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Leaving the comfy and secure realm of full- time employment requires a number of things, but most important it requires a shift in your mind set. Doing what it takes to set your self up for mental success starts with taking the “F” word out of your vocabulary permanently.

My friends, I want you to say good bye to the “F” word: Fail!  The only way that you can fail, is if you give up!  The only way that you can fail is if you don’t even try!

Get that non-progressive, self-defeating F word out of your head and out of your vocabulary ASAP.  The right question to be asking your self and acting upon is; how will I set myself up for business success?  My belief is that the F word all starts with a mindset.  If you choose to focus on failing and why things won’t work, I can promise you that  you will have a long road ahead of you to attain business success.  The right mindset, a positive mindset is what’s required to get the F word out of your vocabulary permanently.

When your mind is consumed with why it won’t work,  then you have already taken 5 step backwards before you have taken even one step forward. If you don’t believe in yourself, your product, or your service, either will your customers.

Here are some tips to get you setting yourself up for business success and deleting the F word from your vocab.

 Tip #1

Choose to focus on progressive thoughts and how you will make your business work and how you will be successful. But don’t be disillusioned, thoughts alone don’t bring about success positive thought, hard work and progressive action bring about business success.

Tip #2

Choose to not fight change and  learn how to embrace it (no matter how difficult it may seem in the moment). The reality is this; times change, your clients change,  market conditions change;the decision is yours, are going to submit to the F word?? Of course not! Make a conscious decision to be willing to embrace change or what will happen is that change will manage you and that is when you lose control. Be intentional about looking for the opportunities in times of change, trust me they are there.

 Tip #3

Nobody likes to make mistakes. However, the simple reality of life is that at some point, all of us are going to be wrong, do something bad, or somehow screw something up – that’s just life. As a business owner, recognize that you are going to make a lot of mistakes, it’s not the F word.  Set yourself up to learn from mistakes you make and things that have not gone as planned, use these new lessons learned to fuel your success.

 On a closing note, we should never accept and embrace failing fast as a concept.  You can call it failure but I choose to call it learning, WHAT NOT TO DO, which is just as important as learning WHAT TO DO.

So, let us toast to permanently eliminating the F word –  cheers!

Karen Donaldson is a Motivational/Empowerment Speaker, Public Speaking and Presentation skills coach and Founder of Karen Donaldson Inc. Visit Karen at

Also check out our interview on my BlogTalk Radio show I am The Boss of Me, where Karen talked about quitting her job and starting her own business.

To Our Mutual Success, Lady T

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