Before you read this article, open the internet, and ask “How many business professionals are busy?” For a little extra fun, substitute business professionals with your specific industry. You’ll see pages and pages of results and studies all saying the same thing—more than half of people are busy (some studies report well over 75%) and stressed because of it.
Busyness, not to be confused with business, is the top impediment to adopting a growth mindset, and yet most business gurus will tell you a growth mindset is exactly what you need to thrive as a business owner or high-performing employee/leader.
So why are we getting in our own way and what can we do about it?
Why Is a Growth Mindset Important?A growth mindset is crucial for business owners and leaders because it helps them adapt to challenges, embrace learning, and continuously improve their business.
Here are some reasons why a growth mindset is important:
While a growth mindset is critical to business growth these days, many people are feeling overwhelmed and way too busy. If we prize innovation, and we recognize professional growth and creative thinking are essential for today’s businesses to thrive, we must find ways to slay the biggest impediment to developing a growth mindset—busyness. Here's why:
When We’re Busy, We Suffer From…
While you may support the idea of adopting a growth mindset conceptually, and recognize its benefits, unless you are willing to scale back on busyness, instituting a growth mindset will be impossible. To overcome these challenges to attaining a growth mindset, it's essential to prioritize and manage your time effectively. Look to delegate tasks, set boundaries, and create dedicated time for reflection, learning, and strategic planning (schedule it in your calendar). If you’re in a position to do so, creating a supportive environment that encourages a growth mindset, such as fostering a culture of learning and innovation within the business, can also help overcome the impediments of busyness.
Christina Metcalf is a writer/ghostwriter who believes in the power of story. She works with small businesses, chambers of commerce, and business professionals who want to make an impression and grow a loyal customer/member base. She loves road trips, hates exclamation points, and is desperately on the lookout for a quiet space so she can slay the busyness.
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