That's right, I said it but it's not what you think. Your mind is the most important thing you should pay attention to when it's comes to running your business. No matter what mind set you have, it will directly affect your business whether this means a positive or negative outcome. Here are 6 goals to get your mind in shape to run your business effectively:
1. Begin with the end in mind
This is your vision! Why you started your business. What your business looks like. How this will make you feel and how it will help your family down the road. Take a paper and write this all down and make a list of how to get there. Set your 6 month goals and 1 year goals. This is a great one especially if you are a new business owner and just starting out! At the beginning is when we have the most excitement and "fuel" to get running. So having your plan in place is crucial to stay on course. Number them from most important tasks to least important and check them off as they get done. Every day though begins with your mind.
2. Expect the best
Don't let fear and doubt take over! This will stop us dead in our tracks if we let it. Your mind is a powerful thing and the negative thoughts that seep in will ruin us and our dreams faster than anything. The cure to this is ACTION. Keeping one foot in front of the other and moving forward works wonders. You will face those fears and end up finding that they weren't as big of a deal as we chalked it up to be. This also includes the negative words of others around us. There will always be "haters". The only thing that shuts them up is success!
3. Put your mind to work doing only what you can do
When you are first starting out, you may wear many hats in your business. As your business grows, you either need to delegate or delete as many tasks as you can. You don't need to spend your time deleting emails or running the front desk. That's not the best use of your time. There are many apps out now that use automation as one of their features to help and definitely worth looking into. Time is the only thing we can't get more of so make the most of it.
4. Stay in line
YOU are what is going to make your business successful so it's vital that you have a laser focus. There are way too many distractions these days. Your cell phone is the main source of them. Don't let it be in your sight when you are doing business tasks or with customers unless needed. It's amazing how fast something small will catch our attention. Being responsible and mature play a big part here. Keep your mind focused on having a productive day and deleting distractions. You will be so glad you did at the end of the day! Reaching your goals will not happen when you waste that valuable time you have on meaningless activities.
5. Working on you and your business
Be the best you! With technology changing rapidly, we have to always be learning. If you get stuck in your ways, you will be left in the dust. Our business is our living so we need to be shaping our minds constantly so we can be experts of our field. Learning never stops as we develop our businesses. This also means taking care of yourself and filling your mind with good things.
6. Having an attitude of gratitude
Have the mindset of serving others and being thankful! We truly are so blessed and have so much to be thankful for. Start your day with a smile on your face :) Even though it's hard sometimes, keep personal and business separate. People will notice if something is bothering you and you don't want that affecting the image of your company. Also, celebrate your wins no matter how small. Think back to where you were last year or even a couple months ago. You have come along way since then and that is something to be excited about. Every little win is one step closer to your goal.
So Remember: Check yourself before you wreck yourself!