You know how it is, the amount of decisions you have to make in your business. The amount of roles you have to fulfil and the amazing ideas that you have and want to deliver on.
Throw in the social life you want, the family adventures you crave and the day to day tasks you soon start to feel overwhelmed. But you don’t want to give up on your dreams and growing your business.
You might be tempted to reach for an expert and book some training, attend a conference and implement all your learnings, book more social activities and wonderful family breaks and days out. And you’ve panned it all in so that’s ok, right?
Let’s step back a minute. All you’ve done there is add to your to do list and filled your diary. We all do it, I know I have.
There is ONE thing you need to look after first and that will help you to realise and achieve your dreams but feel in control and have the energy to enjoy it.
This one thing that is often overlooked is your mindset. It can affect your decision-making, your motivation, and your overall happiness which in turn impacts what you can get done.
Read on and we will explore why mindset is important to small business owners and how it can help you achieve that vision you had when you started your business! (and have more fun).
Let me tell you about a client, let’s call her Sarah. She is a spiritual queen and she offers coaching, training sessions and beautiful products. Sarah loves spending time with the girls, her family and when she has time she loves a hot yoga session.
However, as her business grew, she found herself spending more time on tasks that didn’t excite her, such as answering emails, managing her session bookings, posting on socials and her general admin. She also has ideas that she doesn’t know how to get off the ground. Sarah didn’t mind doing these tasks at first, but over time, they started to take a toll. She found herself feeling stressed, overwhelmed, and burnt out.
It was her self care and the things for her that went first. She couldn’t get to her hot yoga classes, the dog walks were neglected, she ended up working an extra couple of hours after the kids bedtime and it all felt chaotic and disjointed. Even though she was working more she found she wasn’t getting more customers or making more money. She felt stuck.
This took a toll on her physical and mental health and she told a friend at the school gate how overwhelmed and stuck she felt. That friend was my friend! She introduced us and on one call we clicked.
Sarah had known that she needed to change her mindset.
She realised that she couldn’t do everything on her own and that she needed to delegate some tasks to someone else.
She also knew that she wouldn’t be able to launch these new ideas without some support.
But she didn’t know who to ask, what to ask them to do and how to let go.
On the call I helped her to list all the tasks that take up time, she continued to do this for the following week.
By the time we had the intake call I was able to remove some of those tasks there and then..
After I had been her Virtual Assistant for a month we’d…
🖤cleared messy inboxes and had a great email system that took no more than 5 mins per day
🖤automated some processes that made it easier for clients to book onto training
🖤got all of the systems and goals into her personalised Trello board.
Sarah could now start each day with a quick glance and start on the ‘money making’ work straight away. She also had stopped the late night working and booked a bi-monthly spa day into the diary so she could always catch up with her girls! Hot yoga was now up to 2 sessions a week too!
Sarah’s story illustrates why mindset is so important to small business owners. When you adopt the right attitude, you can overcome challenges, make better decisions, and achieve your goals.
These are some other ways where a great mindset matters to your business:
Motivation – A positive mindset can help you stay motivated and focused on your goals. When you believe in yourself and your business, you are more likely to take action and work hard to achieve your objectives.
Resilience – Small business owners face many challenges, such as competition, huge to do lists, and financial pressures. However, with the right mindset, you can bounce back from setbacks and learn from your mistakes.
Creativity – A positive mindset helps your creativity and innovation shine through. When you approach problems with a positive attitude, you are more likely to come up with creative solutions that can set your business apart from the competition. Plus you started this business to celebrate your creativity right? Don’t lose it!
Delegation – As Sarah illustrated, the right mindset can also help you delegate tasks and ask for help when you need it. When you realise that you can’t do everything on your own, you can focus on the activities that you’re good at and enjoy. It really does make your life more fun!
Speaking of fun, adopting the right mindset can help you have more fun in your business. When you approach your work with a positive attitude and focus on the activities that you love, you can enjoy your work and have a better overall balance.
You can see how mindset is key to small business owners growth and success. By adopting the right attitude, you can stay motivated, overcome challenges, foster creativity, delegate tasks, and have more fun in your business.
If you’re feeling stressed or overwhelmed in your business, consider changing your mindset and as always we’re here to help!