by Pam Britton
In order to actualize anything we need to be fully present. In business, especially, we must remove all blinders. We must pay close attention to all of the negative thoughts that we have about any potential business opportunity in front of us, not just the positive thoughts.
MONEY MAKING POTENTIAL IS GOOD, BUT NOT AT THE EXPENSE OF USING YOUR RATIONAL MIND!
Too many times we get so driven by the “money-making potential” that we set aside our rational minds, sweeping under the rug anything that doesn’t feel quite right. If you want to not get burned, you must stay grounded and centered, and trust your inner wise mind.
I now have under my business-belt of knowledge, some first-hand experience with a relatively new opportunity (which shall stay unnamed), and I wanted to share my thought process with you.
GREED IS THE CULPRIT, IT IS HUMAN, WE ALL POSSESS IT, SO WATCH OUT FOR IT!
To put it bluntly, what got me burned (scammed) this time was greed. That’s right, pure unadulterated greed! It is not something I am proud of, but it is a human quality we all have. Smart entrepreneurs need be aware of their own greed whenever they consider investing time and money into any new business.
The wise business person activates and turns the volume way up on the discriminating mind’s antennae. With so many online opportunities; it is easy to get mislead, or scammed.
I’m not saying that we should look for the scam potential in every opportunity we meet. I’m just saying that we need to turn on our intuitive business mind powers; after completing all of our other fact-finding due diligence efforts.
PAY ATTENTION TO THE PIECES OF THE PUZZLE THAT JUST DON’T FIT!
Once we’ve filtered out those parts that do not seem quite right; we should look at those areas which do not fit with the rest of the picture. It is in those puzzle pieces that don’t quite “fit in” that we may find the key to choosing, or NOT choosing, a legitimate, and potentially profitable, business opportunity.
In my case, I have always given greatest weight to the opinions of business partners who I trust, who have steered me down paths that have been quite profitable.
However, even those we trust, and those who we know are not scam artists, are still capable of walking down the wrong path, because of their own greed factors. This is what I believe happened to me with my recent business loss.
TRUSTED BUSINESS PARTNERS ARE CAPABLE OF THE GREED FACTOR, THEY’RE HUMAN, JUST LIKE YOU!
My trusted business partner said to me as he referred me to this particular business opportunity, that it had taken him a considerable amount of time to make up his mind before he decided to get started. He said what changed his mind was that others who had started spending their advertising dollars on that particular opportunity were already in profit mode.
My business partner also said they were doing well financially, and that he had first-hand knowledge of these people. He went on to say that he trusted these entrepreneurs, and knew their characters, therefore he decided to give it a go.
However, he did agree with me that the opportunity sounded “too good to be true“, and both of us used to tell each other that “if it sounds too good to be true, then it probably is!”
What is noteworthy here is that I completely ignored my internal voice that was telling me not to take part in that business model, because it definitely sounded too good to be true. My rational mind knew that it was too good to be true, yet I forged ahead anyway.
I began engaging in “wishful thinking“, that just this one time it was not too good to be true. In other words, I deluded myself. I placed a false protective shield around my efforts, based not on reality, but on hope for a “pie-in-the sky” positive outcome, just in this one case (my case)! Not a very wise decision, indeed!
HOW TO ACTUALIZE YOUR WISE BUSINESS MIND!
1. The wise mind values the internal voice which can foresee potential danger ahead.
2. The wise business mind does not act on “too good to be true” sounding business opportunities.
3. In short, to actualize your wise business mind, pay close attention to your gut feeling, and do not sweep it under the rug. Examine your gut feeling very closely.
4. Do not make any sudden, or abrupt, business decisions.
5. Do not hesitate to stay away from an opportunity, if your wise mind cautions you against it.
6. Know that everyone, even your trusted business partners with whom you may have had many positive and profitable experiences; are only human and capable of being greedy, just like you.
7. We are all human, and capable of greed and delusion. The wise entrepreneur is aware of his or her own humanness, and acts accordingly to reduce it!
As always, I wish you well in your future business adventures!
Pam Britton is an entrepreneur, certified clinical hypnotherapist, and NLP practitioner who combines her passion for service with an entrepreneurial mindset. Pam offers phone coaching for those who wish to be positioned on the forefront of the latest trends in positive psychology.