Your mindset is an important factor when you start out in a career as a Social Purpose Visionary. It can be the difference between success and failure.

So how do you develop the right mindset when starting out? Here are a few ways:

1. Think of Your “Failures” as Life Lessons

A huge misconception is that failure is something bad. When it happens to us we label ourselves as failures or unsuccessful. What is failure really? It’s just a learning lesson. We learned what didn’t work. It’s an opportunity to explore WHY it didn’t work. The biggest failure of all is not taking stock of these lessons and applying what we learned to our new ventures. We tend to repeat these lessons until we learn them.

“You will learn more from your failures than from your successes. That’s why it’s important to learn ALL YOU CAN when you’re faced with an immediate failure.” Tony Robbins

2. Write Down Your Personal and Business Mission and Keep it Visible

You could call it a life’s purpose, vision, or mission. We all have one. Knowing what it is and keeping it visible is a powerful motivator. It also keeps you focused. Try place your mission on a bulletin board, create a vision board, or start a board on Pinterest. Keep your focus on your mission and set your goals to fulfill this mission.

3. Set Your Goals High but Keep Your Focus on Taking One Step at a Time

You will never know what you can achieve if you don’t set goals higher than you have ever achieved. But once you set these lofty goals your focus needs to be on the first step to take, and then the next. Just the act of moving towards a goal spurs unexpected successes along the way. Confidence is often built by achieving goals you didn’t think you could do. Start a business that encourages you to stretch out of your comfort zone a little bit at a time.

4. Hang Out With Other Social Purpose Visionaries

There is nothing more motivating than hanging out with people who have the kind of success you want. Finding successful people to “hang out” with is easier than ever. You can find them in Facebook Groups and LinkedIn groups. You can follow them on Twitter and attend seminars and workshops.

5. Be Confident in Your Skills and Talents

Your abilities are unique to you. No one has the same combination of your abilities and experiences. But, we are so used to downplaying our skills, talents, and natural born gifts that we we fail to appreciate them. This is why often times people can see your talents better than you can.

“To lead with vision requires a clarity of purpose but also a willingness to draw others into your vision.” Joel Garfinkle