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Entreprenetics: The Negative Side of Positive Thinking

Our world is a complex system with trillions of interactions playing out every day between all members of the planet. However, you can simplify this non-linear system by thinking everything in terms of either positive or negative energy.

Whether your mind thinks in a positive or negative direction at any given moment is up to you. You get to choose the positive or negative direction of your own psychological spectrum. Your environment may not be predictable but you can control the mental state of your entrepreneur mind. Mind energy and mathematics are simple—if you choose to think positively, positive things will happen to you sooner than later. The idea of positive thinking has been empirically proven by far too many successful people in real life.

"Whether your mind thinks in a positive or negative direction at any given moment is up to you. You get to choose the positive or negative direction of your own psychological spectrum."

Entrepreneurs must live on the positive side of the emotional spectrum more than others. Entrepreneurs are innovators. The more disruptive the innovation, the more you will experience market inertia and resistance in the marketplace. Your entrepreneur mind needs to be strong and positive through this journey. (continued below)

If you are involved in a startup, you have to focus on being positive against any market inertia, and you have to be immune to negative influences from the external environment. You can do this simply by thinking positive. Thinking positive is an extremely powerful antidote to the negative thoughts, negative energy and negative situations brought by you internally or from the external outside forces of other people.

"Thinking positive is just the beginning. Have you ever tried thinking positive about an outcome but your positive thinking didn’t create the positive result you wanted?"

You can sustain positive energy in the long run if you have a few additional psychological tools. There is a slight pitfall in positive thinking principles that provides a mental framework where people can fail to achieve their dreams even though they were thinking positive. Thinking positive is just the beginning. Have you ever tried thinking positive about an outcome but your positive thinking didn’t create the positive result you wanted? That is because your positive thinking was not aligned with your positive self-image. Think about that again. Your positive thinking was not aligned with your self-image.

Imagine you want to learn a new business skill to increase your overall entrepreneur management skills. If you want to learn to become a better salesperson or a software programmer, thinking positively about learning these skills could help you improve in those areas and affect your business positively in the future. But if you don’t learn those skills despite conducting positive thinking and making the effort—this is an indication your self-image is not aligned with your positive thinking. The best example comes from learning to sell. If you tell yourself that you can become a better salesperson but continue to struggle in improving your sales skills, your self-image is stopping you from become a more improved salesperson. Somewhere in the back of your mind, you’re telling yourself “you are not a born salesperson” or “you can’t sell.” If you’re an introvert, and you want to become a better salesperson, you have to see yourself selling successfully to your customer.

"You self-image is what you make of it. It is never too late to change your self-image."

You self-image is what you make of it. It is never too late to change your self-image. If you want to learn to become a software programmer in your late 30s or 40s, you can accomplish this by re-framing your innovative mind to think positively about the learning process—and most importantly, seeing yourself doing the act of programming in the near future. 

Imagine yourself “being and doing” selling or programming clearly enough in your mind, and you shall become a salesperson. 

Imagine yourself “being and doing” a startup clearly enough in your mind, and you shall become a startup entrepreneur.

Your positive thinking will get you through the ups and downs of learning a new and difficult craft, task or process—and reaching whatever goals you have set. But it is the crystal clear picture of your positive self-image that believes in your ability to learn or do anything as being the one that amplifies your mental efforts non-linearly.

"When you use positive thinking without a positive self-image, you run the risk of positively thinking yourself into minimal results."

When you use positive thinking without a positive self-image, you run the risk of positively thinking yourself into minimal results. Sure, you can get positively lucky and get things done with the wrong self-image, but the odds are against you. Positive thinking needs and wants a positive self-image of the person conducting positive thinking. When you combine positive thinking with the right self-image, the impossible becomes the possible.

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Damir Perge, author of Entrepreneur Myths: The Startup Reality, is the founder of entrepreneurdex, a startup studio using complexity science to fund, launch, accelerate and scale startups and growing businesses.

An entrepreneur and investor, with more than 25 years experience, he's worked with ventures in the technology, internet, media and publishing, entertainment, energy, and manufacturing sectors raising more than $300 million in capital for various companies and investing more than $50 million into startup and emerging ventures. He's sat on the boards of 11 companies, served as editor-in-chief of Futuredex, a private equity magazine. Follow 

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