Oh yeah, this one’s a biggy.
You know it.
You know what’s holding you back.
And you know the things that you are doing that defeat a push to build your business.
Minette and I see this in our clients every day … and we see it in ourselves.
And yet it seems to slip away when we try to look at it closely. We self-distract, we ignore, we make excuses and we blame.
Sound familiar? You’re not alone.
As Entrepreneurs we have a lot of things on our minds all the time. Unlike most people in a full-time position we have to juggle finances, marketing, sales, HR, operations, creative, shipping, and so on. As well, we rarely stop juggling those things since the day does not end at 5:30 and the week doesn’t end on Friday. And we try and have personal lives, keep our living spaces clean, love our families, and support our friends. And we need our business to make enough money to live on so that our spouse can get out of that job they hate.
That’s a recipe for Stress and Burnout.
Let’s talk about some ideas to help your Mind help your Business.
Every ancient teaching, religious or otherwise, comes with advice related to this so it can take many forms. The terms “Daily” and “Practice” are important to remember: it is truly something we must practice daily. I like to include the following activities as part of my practice:
Meditate. Even if it’s just 60 seconds, taking the time to settle my mind and allow thoughts to arise and fall away is critical to clearing my head and improving my ability to remain calm in stressful situations.
Practice Gratitude: Staying grateful helps us keep sight of why we do what we do. Practicing gratitude puts us in a frame of mind that embraces all the good things that are going right.
Write in your Journal. Putting things to paper is a fantastic way to clear my head of ideas that tend to pile up. This can include a brain dump, creating a mind map, or just plain writing. I find that journalling also improves my creative writing and blogging abilities.
Do Visualizations. It’s been show in brain scans that when you can imagine, smell, taste and feel all senses related to an end state your mind doesn’t functionally know the difference between your imagination and reality. I used that technique during Ironman training and visualized my way to the finished of 2 separate Ironman distance races: now I use it for my desired goals in business. I actually see myself sitting in front of Facebook Ads Manager and Ontraport with a specific number of sales 🙂
Replace Limiting Beliefs and Negative self-talk with Positive Affirmations. Holy wow this has been coming up so much in my life recently. Whether it’s my money mindset, my overwhelm mindset or my perfectionism mindset, I’m beginning to see how much my existing beliefs shape my perception of what’s possible. I did an exercise the other day where I imagined a revenue number for what I could make by the end of next year: it took me 3 attempts to write down a number that wasn’t constrained by my internal beliefs about what that number could be.
Force yourself to take real breaks. Do you ever actually have a day where you don’t check email or social media? Do you ever stop work during the day to reset and refresh? I was in a total slump yesterday afternoon, sinuses stuffed up, and my brain ready to crash and shut everything down for the day. I took 15 minutes to get outside and ride around the neighborhood on my cruiser and it was like magic: came back perky, energetic, clear sinuses and ready to do more.
What if you committed to doing 1 minute of one of these activities for the next 30 days after you brush your teeth in the morning?
Do you have any mind-clearing activities that help your business? Please share them in the comments.