Are you struggling to get back into your entrepreneur’s mindset? You’re in good company as most workers and business owners struggle to get their productivity up to speed after a break away from work.
Christmas and other holidays are significant reasons for extended periods away from the business. Getting back into the swing of all-things-business requires a reset of your ‘vacation frame of mind’.
In this article, we look at how you can switch back into the right mindset to knuckle down and get on with achieving your goals and enthusiasm for business. To get things done, you first need to be able to ‘focus’, which helps if those around you are doing the same.
Start the Year Off Right
When a new year begins, it’s an opportunity for a fresh start if you need one. However, it’s not the only time of year you can reboot yourself or your mindset, and it doesn’t have to mean new beginnings, either.
Starting the year on the right path only needs to mean starting as you want to go on, which could be picking up where you left off at the end of the year. If things were going well before, you could get back into what you were doing. If you feel like you need a change, start by thinking about just how you want to change things.
Pick Apart Your Thoughts
When you’re trying to get down to work, there can be many background noise in your head trying to distract you. It could be any number of things, from negative thoughts trying to drag you down to other things in your life demanding your attention when you should be working. It can be advantageous to deal with these things, so you’re able to put them aside and concentrate on the things you really want to do.
Analyze your thoughts and determine where they come from and what you can do about them. Is there a practical solution, or do you need to reason with yourself?
Keep Up Positive Thinking
It’s not always easy to think positively, but entrepreneurs need to be realistic about the challenges ahead. Negative thinking can destroy your efforts to get things done and make you feel like there’s no point in trying. Being positive makes a huge difference to your capabilities. You need to start by believing in yourself and what you can do.
You don’t have to think that you’re a genius who knows everything, but you should believe that you can learn and develop and be confident about the things you do know. Facing your fears and trying new things helps you to become a better entrepreneur and a better person.
Create Some Key Goals
Setting goals is a vital tactic that every entrepreneur should use. You won’t get much done if you don’t know what you want to do and what you need to do to get there.
Create some goals for the year, and you’re already part of the way to being in the right mindset for a successful year. You should make sure that you choose your own goals so that you’re more likely to be passionate and dedicated to fulfilling them. When you complete your goals, you can take pride in your achievements and count them as part of your personal development.
Visualize What You Want
Visualization is a fantastic tool to use if you want to get in the right mindset this year. Picturing what you want to achieve and even creating visual images will help you make your goals seem more concrete.
Use tools like vision boards which allow you to create a visual representation of your goals.
You can map out not just your overarching primary goals but the smaller targets and objectives you need to meet along the way to get there. We call these achievements – reaching milestones. Write down or draw your goals, or perhaps put together a collage. Putting your goals on paper can make a huge difference in your desire to achieve them.
Look Back at Your Achievements (and Failures)
If you want to ready yourself for the year ahead, it’s useful to think about what you’ve done in the past.
Taking a good look at your past achievements and what you think you did right can help you get into the right mindset and make the best decisions. It’s also a good idea to think about the things that didn’t go so well.
Identify the mistakes you made and the plans that didn’t turn out like you had hoped, so you can work out how to do things differently in the future.
Accept failure as part of the process of success. What you’ve learnt so far will be helpful, and while you may be struggling to let go of your vacation outlook right now, it won’t be long before you’re in the swing of things again.
Surround Yourself with the Right People
Even though entrepreneurs can often be solitary, albeit not as much as the solopreneur, you’re likely to be working remotely often and also taking full responsibility for most decisions for the business. Therefore, it’s essential to mix with like-minded peers and surround yourself with the right people and team.
This year, one of your goals may be to work less ‘in the business and work more on the business, and for this goal to be realized, you’ll need staff. Whether you’re looking for permanent employees, contractors, freelancers, or maybe outsourcing providers, surround yourself with people who share your vision and drive and are outcome-orientated.
You won’t have time to micro-manage, so delegate management tasks so you can take time to step away from the day to day operations.
Be Ready to Take on Challenges
Being ready for the unexpected, i.e. you’ve set yourself up with the right mindset, is fundamental as you can’t always choose your challenges. Prepare yourself for anything. Use your entrepreneurs’ mindset, and you’ll be ready for the year ahead.
Taking just a few days off can make it challenging to get back into the swing of work again when you return to the office. Use these tips to reprogram your mindset to that of an Entrepreneur’s so vacations can happen, and then it’s business as usual.