develop with time rather than as something fixed or static. It assists you in overcoming self-limiting thoughts that are impeding your progress.

Final Thought:
Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm. -Winston Churchill

Marques Ogden, Keynote Speaker


Three Ways Your Mindset Influences Your Life

Being an entrepreneur comes with a plethora of problems and several perks. One major issue involves your business approach and determining whether you’re setting yourself up for success or failure.
Using your common sense to figure out what mindset you have is necessary. If you’re terrified of failing, chances are you’ll fail since you won’t want to take any risks and hence won’t take any action. However, you CAN change your perspective so that instead of being fearful, you become determined to make your business a success. Which circumstance do you prefer: being resolute and taking action, or being shy and cowering in a corner and not taking action?

Below are some mindsets that may negatively affect your business:

1. A negative perspective might have an impact on your confidence. How do you react when your supervisor or client tells you that you made a mistake or they are dissatisfied with your final product? Does it rock your life for days on end, or can you recover, make the necessary changes, and go on? If your brain tells you to strive for perfection, you’ll be immensely upset if you make a mistake or misinterpret your client’s needs. Accept that you are a human and find a way to make the client happy. Take note of the lesson, and put a new process to prevent that type of mistake from happening again.
This lack of confidence may have prevented you from making the transition from employee to entrepreneur in the first place. Do you want to be confined to a cubicle for the sake of others, or do you want the freedom to establish your hours, accept the clients you want, and answer only to yourself?

2. A poor mindset might impact how you set prices. “Money barriers” is a trendy expression these days, yet I still hear tale after story of solopreneurs who routinely underprice their services. If you underprice yourself only to obtain the job, you risk not earning enough to pay your bills, and you’re subliminally signaling prospects that you don’t value yourself enough. If clients are hesitant to pay your fees, they aren’t the proper clientele for you.

3. An imposter mentality can impact how you present yourself to others. Another specific topic among solo entrepreneurs is the feeling of being an imposter, especially if their abilities are self-taught or their market already has thousands of competitors. Feeling like an impostor contributes to the other conditions mentioned above, in which you lack confidence and don’t charge your value because you believe you’re not good enough. Prospects will likely reconsider employing you if you project this image to them simply because they want to be confident that you are qualified for the job.

Knowing and understanding your mentality regarding various parts of your business is critical for personal and business growth. But don’t give up: with consistent effort, mindset shifts are undoubtedly attainable. Changing negative self-talk into positive self-talk, or adopting the opposing thought, is frequently required. So, if you’re not sure about a situation, think of all the excellent work you’ve done for your clients and read their testimonials instead. If you do it enough times, your confidence will develop.

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Three pages Your Business Requires

Congratulations on opting to start a business! However, before quitting your day job, ensure that your website is up to date and ready to attract clients. Your website serves as your company’s first impression to the rest of the world. You want prospective clients to grasp who you are, what you do, and how you can help them with their needs as quickly as possible.

Leaving a prospect without a clearly defined path to that information will cause dissatisfaction. If visitors can’t get the information they need fast, they will leave your website searching for another provider with an easy-to-navigate website.

Here are the three pages you must have on your website:

1. A well-written homepage.

You only have one chance to make an excellent first impression, and it usually only takes a few seconds. That’s how long it takes a prospect to figure out if you have what they’re looking for. Make it very obvious who you serve and what you offer. It’s okay if not every visitor is a member of your ideal clientele. Consider combining text and video so your prospects can see and hear your voice; video is a popular choice for establishing trust, especially if your firm is entirely online.

2. A page about yourself.

When your prospect believes you are the solution to their pain points, they will want to learn more about you. Include a direct link on your home page, and don’t be afraid to tell your prospects why they should hire you. Discuss how you built a solution to these difficulties and why you’re passionate about assisting this market by relating their pain spots. Writing in the third person is long gone; casual internet writing is okay in most marketplaces, so imagine yourself talking to your best friend and writing as if you’re speaking directly to her.

3. A page devoted to services and products.

Whether you offer services or products (or a combination of the two), put them on their page. Use a direct link in your main navigation once more to make this page easily accessible from wherever on your site.
There is ongoing debate regarding if you should or should not include a price on your website in the service provider world. One school of thought holds that every pricing should be customized and embrace all pricing requests. The other camp believes it is prudent for prospects to self-qualify themselves by viewing at least starting costs. They won’t approach you if they know they can’t afford your rate, and you won’t waste time pursuing a client who can’t pay. You have a choice because both ideologies have advantages and disadvantages.

An opt-in form is an additional function that should be prominently displayed on your website. This is a method of capturing your visitors’ email addresses so that you may keep in touch with them. If they can’t afford you right now, you never know when their financial circumstances will improve.

Alternatively, if they choose a lower-priced product now, they may be able to afford your higher-priced offer later. Losing that contact can be devastating to your business because they are unlikely to find your site again.


3 Habits That Can Assist You in Developing a Growth Mindset

The terms ‘growth mindset’ and ‘fixed mindset’ is frequently used in psychology and business. In general, perspective refers to the learned attitudes you’ve accepted over time; for example, a growth mindset believes that you can always change for the better, whereas a fixed mentality is a belief that you’re stuck with your innate skills and have no potential for progress.

Everyone on the planet has one of these mindsets, but the good news is that if you’re stuck in a fixed mindset, you CAN make changes to move into a growth mindset. One method to accomplish this is to add small habits into your daily routine. If you repeat these routines enough times, a good practice will build, which will help you transform your mentality.

What motivates you to cultivate a growth mindset? Put, when you’re willing to learn and progress, the universe offers up a lot more possibilities. You may learn new things, modify your lifestyle, and develop a more positive attitude on life, which will lead to new opportunities if you have a growth mindset.

Consider coworkers or friends who moan about their jobs or their bosses. Complainers typically have a fixed attitude, which means they believe they will be locked in their cubicle 9-5 job for the rest of their lives. If they had a growth attitude, they would be asking for additional duties, looking for a new job, or considering starting their own business.

What exactly are Habits?
I’m talking about the simple habits you implement into your daily life to assist you in moving into a more positive growth attitude. A small practice may be reading a self-help book for 15 minutes every night; reading not only increases your vocabulary and expands your knowledge, but you can also put this self-help advice to use in your life. When you witness good changes, the process of reading, learning, and implementing this advice will eventually turn your mentality toward progress.

Here are three minor behaviors that can assist you in shifting your mindset:

1. Set aside 5 minutes each day to visualize your next professional step. Instead of focusing on your ultimate career goal, consider breaking it down into more minor phases. For example, if you want to establish a business, consider what you need to do first before quitting your day job.

2. After the day, review your successes. Concentrating on the positive outcomes of your workday allows you to leave on a high note. Avoid ruminating on what wasn’t completed; instead, add those chores to a new to-do list and schedule them for tomorrow. Knowing what’s on the agenda for the following day assists you in starting the day psychologically prepared.

3. Be thankful. Spend a few minutes meditating or journaling about your appreciation. When you realize good things in life, your everyday mood will naturally improve. Gratitude has also been demonstrated to lower blood pressure and stress levels.

To change your thinking, you don’t need dozens of tiny habits. Pick one or two to begin with and incorporate them into your routine. You’ll soon forget life without such practices, and you may always add more as needed.

Are you ready to quit your 9-to-5 job? Priority should be given to these mentality modifications…

Before throwing in the towel and start your entrepreneurship, take some time to determine whether you have a growth or a stagnant attitude.

Marques Ogden


Marques Ogden/Speaker