Why do you believe reseting from a business perspective is so important?
“If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got.” ― Henry Ford
Research shows that unless we are deliberately paying attention in every moment of our life (being mindful) then our brain switches off and goes into Default Mode. This is a type of attention characterised by being on ‘automatic pilot’, the specific areas of our brain that are activated influence the way we experience the world and has been associated with increased stress, difficulty understanding others and communicating effectively as well as reduced occupational performance.
Running a business in Default Mode means our experience of the world is limited to thoughts and ideas rather than through our senses. Re-setting (moment to moment) is fundamental to our wellbeing, as well as the ability to fully engage in what is happening around and within us.
Running a business is challenging enough, but if our ability to be curious, accepting and friendly is diminished we run the risk of missing opportunities, misreading potential, or the inherent purpose of our business.
What do you do to reset for the year ahead?
I plan a holiday that involves change in the routines and rituals of my day, provides the opportunity to connect with family, friends and kindred spirits that nourish, and as much as possible in a physical environment surrounded by nature to immerse myself in sensory experiences to mindfully focus my attention.
As I approach the end of my work year, I have also started to STOP working on some areas of my business. I have been re-evaluating all that I have been doing while working on my business. I have been reflecting on what has been working and what hasn’t, not just in terms of business effectiveness or ROI but in terms of my own wellbeing, the wellbeing of those I care about, but also whether or not it fits with the purpose of Landscape of Life.
I plan to revisit everything with fresh eyes in the New Year and decide what I will start or continue.
How do you create the space amongst the busy of small business to ensure that you work on your business?
It’s hard. Often there are only small chunks of time in between working in my business as a counsellor to be able to work on my business. I always start with ensuring the focus is on my wellbeing first, then the wellbeing of my relationships with others and what is needed for my business to flow.
I have had to learn to accept that there are limitations on what I am able to achieve each day, that as a parent with a young child my workweek is short and I need to rely on others and outsource at times to deliver what I need.
I also, look at how I can simplify other areas of my life, to create more time to work on my business. I teach my clients to steal moments in each day for their wellbeing. I follow this principal in my own life too.
Where do you go for ideas and inspiration when developing your plan for the year ahead?
I cast my net wide for inspiration. I do not limit possibilities. I start with being curious about what I see, hear and experience of other businesses no matter what category they are in. I then start to reflect on how that might work or what that might mean for my own business, landscape of life.
I connect with other small business owners in my local community in the Inner Eastern Suburbs of Melbourne. None of them are counsellors. Yet, I always find something that gets me thinking about the challenges I experience in different ways.
I am relationship counsellor. Fundamentally what I do is about helping others connect, either in their marriage or couple relationship or with themselves. The principal is the same in business; we need to be able to connect with our own purpose, and the insights gleaned from experiences while working in or on our business.
I may have left the theatre of corporate life but the very human way I approach life and my business is the same. Curiosity is fundamental to being creative and innovating in business and in life. When it comes to business it helps to draw on tools from organisational psychology research too. I particularly like the Creativity Formula by Amantha Imber from Inventium.
What simple tips do you have a for a small business owner wanting to create a strategic plan but overwhelmed by the thought of it?
Start with your purpose. What matters to you most about your business? If you can connect with your purpose it will provide a focus and engage you in creating your business plan. Without it communicating with your clients, in a way that is tangible, real and resonates will be challenging.
If you are struggling for clarity of purpose, can’t quite put your finger on something that doesn’t feel right or feel stressed, daunted or overwhelmed then there is a need to outsource for support or for you to personally check out (take a break, get out of Default Mode) to be able to check back in. It’s all part of reseting.
Website – www.landscapeoflife.com.au