Why Mindset Matters When You Want to Lead Your Restaurant

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Why Mindset Matters When You Want to Lead Your Restaurant

If you’re looking in certain corners of the Internet these days, there is a lot of information about mindset, specifically a fixed mindset vs. a growth mindset. In my world, a restaurant owner with a growth mindset is more successful, better able to lead in their restaurant. Unfortunately, a lot of restaurant owners are holding onto fixed ideas that are hurting themselves and their restaurants, making them unable to lead a team or their business. In this video, I'm going to tell you what separates restaurant owners with a growth mindset from the rest of the world and why they're so much more successful than most.

What is a growth mindset versus a fixed mindset? What's the difference? Let’s start there.

For a restaurant owner with a fixed mindset looking at their restaurants right now, they are looking to blame their challenges on outside factors. It’s never their fault. It's the vendors’ fault for raising prices. Or the employees’ fault, the government's fault, the customers’ fault. They don’t look inward and consider what role they have in the big picture. There are always these outside factors that are out of their control that seem to control their life, their world. A person with a fixed mindset looks at failure as a limit of their abilities, so if they fail to do something, they think it’s because they can’t get that done, they don’t have the skills and there are too many factors working against them.

A person with a fixed mindset doesn’t see room to learn, increase knowledge or improve skills. They think their abilities are unchangeable, what they know now is what they’ve got. They stick to what they know and don't want to learn something new. They see challenges as obstacles they can’t get through and give up more easily.

This is a kind of victim mentality that can really suck the love out of the business and drive you towards failure, whether it's failure to see your family, failure to pay your bills, close your business, it doesn't matter.

On the other hand, restaurant owners with a growth mindset see the world so differently. If I look at the restaurant owners who join my coaching program, they are looking to improve their lives and their operations. They face all the same challenges as restaurant owners with a fixed mindset. The difference is they're driving their business and their lives with a growth mindset, so they don't look at these challenges as something that should stop them dead in their tracks. Instead, they see them as opportunities. They see failure as an opportunity to grow. They forgive themselves of mistakes, even when it costs them money, and focus on what they can learn to not make that mistake again.

For those with a growth mindset, there are always seminars, workshops, trade publications, books, coaching programs, etc. They're doing whatever they can because they understand they don't know what they don't know. They’re always looking to become better. These owners with a growth mindset see challenges as a way to grow, to find solutions, to get new information, to find the time, to find the money, some way to become better.

These owners say their effort and attitude determine their abilities; outside factors don’t limit them because there are always going to be challenges. The restaurant industry, the business itself is probably the toughest business I know. There will always be challenges. In fact, solve one challenge and a new one is bound to pop up, but with a growth mindset, you understand that you have put forth the effort and come at it with a positive mental attitude. They can overcome anything.

Restaurant owners with a growth mindset are inspired by the success of others. They don't look at people and get jealous and say, “Oh, they only got there because of some advantage or other.” They don't think, “Oh, that should be me.” Instead, they go, “Man, that is awesome. What did they do? What can I steal from what they've done and do it myself to have the same success?” A fixed mindset allows you to prop people up instead of tear them down.

Restaurant owners who seek answers, who want to grow their knowledge, who look for ways to improve their own abilities, these restaurant owners make stronger leaders. At the end of the day, that’s the job of a restaurant owner: to lead the restaurant business, not run it.

If you’re wondering if it’s worth shifting from a fixed mindset to a growth mindset, or what goals you might chase if you opened up your mind to the possibilities, here are the top 10 reasons restaurant owners with a growth mindset actually join my coaching program.

  1. To get freedom from their restaurant.
  2. To gain financial freedom.
  3. To grow as a leader themselves.
  4. To have a key manager to grow as a leader.
  5. To have time with family and friends.
  6. To build a strong management team.
  7. To have the best team members possible.
  8. To create a business that has raving fans.
  9. To have more in life than just working.
  10. To feel joy. 

If any of these goals resonate with you, and you have a growth mindset, or you're ready to get one on, then let’s get on a call together. We'll take an hour of your time so I can learn more about you and your business. I’ll tell you what I do and see if there's a possible fit. My coaching program is only meant for those people with a growth mindset. If you have a fixed mindset, you should stay away. Because my coaching members surround themselves with other restaurant owners who have a growth mindset, who want to make change, who want to help each other. It's the most incredible group you'll ever be a part of if you’re willing to raise your hand and find out what you don’t know

If you would like to learn how to own a restaurant that doesn't depend on you being in it to be successful, sign up for my free video course that teaches you three key principles to running a successful restaurant. If you're ready right now to make some serious changes in your restaurant, you can also book a 60-minute call with me where we talk about your challenges and figure out exactly what is holding you back from having a restaurant that doesn’t depend on you being in it to be successful. 

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