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I remember a friend talking about her current mindset as an entrepreneur. As she was talking about her business she stated, “I don’t know what to do, I think I just need to get out the gutter mindset.”

At first I was confused, then I slowly realized she was in a rut. A gutter mindset is when a person feels trapped in the mind, lost, confused, possibly reckless, or lazy. Just as a writer may get writer’s block; a mind can get a block too and feel as if he/she isn’t good enough.

There are some quick learning tools you can use to change your situation. Here are five steps on how to get out of the gutter mindset and into in a strike position.

Step 1. Be innovative

Entrepreneurs are forward-thinking people. They operate off-the-cuff sometime, but they also do research to find out how to be competitive in their industry. If people don’t think you are crazy for creating your product, service, or understanding your vision you aren’t thinking big enough. People chatter whether good or bad, so that ultimately means you are doing something right!

Step 2. Be the differentiator

Make your product or service unique. Always ask yourself what’s next. Ask yourself what need do you fill in the world?

Step 3. Recognize patterns

1. Communication patterns – Look at the patterns in your life. Think about the communication patterns you could’ve changed. What is your structure of communication when dealing with businesses or at work? What are your team members saying about you? Are you getting the message across to them efficiently? Bad communication can break the function of a network, or in layman terms serve as a distraction or noise in the message.

2. Action patterns – What are your action patterns saying? Can you plan and execute ideas, concepts, projects? Do you stand behind what you say you will produce?

3. Process patterns – Check your process patterns, are the same processes causing you to fail? Make sure your systems and processes are congruent across the board. If not, you need to change that process.

Step 4. Disconnect from toxic relationships

This includes business relationships and people who subtract and leech instead of adding to you. Do you mesh well with your business partner? Are there people or things that constantly make you angry? Do you have someone on your team that spread lies? If so, you need to create a better environment.

“Your relationships will either make you or break you and there is no such thing as a neutral relationship. People either inspire you to greatness or pull you down in the gutter, it’s that simple. No one fails alone, and no one succeeds alone.” - Eric ThomasClick To Tweet

Step 5. Take responsibility

Where you are now in your company is not where you will always be. Sometimes you have to be still to receive your next steps. If your company has stunted growth then reassess your strategy, or do surveys to figure out your true audience. Your company should already have a strength, weaknesses, opportunities and threats analysis, also known as SWOT — revisit it.

Gutter mindset thinking can easily turn into a growth mindset. Establish new partnerships, try new processes to see what’s working and what’s not. You don’t have to stay in the gutter mindset. Choose a winning mindset and execute!

With the steps provided above, I know you will succeed. Sometimes we must ask ourselves those questions to wake us up and get motivated. If this helped, I would love to hear your feedback in the comment section below.

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