Starting a business is never an easy task. It requires a lot of hard work and dedication, and often the responsibilities and tasks involved can be overwhelming and stressful.
One of the biggest challenges for many new business owners, however, is navigating their mindset and emotions about the work they are doing.
In this episode of “Starting a Business Simplified”, the host Suzy and guest Janice Hoult founder of High Vibe Weight Loss, discuss how to shift one's mindset and align your personal values with your business.
In this article, we will explore the key takeaways from this episode, and how they can be applied to starting a business.
Changing Your Mindset Through a Simple Exercise
One of the most fascinating elements of the episode is an exercise Janice shares with Suzy. The exercise is designed to help change one's mindset and emotions towards a task they are dreading, such as bookkeeping.
Janice explains that often, we can get in our own way by thinking negatively about a task before even starting it. This can lead to stress, pressure, and avoidance, which can halt our progress and productivity.
The exercise is simple, yet powerful. It takes less than a minute and involves getting into the frame of mind where you feel the way you want to feel and think positively about the task. Janice explains that desired emotions can be achieved by identifying thoughts that lead to those emotions.
By doing this exercise and feeling inspired and happy, one can free up time and complete tasks more easily and naturally.
Janice stresses that many new business owners struggle with this and that it can hold them back.
For example, if you dread bookkeeping, you may avoid it altogether or put it off until the last minute, which can lead to a stressful and overwhelming experience.
By changing your mindset and emotions towards the task, however, you can make the experience much more enjoyable and productive.
The Importance of Aligning Your Personal Values with Your Business
Janice emphasizes the importance of aligning one's personal values with their new venture or career. She commends Suzy for bringing a personal touch to her business and for looking out for what she needs. Janice notes that many people fail to align their personal values with their business, which can lead to burnout and lack of motivation.
Janice outlines her top five values and identifies how they relate to her business. She notes that actions are always driven by values, and by identifying them, everything else becomes easier.
For example, Janice identified health as a top value, which is not being aligned with her career anymore. Knowing and being clear about one's values can make actions smoother and more natural, avoiding hustle and force.
Janice stresses that wealth is important to support other values, even though she never valued it before. She notes that understanding one's own values can make actions smoother and more natural, avoiding hustle and force.
Dealing with Negative Thoughts and Emotions
Janice suggests an exercise where you list out both your subconscious and conscious thoughts regarding a task. This can help identify areas for improvement and shift negative thoughts and emotions. She notes that shifting thoughts from "I have to" to "I get to" can change your perspective and lead to feeling inspired. Dealing with negative thoughts and emotions leads to a higher quality of work and consistency.
Suzy notes how important it is to be clear about what tasks are truly important and move the needle for one's business, rather than just feeling productive. The two agree that understanding one's own thought patterns that prevent taking action is crucial in order to grow and succeed.
Balancing Work and Personal Life
Janice also emphasizes the need to balance work and personal life. She notes that as a business owner, you cannot rely on others or call in sick, so you must take care of yourself to fully show up for your business.
Taking care of oneself physically and mentally translates into better energy, clarity, brain space, memory, and work quality. Neglecting self-care can lead to burnout and affect the work process negatively. Self-care is a continuous process that compounds over time and can either build or wear you down.
Applying Janice's Tips to Your Business
So how can you apply these tips to your own business?
Here are some ideas to get started:
- Identify your values: Take some time to reflect on what is truly important to you in your personal and professional life. Write down your top five values and see how they relate to your business.
- Transform your thoughts: When you feel negative thoughts and emotions creeping in, take a moment to reflect on them, and transform them into thoughts that align with your values.
- Take care of yourself: Make sure you are taking care of yourself physically and mentally. This includes everything from getting enough sleep and exercise to taking breaks to rest and recharge.
- Prioritize the important tasks: Identify the tasks that truly move the needle for your business and prioritize them. This can help you avoid feeling overwhelmed and unproductive.
- Shift your mindset around tasks: Use Janice's exercise to shift your mindset and emotions towards tasks you may be dreading. By feeling inspired and happy, you can free up time and complete tasks more easily and naturally.
Starting a business is never an easy task, but by focusing on your mindset and aligning your personal values with your business, you can create a more enjoyable and productive experience.
By taking care of yourself physically and mentally, prioritizing the important tasks, and transforming your thoughts, you can create a solid foundation for your business, and allow it to thrive.
To learn more about Janice visit her website: https://www.highvibeweightloss.com/
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