By Ryan Velez
By all accounts, Teri Harrison is living a successful life. She is the founder and CEO of Fearless & Fabulous Worldwide, a personal development and business-consulting firm for women entrepreneurs. As an attorney, business strategist, and certified life coach, she leverages her acumen to help clients reframe challenges and accelerate success by exercising greater control over their thinking and behavior. She is also an author, having written Winning at Entrepreneurship: Innovative Strategies for Small Business Success, a business guidebook for aspiring entrepreneurs. She is also a contributing writer for the Huffington Post and Success Magazine. Black Enterprise recently sat down with Harrison to talk about her mindset and how it factored into her success.
How do the two tie together? “Mindset is the precursor to success in every area of your life. It’s a disruptive and responsive tool that gives us the potential to create an amazing life. In fact, we all have a mental pathology, a mindset DNA that directs our life path. Both success and failure are byproducts of this pathology and result from our thought patterns.
While people can seemingly experience failure with little to no effort, success requires active engagement—literally teaching your mind how to achieve it. The process involves bringing your mind under your dominion and control, which is challenging. Then, directing it to lift you up, not tear you down. Teaching it to find solutions, rather than problems. Teaching it to choose courage over fear. The bottom line is when you exercise discipline over your mind, it will work for you, not against you,” Harrison explains.
However, there are plenty of roadblocks. “My biggest challenge has been inaction. I’m creative and passionate, so there is never a shortage of “potential” projects to engage. The problem was that years went by without me actually starting or finishing them. I wasted so much time fantasizing about success instead of actually achieving it. I had to get myself to move from stuck to start. One of my favorite quotes by Lao Tzu is, “The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.” This is so true. No matter your goals or the vision you have for your life, success requires that you take the first step.” Her recommended tip to those in the same boat is simple: to stop wasting time.