Personal development for business success
Your level of success will rarely exceed your level of personal development.
I love this statement and reflect on it often. For me this statement distills down to the fact that we are only as good as our mindset. Yet we often describe ourselves as being too busy to reflect, embrace a morning routine, self-care, say Not Now, read and invest in ourselves as business owners. The irony is not lost on me, after all we are all proudly in busi-ness.
During my conversations with allied health business owners, mindset, personal development, seeking and implementing business knowledge are the powerful critical drivers of practices dialing up into awesome. In my opinion here are the deal breakers that I have witnessed in others and applied personally. I hope you find them interesting and most importantly useful.
Mindset is everything. I am learning the value of silence and critical thinking time and now schedule short blocks of both into my week. As a result a few curly issues have unraveled and interesting ideas have appeared. It seems my poor brain needs a rest sometimes. Optimism and growth mindset deliver fascinating content for our personal consideration, this too if flavoring my strategic and operational activities. Mediation, affirmation and visualization are also powerful business tools and may already feature in your week.
How do you manage and expand your mindset?
Manage work flow
This year I have implemented personal Kanban a strategic method of taming tasks and time and ensuring that things get completed. Google up Jim Benson and Personal Kanban, the two day workshop I did with him was and incredible game changer. Recently I have devoured a book by The One Thing by Garry Keller. It has rocketed to one of my all-time favorites and I am steadily implementing lessons learnt. Both authors suggest that you make work visible and that tasks are batched and blocked into a default diary. I love it.
How could this assist you and your business?
Commit to lifelong learning
Read. Ask. Discuss. Repeat. Read like crazy, listen to podcasts and books, join business groups, meet with peers, sign up for online events. I am a hug fan of journaling and regularly jot, scribble, draw, map and more. All my ideas are harvested in a series of note books, no pressure to remember all my ideas and only one ( or more) places to look for them when inspiration is needed.
What do you need to learn and apply next?
Engage a guide.
You don’t know what you don’t know. Having an external coach to ask, discuss with and to hold you to account is critical. I have had 3 incredible business coaches in the past and currently actively participate with a business coach. I thank him for holding a bigger future for me than I can sometimes see for my self.
Who will be your next guide?
Allied health business owners are so good at looking after others, their needs tend to come last. With the physical, emotional, spiritual and energetic fuel tank running low it becomes further depleting to service others. Tips you have heard about include regular exercise, hydrating optimally, managing nutrition, ensuring adequate quality sleep yet these all feel hard to fit on top of a hectic work schedule. Start with a first small step, something achievable, a new water bottle, a stand up desk, packed lunch or a stand up meetings. Business is stressful and relentless, you are encouraged to seek professional help to manage anxiety and overwhelm, please assertively invest in your mental health
What steps can you take towards even greater self care?
Rhythm and routine.
A lot is written about the importance of your morning routine. Whilst early bird status may not be for everybody exercise, nutrition, hydration, mediation and intention setting are doable for many. You have heard me speak of a default diary previously, it makes such an epic difference knowing that same tasks will be done at a designated time in the week. Similarly the structure and habit of completing end of day / week / month / quarter / year procedures bring a secure freedom to them.
What routines and habits can you explore?
We are all on the allied health business adventure and we all have lots to learn. In my experience mindset, engaging a guide, self care, rhythms and routines, work flow management and committing to being a life long learner are core personal development activities.
What are yours?