As an Affiliate Marketer, you can promote different kinds of products, from physical to digital. You may have a different content creation approach, content marketing strategy, ad campaign objective, traffic generation plan, and presentation format.
You are dedicated to helping people, providing value, and solving their problems. You are creating content that will help people make the buying decision.
However, there is more to Affiliate Marketing success than strategies, ads, and campaigns. There is a more powerful aspect to success that many Affiliate Marketers don’t talk much about.
There is one aspect where uniformity among all the Affiliate Marketers is crucial for massive success: Growth Mindset.
In this post, I will explain what a growth mindset is, its importance, and the steps of developing a growth mindset.
A growth mindset is crucial to rewire your brain and mind for success. I truly believe that if you work on your mindset today, tomorrow and for the rest of your lives, you can have a better life.
So, before starting your Affiliate Marketing business, I want you to work on your mindset.
Now, I will explain mindset with the help of a story.
Two seeds were planted on the same day, at the same time, in the same garden, and on the same soil.
Let’s name the seeds Dexter and Jerry. Dexter is curious, excited, full of life, and ready to grow as tall as he can. On the other hand, Jerry is full of fear. He wonders, “What if the sun is too strong and burns my leaves once I grow? What if the bugs eat my leaves?”
Due to the fear of the unknown, Jerry hides in the soil, still, and stagnant. He just refuses to grow!
Dexter feels the sun above the surface and reaches out to it. It pushes out of its shell. Although Dexter has doubts and fear about the unknown outer world, his curiosity is so intense that he says, “I want to see all the living creatures in this garden! I can’t wait to feel the morning dew drops on my leaves!” Dexter keeps pushing until a sprout grows out of its shell.
Dexter grows through warm sunny days, through the colder stormy nights, because it knows that the sun is always going to return.
Throughout life, you will feel like either of these seeds. The way we see the world around us and how we approach life is called our mindset. We could choose to have a fixed mindset or we can choose to have a growth mindset.
When you have a fixed mindset, things could seem difficult. Your mind could be clouded by negative thoughts, you could give up on simple tasks easily, and if you are not good at something, you could spend your entire life thinking that you will never be good at it.
Thoughts like, “I can never do it! I am born this way! What is the point of trying?” could go around your brain frequently.
Every obstacle that you face holds you back and you begin avoiding challenges. When you see the negative side of things, you become Jerry, you become the fearful seed.
On the other hand, you can live your life by choosing a growth mindset. With a growth mindset, you can believe that everything is within your reach and you are capable to achieve anything with effort, perseverance, and dedication.
You would think about life as a big adventure, you will consider failure as a part of the journey, and the obstacles you encounter will only make you stronger. You will enjoy the challenges and become more resilient.
Although you will still face challenges, your perspective on them will change. You will consider them as stepping stones to living a better life and becoming a better version of yourself. The growth mindset will make you Dexter, the brave seed.
Although fear is a natural emotion and experiencing fear makes changing the mindset difficult, it is crucial to try and not give up!
A growth mindset assumes that our personalities can change and grow. People with a growth mindset see failure as an opportunity to learn and try something new. Challenges can be a way to learn more about the world around us or to stretch our capabilities.
A person with a growth mindset believes they can learn what they do not already know rather than assuming that they will never be good at something or that they are not smart enough to do something.
Tips To Develop A Growth Mindset
Tip 1: Perfection Does Not Exist
If you live through life trying to achieve perfection, you will never get anything done. If you try to be a perfectionist, you will always find faults in your work and you will be stuck in what my mentor calls Analysis-Paralysis.
Trying to achieve perfection will only exhaust you. If you are stuck on something, say this to yourself, “I cannot do this… YET”, “I do not understand this… YET.”
Take action and don’t worry about mistakes. The more you try, the better you become, so do things and do not try to achieve perfection.
Tip 2: Change How You Think
Did you ever hear the saying, “watch your thoughts, for they become your words; watch your words, for they become your actions; watch your actions, for they become your habits; watch your habits, for they become your character; watch your character, for it becomes your destiny?”
The above saying shows that everything starts with our thoughts and expresses how the quality of our thoughts shapes our lives.” So, I would request you to change the way you think to change the quality of your life.
If you are Jerry, afraid of life, afraid of new things, and afraid of the unknown, I would request you to be Dexter, full of life, embracing new things, and curious about the unknown.
Tip 3: Start Reading Affirmations
Affirmations are positive statements that can help you to challenge and overcome self-sabotaging and negative thoughts. Affirmations are positive mental repetitions that can reprogram our thinking patterns so that, over time, we begin to think and act differently.
You can get your daily dose of affirmations by downloading this file that includes numerous affirmations that you must read and say out loud every day. The affirmations will reprogram your mind and you will start to see changes in your life.
How To Develop A Growth Mindset?
