Why mindfulness matters if you want business success

The power of positive thinking and an agile brain to get your business through tough times is a necessity. Here’s how you can prepare your mind…

Taking a smaller business from start-up to success requires not just an inspiring business plan, but the adoption of a positive mental attitude every single day, no matter what life throws at you.

Succumb to negative forces in your macro (e.g. the world economy) or micro-environment (e.g. being paid late by a customer) and failure is highly probable. Learn to combat them and your chances of flourishing are greatly enhanced.

But how can you do this? The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has some tips.

Pick a quote

Visit a quote library and pick out an inspirational quotation that appeals to you. Put it on a sticky note and attach it to your desk or computer screen. Always refer to it when times get tough.

Work ‘on’ your business, not ‘in’ it

Getting sucked into the daily grind, without finding time for the bigger plan, will soon get you down. Religiously set some hours aside for the vision and not just the vocation.

Train the brain

The brain homes in on negatives, not positives. Tune it differently by stating a positive thought out loud, such as “I will succeed”, several times a day. Spin any negative into a positive and focus solely on the learning experience, not the failure.

Don’t become a ‘Rabbit’

Winnie the Pooh’s friend Rabbit dashed around without ever achieving very much. Don’t be like him. See tasks through to completion, rather than starting many and finishing none. Your job satisfaction will soar.

Enhance your worth

Continuously invest in yourself through training. This need not cost the earth. For example, FSB members can attend free roadshows and pick up tips from industry experts, at no charge.

Stay fit

Your health is vital to your business’ success so eat well, exercise and get sufficient sleep. This regime will help prevent illness and keep your brain more actively engaged.

Treat yourself

Give yourself mini-rewards for business successes, whether on a daily, weekly, or monthly, basis. Even if it’s just a favourite meal, a glass of wine, or a day out, make sure your hard work does not go unnoticed by the most important person of all – yourself!

Control what you can

Don’t try to control things that you can’t control and don’t let these things get you down. Brexit may have made things tough and exchange rates may be unfavourable, but there’s nothing you can do about them, so focus on what you can change and swing it around to your advantage.

Pollyanna moments

Try to find one good thing that happened in each working day and make a note of it. Encourage employees to do the same. Having ‘Pollyanna’ moments will make the workplace so much more positive.

Network

Getting out of the office, factory or studio can be a real positivity booster. Meet new people, share experiences, learn from them, and perhaps even win business. FSB members stay positive like this all year round, taking advantage of free networking events and roadshows that broaden their business circle.

And the final tip… remember to always make the voice in your head a friend and not a foe! Your business world will soon look brighter!

Established over 40 years ago, to help members succeed in business, FSB is a non-profit making and non-party political organisation led by members, for members. Its mission is to help smaller businesses achieve their ambitions so head to www.fsb.org.uk to discover more.

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