Recently I was checking in with a client of mine.
I asked him how his week had gone and what he’d achieved.
“Nothing to report this week, absolutely nothing has gone to plan” was the message.
Now I knew this wasn’t exactly true…
Out of a full week of working in his accountancy practice, the challenges he had faced had completely taken over all the good stuff that had gone on alongside them.
And it led me to realise, just how much your mindset effects your journey to success.
Here is a poem written by Chanie Gorkin:
The ‘glass half-empty’ mentality can have a huge impact on your motivation to reach your personal and business goals.
As the practice owner, it’s easy to feel the weight of the world solely on your shoulders.
And quite often the challenges you face can have a huge impact on your motivation.
You may find yourself thinking:
- It’s all on me
- I just don’t have the time
- It was easier as an employee
- Nothing is going to plan
And while ever your thought process is like this, you’ll see your goals getting further and further away.
So here are 5 simple steps to tackle a negative mindset and start ‘seeing the glass half full:
1. Remind Yourself Regularly What Your Goals Are
A goal forgotten about is never going to be reached.
It’s really important that your personal and business goals are kept fresh in your mind.
So, when the negativity starts creeping in, you’ll remember what it is your aiming for and you’ll feel a boost of positivity.
One way I do this is by posting my goals around my office in my sightline.
You could maybe post a note on your office door, kettle, desktop as a visual reminder of what you want to achieve and as a reminder of why you work so hard.
Another way to do this is to regularly revisit them and track your progress towards achieving them.
This can be done on a weekly, monthly, quarterly and yearly basis and my clients do just that.
Here’s an example:
Each Year – Review your long-term goals. Ideally these are 5+ years. Use these to create your annual goals.
Each Quarter – Review your annual goals. Use these to create your next quarterly goals.
Each Month – Review your quarterly goals. Use these to create your next monthly goals.
Each Week – Review your monthly goals. Use these to create your weekly focus areas.
2. Focus And Identify Your Successes
It’s a great idea to routinely sit down, once a week, to focus and identify the main things that went well for you, even when you feel like nothing did.
Here’s an example:
Things that went well this week:
- Met an A+ Client For A Lunch Meeting
- Finished early on Thursday to pick my children up
- Had a great, open team meeting.
One thing we often don’t take the time to do as business owners, is sit down and review. Therefore an easy answer is to say nothing went well.
But when you actually sit down and have a good think about your week, there are actually LOTS of things that could have gone well.
A great time to do this is on a Monday morning, when last weeks events are fresh in your mind and you are able to act upon your self-reflection for the coming week.
Each Monday, I ask my clients to touch base and let me know 3 things that went well for the past week, 3 things that they learnt from it and what their 3 goals will be going forward.
By taking a small amount of time to think, plan and reflect you are taking a big step towards making each week better than the last and ensuring you are motivated to reach your targets.
3. Pinpoint Exactly What Didn’t Go To Plan
With your successes firmly in your mind, you can then focus and identify the main things that didn’t quite go to plan for you. You can’t solve a problem if you don’t pinpoint the cause.
Here’s an example:
Things that didn’t go to plan:
- Client changed deadline last minute and left me rushing to finish last minute accounts.
- Staff member off sick impacted team workload
- IT problems effecting practice work turnaround time
By simply summing a week up as a bad one, you are setting yourself up for future weeks of the same kind.
So if you identify the key issues and act upon them you are making productive positive changes.
4. Identify What IS In Your Control
Once you’ve clearly identified the problems, you can then take the necessary steps to resolving them and keeping yourself on track.
And you’ll soon realise that not everything can be prevented and a sick member of staff or an urgent client deadline, however inconvenient, are unavoidable events. That’s life!
Chances are, the following week will be much different and writing a whole week off as a ‘bad job’ is simply training yourself to think negative.
So try simply ‘expecting the unexpected’ and rolling with it.
5. Take A Step OUT Of Your Practice
A common problem practice owners face is that they are stuck IN their practice. Making time to take a step back, relax and gain perspective can have a huge effect on your ability to see and promote success and growth.
While ever you are on the front line, it’s very difficult to formulate a plan of attack.
Here are two more articles on my website about finding time to work ON your practice and not IN it…
- How To Create Time To Work ON Your Practice & Achieve Your Practice Goals
- The Simple, Counter-Intuitive Way To Find Time To Work ON Your Accountancy Practice
Start thinking ‘Glass Half Full’
A positive leader encourages a positive team, which without question is more productive and powerful than a negative one.
And if you find yourself thinking ‘could it get any worse’, instead ask yourself ‘how can I make it better’.
You’ll always face obstacles, but remember there’s solid ground between them.