The Mental Game of Business

By Chris McNeil | Business Breakthrough Engineering with a focus on Marketing with NLP, Systems Thinking and other ways to tap into hidden potential

Are You Hardwired To Be An Entrepreneur?

When it comes to the stories of entrepreneurs, often we only hear about the big wins. What we don’t see are the downturns, the losses, the belly-up ventures. The fact is, being a young entrepreneur is tough. It’s not for the faint of heart. And as much as we might be tempted to free ourselves of …

Personality

Are You 'Scared of Success'? 5 Mindset Hurdles All Entrepreneurs Must Clear.

To be successful, entrepreneurs must conquer these five fears before they find success.<p>Everyone in business experiences fear. Fear keeps people in jobs they hate; and it keeps them from following their dreams and opening their own businesses. Given the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimate that 50 …

Entrepreneurship

Why the Best Ideas Almost Always Seem Wrong Now--and Right Later

It's practically an unwritten law of innovation.<p>I've been reading a good book about creativity entitled <i>Light the Dark</i>, in which writers talk about what inspired their books and articles. One particularly good article was written by Mark Haddon, who wrote <i>The Curious Incident of the Dog in the</i> …

Innovation

Great Leaders Have An Attitude Of Gratitude -- Do You?

The combination of leadership and gratitude is extremely powerful. Gratitude helps you feel better and see the good things in life. When combined with a gratitude practice, you will also be able to anchor that positive feeling into your brain and body, thus being able to call on that positive …

Happiness

Innovation, is it the next step in the digital transformation?

Have you hear about the <i>industry 4.0</i>? Or about <i>Internet of things</i> (<i>IoT</i>) <i>cloud computing, customer experience or social selling</i>? I reckon you do, as it …

Innovation

6 Ways To Beat The Mid-Afternoon Slump (and Why You Should Do It)

Breaks are a chance to load up on inspiration and stimulus so you can bolster your creative thinking prowess.<p>We're running around from one thing to the next and rarely taking time to pause. The result? Lots of things crossed off a to do list, but little time given to big, breakthrough thinking that …

Inspiration

5 Ways to Use Your Brain to Become a Better Innovator

Innovation may not be rocket science, but it can surely benefit from some neuroscience.<p>Stifled by a risk-averse culture? Worn out by collective brainstorms? Unable to move ideas into action? It doesn't have to be that way. Hans-Werner Hagemann, co-author of the new book <i>The Leading Brain</i>, believes …

Innovation

Your Strategy Has to Be Flexible — But So Does Your Execution

Peter Drucker said: “Plans are only good intentions unless they immediately degenerate into hard work.” <i></i>This and a slew of similar maxims reflect a common view of strategy execution: that it’s distinct from strategy, harder to pull off than defining a strategy, and therefore more critical to success …

Harvard Business Review

Gratitude Physically Changes Your Brain, New Study Says

New research reveals the biology of why gratitude is such a powerful happiness booster.<p>Fad diets aside, we all know the basic formula for greater physical health -- eat less junk and exercise more. The same can be said for greater happiness. Sure mental health is hugely complex, but the research on …

Happiness

Edison, Zuckerberg, and Bezos follow the '10,000 experiment rule' — and its secret to success comes down to math

• <b>Thomas Edison — and modern day business leaders like Jeff Bezos and Mark Zuckerberg — use deliberate experimentation as their main strategy for success.</b>• <b><br>One of the most popular formulas for mastering anything says you need to spend 10,000 hours of deliberate practice to become an expert.</b>• <b><br>But</b> …

Success

5 Reasons Why Productive People Are Happier People

You don't have to do something incredible or impossible to reap the emotional benefits of productivity.<p>Entrepreneur Network partner Brian Tracy is a big believer in the power of goals you can accomplish on a daily basis to create momentum going forward. Whether those goals are big are small doesn't …

Emotions

15 Expectations for Servant Leadership

<i>This week marks the tenth anniversary of the Brainzooming blog. I’ve told the story of its inception previously.</i><p><i>Looking back ten years, suffice it to</i> …

Leadership

You're Crazy-Busy Scaling Your Company's Growth, Right? Are You Also Scaling Its Culture?

