Mindfulness is a trendy buzzword that entrepreneurs, motivational speakers, and startups tend to toss around frequently. Generally, mindfulness means a mental state achieved by focusing one's awareness on the present moment — calmly acknowledging and accepting your feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations.
In business, mindfulness means something similar, but with an emphasis on your business or future business goals. Truly, mindfulness can be a tool to help guide you in achieving your entrepreneurial hopes and dreams. It can provide you with a sense of creative clarity and higher awareness required to make thoughtful and better decisions. With clarity, higher awareness and thoughtful decision making, you will be a better entrepreneur and leader — plus your business will benefit greatly. All told, mindfulness can be a stepping stone to help you and your business reach their full potential.
How Mindfulness Can Help You Start a New Business
When attempting to start a new business, you are undoubtedly stressed, tired, anxious, burnt out and perhaps even dealing with a dearth of creativity. Mindfulness can help you get laser-focused on your end goal, tune out the clutter inside your head, alleviate some of the stress you may be facing and increase your overall business performance.
Being in the present moment when taking action to start a new business is key. You will be able to make deliberate choices that have less drastic consequences, leading to more positive results.
Mindfulness Hacks to Help Your Business
Looking for simple but truly effective ways to achieve mindfulness? Try some of these hacks that may help!
There are plenty of apps on the market that can help you achieve some zen. Calm, 10% Happier and Headspace are just a few popular apps you can download today to help you achieve more mindfulness by tomorrow.
However, escaping from your phone and getting some time away from the screen is also beneficial. Get away from your inbox and cell phone for a bit to help ease your mind. Every time another email notification pops up or someone calls you, that can cause you to feel anxious and stressed — step away for a second or put your phone on do-not-disturb mode to stay focused.
Not reaching for your phone first thing in the morning or right before bed can also help tremendously. In fact, you may consider establishing more mindful routines for when you wake up in the morning and when you are going to bed at night. For example, journaling is one way you can help achieve emotional balance and clarity.
Another option is to Marie Kondo your life. How can you be mindful, clear and calm if your personal space, office, home or car are stuffed to the brim with clutter? Purge your spaces, and your mind will be able to think a bit clearer.
At the end of the day, practicing mindfulness does not need to be a huge time commitment — but the time you do devote to it can impact your personal and professional life greatly. Practicing mindfulness a few minutes each day can provide you with the clarity you need when starting a new business, or give you the motivation to continue running your business like the boss that you are.
Lisa Crocco is a marketer for an international food manufacturer by day and a freelance writer/marketer for startups and small businesses by night. She's written for outlets like USA Today College, Career Contessa, CloudPeeps and Fairygodboss.