Running your own business takes a lot of different skills and qualities but the one that is overlooked the most is cultivating a healthy business mindset. With the wrong mindset success feels empty and every day is a battle. Burn out is all too common for business owners and it’s completely avoidable with the right mindset. So here are the top five key elements for a healthy business mindset:
Intention and Clarity
When you have a clear focus and goal for your business your time and energy will be spent wisely on things that support that goal. When you lack clarity in your business goals you end up feeling frazzled and pulled in a million different directions. Your time is spread thin and you don’t make much progress. Be intentional with your work by clarifying what you want to accomplish with your business.
Opportunities Not Threats
Challenges are always going to be part of an entrepreneur’s life. When complaints, problems, and issues come up it’s easy to get frustrated or angry. We may become tense and waiting for the next threat to our business. That kind of mindset has negative consequences for both your business and your health. Practice seeing those challenges as opportunities rather than threats. Every problem is a chance to figure out a better way to do something.
Seek To Understand
When you approach interactions (either with customers or employees) with a sincere desire to hear them and understand where they are coming from you’ll build a far stronger business. People are used to others becoming defensive quickly. If you do the opposite it breaks through the noise and makes a powerful impact on them. People instinctually respond to authenticity and sincerity.
Focus On Solutions Not Blame
It’s far too easy to get side tracked into an endless cycle of blame when something goes wrong. While it may be necessary to figure out who is responsible for a lapse, too much focus on applying blame distracts from finding a solution. Put your energy on the positive and focus on finding a solution.
Take A Step Back
You’ve probably seen it in every book your child has on emotions: close your eyes and count to four (or five. or ten). It’s a great exercise for everyone of any age. Taking that moment to concentrate on your breath lets you respond to a situation in a way that is reasoned and helpful instead of pure emotion. Reacting to things too quickly doesn’t give you the space to figure out how important the issue is or what kind of response will be the most productive and helpful.
You’ll Never Regret A Healthy Mindset
Developing these elements of a healthy business mindset will do as much for your success as any class, seminar, or training. Plus, what’s the point of success if you’re miserable and not enjoying it?