Show me an athlete that does not routinely work on their skills and I’ll show you an athlete that gets mediocre results. Great athletes, like great entrepreneurs and business people know what they have to be good at and make time to practice. Practice doesn’t stop with repetition – it includes becoming a real student of the skill, and making it part of your authentic self. Here are three that most don’t practice.
This skill takes time to develop – but it’s really the cornerstone of creating a healthy business. “Nothing happens unless first we dream”, wrote Pulitzer Prize winning writer and poet Carl Sandburg. Pick a time and location that inspires you and when you won’t be interrupted. Get comfortable; close your eyes and dream about what your ideal business and life would look like if you could choose it to be any way you want (which you can). Do this daily if possible for 5 to 15 minutes. Then notice what begins to show up for you.
Pay attention to your feelings and thoughts and how they are leading to your results. Self-consciousness is common and involves judging yourself, often in unflattering and disempowering ways. Self-awareness is uncommon and involves feeling authentic and comfortable in your own skin. When you practice self- awareness as I do personally, and with all of my clients – you begin to make better choices that are naturally aligned with who you are and where you want to go. Carry a small notepad with you and notice how important events trigger your emotions, thoughts, behaviour and results. Then begin making shifts in how you are holding things to get different results, until you zero in on what you want.
Anybody who doesn’t journal is missing out on a special gift you can give yourself regularly. You don’t have to be a great writer, but it will improve your writing skills over time. It’s about getting perspective and deepening your understanding of how you are holding important things that are affecting your results. Journaling is simply the skill of streaming your thoughts down onto a piece of paper. You can use a notebook or pick up a nice leather bound journal – but it is important to keep you journaling in one place and in a chronological order so you can begin to see patterns. Do you want to be great at what you do? Are you getting mediocre results? Then step outside your box with me and choose to do something a bit differently. Let me know your thoughts.
Clint Best is a business coach and the founder of Kaizen Business Development in Kelowna, BC and is a certified values blueprint partner. Clint has been guiding forward thinking business owners through change and growth since 2002.