17 Mar 5 Steps To Spring Clean Your Mindset
Spring is here, and the start of this season signifies an ideal time to refresh your approach to life – both personally and professionally.
As most industries are ever-changing, it is important to stay inspired in your approach to business; this prevents stagnation, complacency, and falling behind your rivals due to a drop in standards.
While some of the important steps you can take will be visible in a tangible way — such as reassessing your processes, completing an audit, going through your accounts, and so on — some of the greatest changes happen in the mind.
Your mindset — i.e. your personal psychological approach — can often be the biggest determinant of the progress you make and the success you achieve, in both your personal and professional lives.
But what are the healthiest mindsets to adopt, and how can you embrace them? Below, we explore five simple but effective ways to refresh your mindset for the new season. This should help you to approach your business (and your overall lifestyle) with renewed vigour, vision, and positivity.
Be Grateful For Where You Are Right Now
The first step when starting your journey towards an improved mindset is to be grateful for where you are now. Before anything else, acknowledge what is good in your life and your business.
Even if you have faced difficulties, challenges, and setbacks, now can be a great time to embrace the positive lessons they may have taught you. Reframe challenges in a positive light and try to release anything that may be holding you back.
Express gratitude for how far you’ve come, and get excited to move forward!
Define Your Own Version Of Success
An essential aspect of setting meaningful goals is to first define what your version of success is. This will be different for everyone, and it can be easy to pursue someone else’s version of success without realising it.
For example, do you consider success to be being busy all the time, living an exciting life with a packed social calendar? Or do you prefer a simpler approach — considering success to be having more free time, more space to think, and more time to spend with your family?
Get as clear as you can on what success means to you, without being swayed by what other people tell you that you should want. Aim to reach your own version of peace and fulfilment, and be prepared for it to evolve over time.
Embrace Lifelong Learning & Personal Development
One thing that most successful entrepreneurs and innovators have in common is their love of lifelong learning. The best leaders do not believe they know everything, but will want to learn as much as possible while still acknowledging that sometimes others will know more.
In your business, if you don’t have time to learn a new skill from scratch, why not pick up the basics and then embrace the opportunity to hire an expert professional? Their knowledge will save you time and resources — leaving you free to focus on the things that you’re genuinely passionate about learning.
Ask: Who Can I Benefit?
Many people find their job draining because they suffer from a lack of purpose. In short, they cannot find meaning in their work.
Studies show that a powerful way to combat this is by switching your focus towards benefitting others. For example, try considering who your work will be benefitting, or who it will benefit in the long run.
Whatever industry you work in, focusing on how your actions might be benefitting others – even if it’s only in small ways – is a great way to boost feelings of wellbeing and purpose.
The wish to benefit others is the first (and most powerful) step to take towards a life of real purpose and meaning.
Live By Your Values
Consider what your values are; do you most prioritise your family time? Or your health, perhaps? Get clear on what your true priorities are and then make an honest assessment of whether your routines reflect this.
Are you spending the most time on the things that matter to you, and if not, can you make some adjustments towards a better balance?
While we may not always be able to spend our time exactly how we wish, once we are more aware of our priorities, it is easier for us to introduce changes into our lifestyle that will help bring us closer to our primary goals.