As an entrepreneur, if you are successful in molding yourself according to the circumstances you encounter, you will have mastered the art of self-management. To fully inculcate a habit, you must first understand and embrace it.
This article is part 2 of 4 in our series on Self-Management. It is based on the AMA session we had with Coach Cheenu G Srinivasan as part of the NICE Arohana 1 workshop series. Cheenu is a certified Leadership, Executive, and HappYness Coach with over 15,000 hours of coaching experience.
Cheenu is a NICE Friend and is part of the NICE community.
Leave cognitive dissonances and confirmation biases behind. What this means is to refrain from being dissonant about the actual truth.
This is a key step in practicing self-management.
Be open and energetic about change. It is imperative to instill these qualities in an entrepreneur. Trusting the process and being curious are useful traits to have.
Adapt to the changes. Try out new things. These help in challenging yourself to come out of the safe zone. Explore all options to decide the most optimum one for you.
A lot of us feel extremely defeated when we encounter unexpected failures. Assessing and learning from them is essential, but don’t let them define you as a person.
As a business professional, failure is a stepping stone to growth and success.
Stop saying, “I am a failure”. Start saying, “I have encountered a failure”.
Be resilient. Accept mistakes without feeling like it is the end of the world.
As an entrepreneur, there is an invisible amount of societal and family pressure that weighs on you. Don’t strive toward work-life balance. Enjoy the imperfections you encounter. Entrepreneurs, and women, in general, are in constant conflict.
Don’t hesitate to give yourself a 10 on days that you have given your best.
Maintain a journal. Use it to note down substantial goals, achievements, and moments of thankfulness.
Keep a tab of your progress as an entrepreneur. This exercise will help develop self-awareness and self-doubt, which are the stepping stones to self-management.
Actively look out for mentors or counselors. Professional self-management coaches help give tips and advice on how to tackle it in your day-to-day life. You might not agree with them on a certain day. You could feel the need to disregard their help and try to look at alternative ways of self-management.
Give them a fair chance to avoid prejudice. Everyone has bad days. You might get an entirely fresh perspective on the same topic if you try discussing it on a different day. Our approach to a problem changes based on our emotions and our experiences on that day.
Running a business requires a high amount of dedication, buoyancy, and patience.
As a cultural entrepreneur who is constantly striving to bring your product/service out to the world, hone these skills to help you succeed.
This is the right route to self-management.
Watch the full session here
Continue reading Part 3 – Self-Management Challenges – How to Stay Focused
If you missed reading the prev part, visit Part 1 – What is Self-Management and How Can You Improve it
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