‘Problem State’ Or ‘Solution State’ – Where Do You Live?
Why is it that those with an entrepreneurial mindset are more likely to enjoy success, both in business and in their personal lives?
I had the great honour of meeting Dr. Tom Barrett recently. Tom – a corporate speaker and success coach, with two masters degrees and a Ph.D in psychology – offered me his own personal insight into how successful entrepreneurs think.
Tom explained that entrepreneurs live in what he referred to as a ‘Resource State’ (I’m going to refer to it here as a ‘Solution State’) and that those less likely to achieve success lived generally with negative expectancy in what he called a ‘Problem State’. He further explained that living in a ‘Solution State’ doesn’t just influence how you approach business but, more broadly, how you view your life and the world around you.
Tom offers deeper insights in his superb book, ‘Dare To Dream And Work To Win’ which, although written primarily for the Network Marketing industry, should be considered essential reading for anyone pursuing success in business or entrepreneurism.
The following tables (taken from Dr. Tom’s book and modified slightly) illustrate the differences in mindset between those who live in a ‘Problem State’ and those who live in a ‘Solution State’.
Those Who Live In A Problem State:
- Anticipate the future with dread
- View problems as being too difficult or unsolvable
- Believe life is hard and that good moments are a rarity
- See challenges as overwhelming or unmanageable
- See problems everywhere
- Endure their journey through life
- Focus on surviving life
- Believe they are victims in the game of life
Those Who Live In A Solution State:
- Anticipate the future with excitement and confidence
- View problems as things that can and will be solved
- Believe life is good, but accept it is challenging
- See challenges as manageable and conquerable
- See possibilities everywhere
- Enjoy their journey through life
- Focus on winning and thriving in life
- Believe they are participants in the game of life
It would be very difficult to argue that living in a ‘Solution State’ isn’t the better alternative, whether you aspire to be an entrepreneur, or you just want to enjoy a more fulfilled life.
But if you do live in ‘Problem State’, if your mindset is one of negative expectancy, then here is something you need to understand… altering your mindset is entirely achievable. Striking camp in the ‘Problem State’ and pitching down in the ‘Solution State’ can be done.
And it all begins with a little belief. Belief in yourself, belief in opportunity, belief that you can the the author of your own story. Belief leads to positive activity, which in turn leads to positive results. These results create greater belief, which leads to greater activity, etc, etc. It becomes the self-fulfilling prophecy that cements your existence in the ‘Solution State’.
And this, fundamentally, is how successful entrepreneurs live their lives.
Dedicated to your success,
Dr. Tom Barrett is an internationally recognised expert in the psychology of success. His unique coaching has directly resulted in corporations winning over $40 Billion in new business. He has sold over one million books and his writing and public speaking have transformed the lives of aspiring entrepreneurs around the world.
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