In a previous post, I shared how 2020 has been an opportunity for me to create simplicity in business.
But even when simplicity in business can yield amazing results, deciding to make those changes can often be hard!
It requires courage. Facing ourselves. Making hard decisions. Letting go of things that are no longer working. Implementing new ideas. Finding the right support.
To create simplicity in business, you need to first get clear on your mindset, then on your money and finally on how you manage your business.
Let’s start with your mindset.
step one to simplicity in business: understanding your mindset
The first step towards simplicity in business is to understand your mindset.
Mindset is the way that you think. Your attitude and beliefs.
Here are some questions to ask yourself to better understand your mindset:
- What is important to you?
- What type of business do you aspire to create?
- How much do you believe in your potential to create it?
- What lifestyle do you wish to have for yourself and your family?
- How do you feel when pushed outside of your comfort zone?
- What happens when you are faced with an unfamiliar task?
- How do you create opportunities for yourself?
- In what ways do you hold yourself back?
- How do you manage your time, energy and focus?
why mindset is important
Your mindset affects the decisions that you make about your life and your business. It will tell you what you need to achieve, how you want to achieve it and how you may be holding yourself back.
For me, since I started my business in 2013, I knew that I wanted freedom. Freedom to work from anywhere, in ways that play to my strengths, and with clients I truly love working with.
I wanted flexibility with my schedule and with my time.
For example, if I want to work from 7AM – 12PM and take the rest of the day off, the way I build my business needs to support that. If I want to take month long contracts in different parts of the world, the systems I implement and the team I hire need to support that also.
Then, as much as I want my business to be successful, I also want to live my life.
Living my life means having time, energy and money to do all the other things that are important to me. From traveling to the US and UK to visit friends and family, to taking holidays in faraway destinations, to having amazing experiences with people I love, and eventually building my dream home on the coast.
managing your mindset
Once you become clear on the life and business that you want to create for yourself, you need to eliminate all the negative BS that holds you back.
Do you tell yourself that you can overcome difficulties? Or do you tell yourself that it’s impossible and give up?
Do you allow the things that you don’t know to keep you stuck? Or do you push yourself outside of your comfort zone and try anyway?
Are you looking for ways to grow yourself and your business? Or do you hold yourself back and play small?
Are you stubborn and want to do everything on your own? Or do you recognise that sometimes you need support and get the help you need?
Do you sabotage your own success and come up with excuses? Or do you keep pushing forward, even when you sometimes don’t feel like it?
let’s be honest
To succeed in business, you need to work towards the things that you say you want! You need to learn, and grow. Try, and fail. Try again, and succeed!
You need to learn to manage that voice in your head that tells you that you can’t or shouldn’t.
To believe in yourself and your abilities.
And to keep going, even when you don’t always feel like it.
And you can!
But first, you need to be honest with yourself. Notice the thoughts you have and how you talk to yourself. How do these influence your behaviour and that actions that you make (or don’t make)?
Once you become aware of them, you can start to make different decisions. And different decisions lead to different results!
simplicity in business starts with your mindset
To create simplicity in your business, you need to truly understand what you want and why those things are important to you.
Only then can you start to build your business in a way that truly supports your personal and professional goals.
Next week I’ll be covering the second step in simplifying your business, and it’s all about managing your money matters!
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