(1) Your Limiting Beliefs Are Holding You Back
Now, I will address the fears that are holding you back. I am talking about the beliefs that are holding you back.
Look, everyone has beliefs! Since I am an Affiliate Marketer, I will give an example of Affiliate Marketing.
Although Affiliate Marketing has the power to work for anyone, if you start with the thought that it won’t work for you, how much effort do you think you will put in? What do you think will be your level of dedication? Will you take action and do everything to become a successful Affiliate Marketer?
If you start with a negative thought, you may learn and implement only 20%, maybe 50%, or maybe 70% of the things. You will not make an effort to complete every step. You will not be 100% committed.
What does this negative thought does to your results? Since you started negatively, you will hardly get any results.
When you start with a negative mindset, the results you get will not be encouraging. It will only reconfirm your belief that Affiliate Marketing does not work.
So, the thought that Affiliate Marketing does not work will have a ripple effect and affect everything, from you learning Affiliate Marketing, and taking action, to the results that you get.
(2) How Does A Growth Mindset Encourage You?
Now, let’s imagine a different scenario. Suppose you start Affiliate Marketing with the belief that it will work for you. Now, what will happen?
Once you are sure that Affiliate Marketing will work for you, you will learn every day, implement what you learned, and create content that helps people. You will take action and be 100% committed.
This, in turn, will affect your results. Once you choose a positive mindset, the growth mindset, it will have a ripple effect, and your results will be better than your expectations!
You will see massive results and they will propel and motivate you to take more action. Now, I hope you understand the potential of a growth mindset.
(3) Become A Lifelong Learner
My mentor taught me that people who stop learning, start dying! So, if you want to achieve anything in life, you should learn constantly.
Affiliate Marketers with a growth mindset look for opportunities where they will learn new things that will help them grow in their Affiliate Marketing business.
As per research, Affiliate Marketers who achieved massive success read regularly. They love reading self-help books to learn new things.
As a matter of fact, about 85% of successful people around the globe read more than 2 self-help books every month. In another study, it was found that about 30% of the executives consider lifelong learning as the most important trait in their employees’ success.
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Now, I want you to open YouTube and type, “The Strangest Secret In The World Earl Nightingale” in the search box.
This audio was shared by my mentor and I have included it in a couple of my paid courses. The Strangest Secret In The World is a 1956 audio by Earl Nightingale. It is about 30 minutes long that has created more millionaires than any other program.
I want you to listen to it every day twice – once after getting up and once before sleeping. If you pay attention and focus, you will start to observe changes on the first day itself, okay?
Why Should You Develop A Growth Mindset?
As per my experience, a growth mindset is crucial because it can help and encourage you to overcome problems and challenges that you might face while starting – or during – your Affiliate Marketing journey.
Becoming a successful Affiliate Marketer needs you to develop a few skills such as copywriting, content writing, building landing pages, designing funnels, generating traffic, leads, and sales, and so on. With a growth mindset, you will learn regularly, persist and work until you get results, okay?
Once you change from a fixed mindset to a growth mindset, you will observe changes in your life. A growth mindset will let you see that your skills, talent, and knowledge can be developed with hard work and you will explore, experiment, and get results.
Below are more reasons for developing a growth mindset:
Reason 1: You Start To Focus On Progress, Not Greatness
If you want to grow as an Affiliate Marketer, you will need to do things that are outside your comfort zone. This means, that what you want to achieve will be difficult, but with effort, dedication, and persistence, you can achieve it.
Affiliate Marketers with a fixed mindset chase perfection and expect results on the first attempt. As I said (in this case, wrote) earlier, if you chase perfection, you will not take action, and it will slow down your progress.
On the other hand, if you develop a growth mindset, you will take action, go out of your comfort zone, learn new things, and develop the required skills. You will also realise – and understand – that things are tough, but work hard to improve, and, eventually, achieve success.
Reason 2: You Will Enjoy Learning
If Affiliate Marketers developed a growth mindset, they would find learning enjoyable! At first, if they are not good at something, they will work hard and improve gradually.
If Affiliate Marketers have a growth mindset, they are more likely to participate in training, workshops, and courses that will help them develop their skills. That’s why developing a growth mindset is crucial!
Although it seems easy, developing a growth mindset is a little challenging. Developing a growth mindset means addressing our fixed mindset, arrogance, reluctance to admit mistakes, and dealing with failures.
Becoming an Affiliate Marketer who accepts mistakes is a skill that requires introspection, assessment, and mindful practice. It is not as easy as saying, “I have a growth mindset.”
As a renowned psychologist, Carol Dweck said, “The path to having a growth mindset is a journey, not a statement!”
Here are a few tips to develop a growth mindset:
- Tips To Develop A Growth Mindset
- Change How You Think
- Start Reading Affirmations