It’s a fact. Small business is challenging. SMBs are constantly pressed for time and pushed in all directions by their customers and business demands.
Experts agree that maintaining a growth mindset is essential, even when there seems to be little room to think past the next minute. This article will give tips and tools to help you stay on your game.
What affects your mindset?
Why is mindset necessary? It is essential because it influences achievement. Stanford University psychologist Carol S. Dweck found this out.
Dweck conducted a study in which she offered children the choice of redoing an easy jigsaw or trying a more difficult one. Some children remodel an easier puzzle to succeed. Success meant to them feeling smart. Some children chose, however, to tackle the more challenging puzzle. These children saw success as tackling a more complicated puzzle. These children show the difference between a fixed mindset and a growth mindset.
Dweck’s research over the years has confirmed that mindset is crucial to success. It’s essential that, as a business person, you develop a growth mindset because mental growth equals business growth.
How to develop a growth mindset
You are a busy businessperson. How can you embrace a growth mindset without stress and find the time and space to do so? Although redesigning your mental models might seem complicated, the transformation can be as easy as asking yourself three daily questions.
What am I looking for?
This is the first of three questions you should ask yourself in the morning. It will remind you about your business and why you do it. This question can be adapted to include:
- What attracted you to your company?
- Why did you launch your business?
- What is your favorite part of the adventure of being a small business owner?
- What would your ideal day at work look like?
- What is your favorite part of the job?
- What makes you want to come back?
These questions will help you discover your inner business owner. You will feel more prepared to face challenges and inspired to adopt big-picture thinking.
Who or what can I help?
This question will remind you of your purpose and who or what your business is serving. It also helps you to remember how your business is connected with the community.
Consider where you and your team need the most assistance.
- What decisions do they need today from you?
- How can you help them maximize their potential for your business?
- What could your customers require from you today
- What are the needs in your region that your company can meet?
- Are people frequently passing through your area? What are their different needs from the locals?
By spending a few moments in the morning thinking about how you can help your team, customers, and business, you will set your expectations for the day. It also allows you to prepare for being available so that you are aware of when people or problems need your attention.
What should I be focusing on today?
This question is similar to choosing an intention when you meditate, practice yoga, or pray. It helps you focus your efforts and direct them toward achieving that goal. Here are some different ways of approaching this topic.
- What is needed to make your business run smoothly?
- What would you like to see happen in your business today?
- Can you balance your priorities to include both wants and needs?
- Are you able to identify ways that employees can perform better?
- You’ve been stuck for some time on a problem in your business.
- Can you offer your customers any new products?
Asking yourself these three questions each day will help you plan your week. You might ask your team to set up new inventory today, then tomorrow to work on new displays of merchandise, and finally, the next day, encourage them to show the new items to every customer who walks in the door.