When talking about being a “conscious” entrepreneur you might think of eco-friendly businesses. Or maybe you think about holistic wellness practitioners. Being a conscious entrepreneur is not really about what you sell or create, it’s about HOW you run your business (and your life).
Here are 5 things that I believe is essential for Conscious Entrepreneurs.
1. Being conscious about your mindset
When you start, run and grow a business, your mindset is one of the most important ingredients to your overall success. Far too often we procrastinate, compare ourselves with others, set our prices too low or self-sabotage in some other way.
As you work on your mindset, you’ll be able to focus more easily on what truly matters for you to reach your goals in your business and your life.
Working on your mindset can be hard. It can be scary and most of all it is uncomfortable. It requires you to truly step out of your comfort zone and the safe patterns that you’ve built up your entire life (even if those patterns are setting you up for failure).
When you acknowledge the power that YOU have through your thoughts and subconscious beliefs, you can create a mindset that will quantum leap you forward.
2. Being conscious about your wellbeing
One of the biggest traps of becoming an entrepreneur is that you keep going, no matter what. There isn’t anyone that will tell you to “pack up and go home” – because maybe you’re actually working from home (even before the pandemic hit).
But it really is true what Maya Angelou says, “nothing will work unless you do”. The thing is – your business and your customers need you at your best.
You are the only one that will be able to give yourself what you need to thrive. You need to be conscious about your stress levels – your physical and mental health.
When you’re caring for yourself both physically and mentally, that’s when you can truly do great things.
You are the greatest asset of your business. So make sure that you are conscious about your own wellbeing.
3. Being conscious about your priorities and goals
It’s so easy to get caught up in all our to-do’s and the busyness of entrepreneurship. We need to constantly zoom in to the nitty gritty stuff and zoom out to see the bigger picture.
If you’re not focused on your goals, every single day, it’s really easy to get distracted by unimportant things or other people’s priorities.
When you focus on what matters most to you – your work will follow. You’ll reach your goals quicker, with less distractions and self-sabotage.
What’s top of mind gets done – so be conscious about what you’re prioritizing in your business. To do so consistently requires a powerful strategy, that will keep you focused on what truly matters most in your business – because that isn’t always so easy to know.
4. Being conscious about your time
If one of your goals as an entrepreneur is to have more freedom to prioritize the things that are important to you – like creativity, family, friends, hobbies – you don’t want to get sucked into your to-do-list.
When you’re conscious about your time and how you spend it, you will be more happy and feel more fulfilled throughout your days. And as you’re doing things or spending time with people – be present.
One way to do this is to regularly set intentions for your day, both with work and things outside of work. Block your time to do the things that are important.
The things that are in your schedule get done – so make sure that the things in your schedule are your most important priorities. Find discipline to let go of your work when you should and stick to doing the things that truly matter.
5. Being conscious about your impact
This is relevant in all aspects of the word. What impact does your business have on your clients or customers? How does your supply-chain affect people and planet? Are you communicating your positive impact and are your taking action to eliminate any potential negative impacts?
What impact do you have on people you spend time with? Are you present? Do you show that you care and prioritize your important relationships? What impact does your business have on the people close to you?
Take a real hard look at how you want to be as a person and the impact you want your business to have in the world.
Because isn’t this really why we’re here – doing the work and creating as an entrepreneur – to have a positive impact in the world (big and small)?
Well, that’s a lot. Now what?
Being a conscious entrepreneur takes constant work, but once you build a solid foundation for your business and life, you’ll see that you can grow your business gracefully and successfully.
Start today by auditing the different aspects of being a Conscious Entrepreneur. What do you struggle with? Where do you lack clarity? Are you self-sabotaging? What is a continuous problem that you face?
Create a clear picture of what matters most to you and begin moving towards that.
We know that the world needs more conscious entrepreneurs.
When you become aligned with what matters most, you’ll create positive effects beyond your imagination.
It’s your time to grow your business and redefine your life by what matters most.
P.S. If you want support to build a powerful foundation as a conscious entrepreneur to grow your business and have a positive impact in the world – check out our 5 Week Foundation Program. We’re here to support you to do just that!