- With clearer vision of how the present relates to your business’s future, you’ll spend your time on the important tasks.
- Knowledge of self can help you predict times of higher stress (mental, emotional, physical) and put together systems for dealing with them in a way that doesn’t throw your business off course.
So what is self-awareness?
4 sign posts for building self-awareness throughout your day
Make reciting or reading your why for business a part of your morning routine.
Before you sit down to begin your work day, remind yourself why you are here. With the bigger picture in mind, you’re more likely to respond effectively to the people and situations that you get the opportunity to interact with. Yes, in this moment you may be trying to sell a course or close a deal but what’s the bigger goal? How do you want your clients to feel about their experience? What do you want to be known for?
For me, it’s a burning desire to see people reach their potential by habitually showing up and pushing the edges of their abilities. At home we celebrate getting socks on all by our-(3 year old)-selves because yesterday they ended up upside-down. As a personal trainer it was hearing a client ask for more weight because they just wanted to see if they could do it.
Why statements can be tough to write. If you, like me, grew up hyper-focused on a letter grade, it takes time and effort to really dig into why you are so passionate about your work. If that’s where you are at, keep seeking. Imagine what kind of world you want to live in. Make it a part of your daily routine to observe what things get you excited to go to work or engage the people around you.
Use day-to-day habits like meal times and showering to practice checking in with yourself.
Where are your thoughts running to today? What seems to be the reigning emotion? What fruit are you noticing in your behavior as a result? Then ask yourself this: can you do anything about it, how long will that take, and is it worth the mental, emotional, and financial cost?
Is your home life out of sync and causing anxiety? That’s worth your effort. Is your classmate from high school posting uninformed opinions on social media? That’s not likely to be worth your effort. Are you sick of the cold and dreaming of the day you can afford a beachside office? It’s a motivating image but not your why – give it its proper perspective so you can enjoy the thought while continuing to give the present your whole self.After checking in, choose to step out of the thought stream and tune in to your senses. Notice the tastes and smells of your food. Experience the heat of water on your skin. Look up at the light and shadows of the room. Let your mind be renewed by the concrete world around you. There are reasons for contentment right here in the present. And just imagine the works you can produce when you stop chasing joy and instead live the life you have!
Install systems into your life that give you the freedom to clear the mental clutter.
Whether you are pen + paper, all digital, or a mix of the two, get yourself organized so you can spend less time going over all the to-do’s in your head. Suddenly remembering a deadline (even an unimportant one) can set off your body’s fight-or-flight response, which makes focus on anything else much more difficult (and dangerous if it occurs chronically). Give yourself the opportunity to use your energy for moving your business forward (or graciously making your 3 millionth peanut butter and jelly sandwich).I’ll be honest that I’m still experimenting here. So far I’m a mix of digital + paper. Digital for the running lists and action items while paper is for at-a-glance daily docket stuff. When I’ve fully vetted my system, I’ll share it.
Systems are gifts. When you have a predictable method for getting through all there is to do, you give yourself the gift of focus. No more running from project to project – one thing at a time that gets done and keeps you ratcheting forward.
Set regular dates with yourself to assess your efforts in your business.
Perhaps you set a goal for January but now we’re halfway through and you’ve already gotten side-tracked. Is it for a good reason? Or did you just get distracted by all those “Instagram marketing for 2016” posts? If you have a habit of looking up from the grind, you’ll waste less time getting back on the path you meant to follow.
Regular assessments that keep you focused on the important projects and loosen the grip of distracting tasks – like rewriting your social media bio for the 5th time (guilty) – can have a snowball effect on your motivation because you are seeing yourself learn and grow with real, tangible results.
When it comes to growth, my heart goes out to the moms out there diligently working on building their businesses while also giving themselves to their kids. I’m with you. It’s hard and it feels like you aren’t getting to move forward at all. Don’t forget to also look at how your family is growing. The awesome thing about us humans is that we can learn in one area and transfer it to a new area. So all the time you are spending learning to be patient, selfless, compassionate, and humble can and WILL transfer to your business when the time opens up. And you will ROCK at taking care of your clients.