This is going to be an a-typical blog post, at least when it comes to helping your clients grow their businesses.
(Business owners, listen up too! This isn’t just for the Remote Workers.)
It’s a-typical because we are going to focus on YOU instead of them.
Let’s take a look at three different areas that are crucial ingredients to building a successful business.
This includes both high-level CEO’s and also the assistants that help those CEO’s maintain their level of success.
It’s becoming clear that healthier people create nourishing organizations. Healthy people take less sick days, create less drama within the work place, bring less drama to the table AND make better decisions.
“Our only limitations are those we set up in our own minds”
~ Napoleon Hill
This brings us to the first ingredient, which is your MINDSET.
The quote above is by Napoleon Hill, the great mind behind the classic Think and Grow Rich book and the same person who learned from the richest man in modern history, Andrew Carnegie.
I think we should pay special attention to what he has to say about success and mindset, don’t you? Let’s dig in.
The parent of motivation and productivity is mindset.
Mindset is your way of thinking.
If you want to be as effective as you can be as a Virtual Assistant, then it’s important to understand the fundamentals.
According to renowned expert in the field, Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D, you can have either a Fixed Mindset or a Growth Mindset.
If you’re an entrepreneur or business owner, you likely have a growth mindset. It’s very hard (or, nearly impossible) to get anywhere in business operating from a fixed mindset.
In her book, Mindset: The New Psychology of Success: How We Can Learn to Fulfill Our Potential, Dweck, describes the two different mindsets.
“In a fixed mindset, people believe their basic qualities, like their intelligence or talent, are simply fixed traits. They spend their time documenting their intelligence or talent instead of developing them. They also believe that talent alone creates success—without effort. They’re wrong.”
“In a growth mindset, people believe that their most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work—brains and talent are just the starting point. This view creates a love of learning and a resilience that is essential for great accomplishment. Virtually all great people have had these qualities.”
“Teaching a growth mindset creates motivation and productivity in the worlds of business, education, and sports. It enhances relationships.” Says Dweck.
A fixed mindset means that you’re set in your ways and don’t really see the potential for change. You’re as smart as you’re going to get. You’re as fit as you’re going to become. You’re as successful in life as you’re going to be. Sure, you’ll make small incremental improvements over the years, but your life is basically set.
With a growth mindset, you really embody a CAN DO attitude and understand that all you have to do is decide to do it and take action. You know that anything is possible and that we all have the same opportunity to better our lives. We just have to make the shift if we haven’t already, then continue choosing growth.
Have you ever noticed that the most successful people in business seem to have a robust fitness practice?
You don’t typically see an unhealthy leader maintain success and live a long happy life. If they start out that way, there is almost always a tipping point where lifestyle and physical fitness become a core focus.
Over the years, how fitness looks has changed based on new research and trends. Currently we see the focus on movement picking up momentum. More and more people are looking towards yoga and primal movements versus walking the treadmill and pumping weights at the gym.
There is new research that tells us that we weren’t built to sit around. In fact, some studies are calling “sitting,” the new “smoking.” One of our primary detoxification systems – our lymphatic system – relies on movement.
In addition to benefits regarding detoxification, our brain health and cognitive function improves dramatically with physical movement.
Our ability to problem solve, come up with ideas and remember facts can all be related to our level of physical movement. Brain fog is less common in physically active people.
“Watching a child makes it obvious that the development of his mind comes about through his movements. Mind and movement are parts of the same entity.” ~ Maria Montessori
Physical movement seems to align with momentum in all areas of life including both business and financial success.
Don’t take my word for it test it out for yourself.
By now you’ve probably noticed that it’s much easier to do the tasks that you enjoy than it is to do the ones you hate.
It’s probably also easier and more enjoyable to do work for a client who connects with you on a deeper level.
If we can form a connection to the client themselves and/or the work that they do, there will be an immediate synergistic connection. When we connect with something, we are more willing and likely to cultivate a growth mindset and positive attitude around the work.
Another area that we can connect with our environment; things like our office space, the music we listen to and the outside world.
- Is your office clean and welcoming?
- Do you enjoy arriving at your desk in the morning?
- Does the music you listen to inspire you or distract you?
- Can you see the outdoors?
- Are you getting sunlight throughout the day?
- Can you open a window for some fresh air?
Don’t take these things for granted. Try implementing a couple of things per week that improve the quality of your workspace.
In addition, try looking for ways to connect more deeply with your client and the work that they do.
With all of the focus on tactics and productivity, it’s also important to consider our mind (mindset), body (movement) and spirit (connection).
Try putting yourself first and implementing the above tips and ideas. You may notice two very wonderful things;
1) you get more joy from the work that you do; and
2) you’re more productive for your clients.
If we feel nourished and energized, then it just makes sense that everything around us will improve, including the level at which we serve our clients.