Life is full of distractions, which can be challenging for people trying to build a better business.
What do these distractions look like?
Well, people send 204,000,000 emails, Facebook users share 2,460,000 pieces of content, Twitter users tweet 277,000 times, and 72 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute.
This is mind-boggling, but don’t worry, mindfulness can help you manage these distractions better!
Whether you are an online entrepreneur who’s just starting or the leader of a large organization, distractions can derail your progress.
Tasks can become the bane of your existence.
While doing one task, the mind often wanders to the list of other things that still need to be done later in the day.
Multitasking has become the norm.
Not only is it ineffective, but it also encourages stress that can lead to fatigue in your mind and body.
Practice Mindfulness Over Multitasking
Mindfulness is the ability to be present and fully aware of what you are doing and feeling at any given moment.
When you bring awareness to what you are experiencing through your thoughts and emotions – without reacting – you are being mindful.
Mindfulness is a practice that is available to you at any time.
One of the easiest ways I practice mindfulness is to slow down and find stillness through my breath.
You, too, can experience it in any ordinary moment of your day.
1. Focus your attention on the sounds around you right now.
Listen and acknowledge sounds all around you.
Try to grasp how near or far they are.
Accept the sounds as they are.
2. Shift your attention to your body and notice how you feel physically.
Are there any areas of tension in your body?
Feel the contact of your feet on the ground or your bottom on the chair.
Accept the sensations as they are.
3. Bring awareness to your breath.
Focus your attention on your belly and allow it to soften and relax.
Slow down your breathing and deeply inhale for three counts.
Pause for a second, then exhale for a count of three.
Pause again, repeat.
Notice when your mind pulls you away from this breathing activity, and then bring your attention back to your breath.
A mindful approach can be applied in your day-to-day life and your business.
Here are three ways to use it to help you build a better business:
Build a better business by understanding your purpose
Having a clear idea of what you are here to achieve and what sets you or your company apart helps to harness your creative energy and that of your team.
To do this, make sure you know what your ‘why’ is.
I decided to pursue a coaching training program I had been working in the corporate world for 15 years.
I already had a small business teaching yoga and running retreats.
However, I was seeking something more.
I wanted to connect with others on a deeper level; to help people reach their full potential in life and business.
It wasn’t enough for me to intend to help others reach their full potential.
Figure out you’re ‘why’ by noticing what interactions or activities bring you joy.
When running retreats, I felt good helping people make personal breakthroughs.
Supporting their growth process was an honor.
I wanted to serve in the business world through my coaching and help entrepreneurs succeed.
Evaluate Where You Are At Now
When you understand you’re ‘why’, you can better determine those opportunities that best align with you based on where you are now and where you want to go in your business.
If you don’t fully understand where you are now, how will you know the next step to take you where you want to go?
Be Present and Take Stock of Yourself and Your Business Today
When I first launched my coaching business, I felt overwhelmed about where to begin to market my services.
Having some experience in marketing, I jotted down a rough strategy.
Then, I created my website, launched a Facebook business page, and updated my LinkedIn profile.
I even experimented with Instagram.
A few weeks into my new business, I wondered if my strategy was correct when the sales weren’t flooding in.
Was I focusing on the right channels?
I had to evaluate what was working and what wasn’t.
The lack of sales led to self-doubt.
I even questioned the value of my services.
The sheer amount of options and data available today, plus the confusion around the myriad of choices, was a reflection of what was going on in my mind – too much noise.
Get Out Of Your Mind and Into Your Body
My next marketing campaign was not what needed my focus.
I got out of my mind and into my body – to look within to fully see where I was at and what I wanted to accomplish with my business.
I looked within by practicing meditation.
By taking a few minutes each morning to sit quietly, ask questions, and journal, I found myself getting clarity after a few days.
Some days I would begin my practice with a simple question, such as, “what do I need to know today?”
The Answers Will Come
By listening to my inner wisdom, I discovered that I needed to spend less time online and more time connecting with others in person.
I began meeting people at events and networking sessions.
This led to better connections and referrals.
Eventually, my business started to grow.
To keep growing, I had to step up and evaluate my beliefs.
Examine Your Beliefs
Do you believe you can build a better business?
Can you grow it and take it to the next level?
If not, what beliefs are holding you hostage?
Fear and doubt are often rooted in your beliefs, which are formed at a young age.
Beliefs continue to be formed throughout your life based on your experiences.
They can become a self-fulfilling prophecy – which is great if they are positive and lead you down the right path for personal growth.
But when beliefs are negative or false, you take a more challenging or painful path.
As my business was starting to take off, I had two limiting beliefs:
(a) I had to do everything on my own, and;
(b) I had to work hard to achieve.
When I took the time to examine my beliefs, I realized that it was OK to ask for help.
To build my brand, I needed to seek out additional support for online marketing activities.
I also took stock of how many hours a day I was working and how often I was taking breaks.
When I restructured my schedule to allow breaks and go outside every day, I became more focused and productive.
Mind Your Beliefs by Watching Your Thoughts
I recognized that my previous over-achieving habits had roots in fear – fear of being judged for not working hard enough!
When I could detach from my thoughts and self-imposed beliefs, I could relax and enjoy my days more.
The more you practice mindfulness and meditation, the more you realize that you are NOT your thoughts.
You have control over what you choose to focus on.
Repetitive thoughts become beliefs.
So be mindful of where you place your attention.
The ‘Busyness’ Culture and the impact of mindfulness
In today’s distracted society and culture of ‘busyness’, the mind becomes overworked when you are constantly running around at top speed.
Seemingly small fears and anxieties can easily balloon into major problems if you don’t pause often to take stock of yourself and your situation.
Developing mindfulness practice builds emotional awareness.
It’s a continuous learning process.
When you catch yourself distracted, slow down your breath, bring yourself into the present moment, and inquire about what’s going on in your mind.
With a mindful approach, you will find yourself – and your business – expanding in a focused and positive way.