"The best companies are deliberate about culture," the head of HubSpot wrote. "They design it and defend it."<p>Growth is one of the top concerns of new businesses. As a startup, you want to scale your business and find success. It can be tempting to focus solely on your business strategy and leave …

Leadership

Creativity is Born Out of Discomfort

It's time to get out of your comfort zone.<p>Most of us would agree that problem solving is crucial to business success; that's why the skill appears in so many job listings!<p>Hearing the words "problem solver" may conjure images of that genius kid in your high school math class who worked on college …

Creativity

Validate Your Startup Idea with these 7 Free Hacks [real examples]

Before you can effectively transition from potentially marketable business <i>idea</i> to actually profitable <i>product</i>, you must first <b>test</b> <b>and validate</b> your …

Entrepreneurship

Why Learning to Deal With Pressure Could Literally Save Your Life

Don't let the grind of life and business wear you down.<p>In this video, Entrepreneur Network partner Patrick Bet-David remembers a story of going to a baseball game several years ago between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Houston Astros. These two teams weren't facing off in the World Series then as …

Entrepreneurship

Getting Out Of Your Own Way: Mindset Hacks For Entrepreneurial Success

What makes someone a great entrepreneur? You have to beThe post Getting Out Of Your Own Way: Mindset Hacks For Entrepreneurial Success appeared first …

Self-improvement

Why This Ancient Leadership Practice Is Suddenly All the Rage

Welcome to the renewed ranks of the Stoics.<p>The Founding Fathers of the American revolution are commonly thought of as Stoics, in the sense that they were uncomplaining, long-suffering--and effective at achieving their goal.<p>George Washington, for example, did not relish his position as head of the …

George Washington

How to Take the Right Risks

Be bold. Be daring. Be out there. But first, be sure it's the right bet to take.<p>This story appears in the November 2017 issue of <i>Entrepreneur</i>. Subscribe »<p>I have this job because I took a risk in 2007.<p>I was a small-town newspaper reporter in Massachusetts then, writing about minor crimes and mayoral …

Entrepreneurship

Change The Meaning, Change The Feeling: How One Tool Can Positively Shift Reality For Leaders

As a leader, in what area of your life do you need to shift from being disempowered to being empowered?<p>We form our own reality based on visual, auditory, and kinesthetic cues. These cues recall our beliefs about the world and ourselves (our identity), which results in either feeling good or feeling …

Leadership

Intrinsic and Extrinsic Motivation: What's the Difference?

We all have different reasons for getting up every morning and doing what we do every day.So why is it that, on some days, it can feel harder than …

Motivation

People Who Daydream Tend to Be More Creative, Study Finds

If you find yourself daydreaming at work (it happens to the best of us!), you shouldn't beat yourself up. In fact, according to a new study, …

The Brain

3 Reasons This 500-Year-Old Way of Finding the Best Ideas Is Still Extremely Relevant Today

A diversity of ideas is what drives innovation<p>To be alive and living in Florence in the early 1500s would really have been something. It was the epicenter of the Renaissance and the Medici family was about to unleash the innovation beast. Sponsoring and bringing together a wide range of artists, …

Creativity

Richard Branson on the Importance of Taking Meaningful Risks

According to the billionaire, it is important to ask yourself, 'What can I do to make a real difference?'<p>This story appears in the November 2017 issue of <i>Entrepreneur</i>. Subscribe »<p>Richard Branson is known as an adventurer, a billionaire and a prolific entrepreneur with an ever-expanding brand, …

Entrepreneurship

Science: Here's How to Generate 26 Percent More Ideas at Your Next Brainstorming Session

Sharing mortifying memories will help your team generate more and better ideas, new research finds.<p>It's become popular to say that brainstorming doesn't work, but the truth is that <i>bad</i> brainstorming doesn't work. Get the process right and groups do better than individuals at generating more and …

Creativity

Daydreaming May Be Sign of Intelligence

New research suggests that daydreaming, or being off in your own little world, may not be an example of inattentiveness or disrespect, rather a sign …

The Brain

This One Exercise Has Helped Me Build 2 Multimillion-Dollar Companies in Less Than 24 months

What got you to where you are today will not get you where you want to be.<p>A few years ago, I found myself nearly $1 million in debt. Today, I have two multimillion-dollar companies to my name. I've come a long way, but as I look back I realize I didn't do anything special.<p>What I did, you can …

Entrepreneurship

'Ikigai' is the Japanese art of finding one's purpose in life

<b>You will find your ikigai at the intersection of what you are good at and what you love doing.</b><p>The quest for happiness is part of being human, and …

Happiness

8 Keys to Improving Your Creativity in Business--And Enjoying Your Life More

Is information overload making you less and less able to keep up with change?<p>Starting a new venture is all about being creative, not just in the initial solution, but in tackling the daily challenges of every new and innovative business. In my role as business advisor, I find too many people still …

Creativity