I know you can’t resist a good notebook when you see one and I also know that you love journaling your thoughts and seeking reflection for your business. Changing your business mindset and learning to grow from your successes and failures makes you a better business owner.
You’re a business so you know that moving ahead is always the number one intent. You want that feeling of freedom that comes from mindset change, growth and development. And self-reflection is an important ingredient for success.
How Does Reflection Help My Business?
Whether you choose to journal your reflections or just take time out to think on the big things your business has to offer, you should know that it will help you and your business feel better.
We already know from Julia Cameron that writing is really good for your soul. In fact, regular journaling can help you and your business for the better.
Journaling about your life and business is proven to reduce anxiety, improve clarity, and encourage creativity.
I know that you’re not immune to the pressures that running a business can bring because you’re always looking for new business ideas to keep you growing. During that search, your first stop is usually online but online can make your head cloudy and your creativity
I’ve always been a pretty intense person and reflection wasn’t new to me. But in 2017, I discovered the benefits it had for my business. It’s helped me to grow my business from meh, to something that attracts kind, heart-centric business owners who are focused on improving the lives of others. Because of
Don’t forget to take the time out to reflect on your business trajectory. Your confidence, customers, and business strategy will thank you.
How To Change Your Mindset + Reflection Tips For Business Growth
If you like to sit back in a comfortable chair and think, do that. And if you’re the pen and paper person, that’s wonderful too.
Reflecting on your business can take various forms (and it doesn’t matter how you do it as long as it’s working for you) but here are a few things I recommend doing:
- Make a list of plans for the future and check if they’re well knitted with your organization’s business goals.
- Keeping a journal of successes and failures to reflect on what worked and what did not.
- Talking with a trusted friend/colleague/your mom/ a business partner (or even a microphone for that matter!)
- Schedule a weekly time to reflect on your growing business. Whatever time you can devote to the process remember to be faithful to the process.
10 Questions for Solopreneur Reflection
You could be asking loads of questions – honestly, Pinterest is your friend here. That’s why,I’ve got it covered with these TOP TEN AREAS giving you everything you need to reflect on your business regularly.
1. What’s Your Small Business Plan?
- Do I have a long-term plan?
- Am I truly following my business plan, if not, what could I be doing differently?
- Are my business values sufficiently reflected in my business plan?
2. Assess Your Business Offerings
- Are my business offerings in line with my vision?
- Do I need to evolve my business offerings?
- Am I offering too much and trying to solve everyone’s’ problems?
3. Do You Have The Right Skill Sets To Reach Your Goals?
- Is my skill set sufficient?
- Are my skills up to the task of taking on current trends?
- Am I continually investing in my skills? Check out my guide to online courses here, which will show you find the best places for online professional development.
4. Reflect On Your Business Brand + Success
- What is my brand, and is my brand well relayed to the community?
- If so, is it relayed sufficiently across all the mediums?
- More importantly, are my mediums well chosen?
- Are they enough to advertise my business?
- Do I have an idea of who I’m talking to?
- Do I know who my ideal client is?
5. Marketing Strategy
- How is my marketing strategy holding up?
- Will social media marketing help my business right now?
- What percentage of my target audience is being reached?
- How much time am I spending on social media?
- Do I need support with social media? (P.S. Guys, I’m always going to recommend Sheldon and Co for this because Shelly is awesome!)
6. Look At Money
- Is the budget allocated to advertising my business sufficient for the moment?
- How much does my business cost to run?
- What are the annual expenses that I could save for throughout the year?
- How do clients + customers cover my fees?
- Do I charge expenses?
- Do I charge enough for my time?
7. What’s the Customer Seeing?
- Where do my current and potential customers see me vs. my competitors?
- Also, do I need to improve in certain areas in order to keep my customers glued?
- Reflect on your business competition? Who are they? Where do they hang out?
- What are my customers’ pain points? Remember to check out social groups to find out what people are saying about your niche.
8. Do Your Own SWOT Analysis
- What are your biggest Strengths? (That’s the ‘S’ of SWOT)
- What are your biggest Weaknesses? (That’s the ‘W’ of SWOT – you get the idea…)
- Reflect on your current business opportunities.
- What are your current Threats (potential hiccups/competitions)?
- What am I doing to diminish the threats and strengthen my weaknesses?
9. What’s Your Management Style?
- What kind of manager am I?
- Do I delegate work well?
- Am I ‘team’ friendly?
- Are my contractors reaching out to me + connecting?
- What can I do to improve my management style?
- How do I best reflect on my business for growth?
10. Do I Need Help Anywhere?
- Where do I need help?
- Is my time being spent in my sphere of genius?
- Could I benefit from an addition to my team?
- Do I know what type of support is available? Check out this post on outsourcing and what to expect.
Starting your business focused reflection can happen at any point and only takes a couple of minutes.
But, you don’t have to answer all the questions at once.
Try taking a little break, bring out your pen and notepad and be prepared to see things as they truly are.
Remember, self-reflection (irrespective of whether it is for business or life) is not just a humbling process but a very rewarding one as well!