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Building a positive mindset in your small business

2Running a small business and baring all its challenges, the dedication to make it work for you can only be fully understood by other small business owners. The world of self-employment, to be truly conquered, needs self-awareness, personal development skills as well as business related skills too. All successful business owners will agree that your mindset is more than half the campaign.

As a Business Coach and a practitioner of what I ‘preach’, on a weekly basis I will follow through with all of the following practices at some point or another: Affirmations, Reading, Meditation, Visualisation, Daily Accountability, Goal Setting, Positivity and Gratitude. It hasn’t always been like this for me; however, since practicing a more positive mindset the amount of business owners I work with has increased. A direct correlation between the two? I believe so…

Practice is the key to establish which ones work best for you and when. The aim is to incorporate them into your daily routine in order to make your daily life run more smoothly, feel happier, content and be more successful in what you do and who your reach with your lovely business. Some of the exercises take 2 minutes or less, some up to 20 minutes, overall the most time I would spend in an day would be 30 minutes, split across the day. In our busy lives who hasn’t always got space for 2 to 30 minutes? Stop surfing Facebook aimlessly and spend that time on increasing your happiness and productivity.

Practices of a business coach:

Here’s a quick rundown of what a business coach would do:

1.Daily Accountability:

Before you open your laptop write down the 3 most important tasks you want to complete that day in line with your business goals.

Time Required: 2 minutes
Result: Ensures you keep control of your day, not the other way around.


Write down a statement in the positive of the big thing you want to feel and/or achieve, stating it in the here and now, as if it has already happened. ‘I am achieving my goal of…’ Place it somewhere prominent and practice daily.

Time Required: 2 minutes
Result: Keeps your mind focused, positive for a more confident and in control you.


There are so many amazing, life and business changing books to be read (listened to) and just 10 minutes every day will have a big enough impact on you to mean habits will be changed for the positive forever.

Time Required: 10 minutes
Result: endless possibilities


Lots of different ways to practice, from shorts bursts of calm and tranquility to hour long focused practices. Find one to suit you and a 10 minute break from your busy life can be all you need to get re-energised, get your creative juices flowing or generally develop the space for calm and peace in your world.

Time Required: 10 minutes
Result: Energised, calm and focused.


When the chips are down, there are still so many things to be grateful and thankful for. Spending even a short amount of time in the positive thinking will increase your happiness and will make you more open and aware of opportunities. ‘I am happy and grateful for…’ Some days this can be a great cup of coffee, other days; an amazing new client with a great business who I can help achieve even more success’.

Time required: 2 minutes
Result: more fulfilment and happiness, open to more opportunities.

So, go and find at least 2 minutes in your day to focus on making yourself happier and more successful in your business…

Clare Whalley celebrated 10 years in business in 2017. A great milestone to achieve. She graduated with an International degree in English and Education and went into corporate life to pursue a career outside of teaching. Successfully passing a rigorous graduate scheme into a blue chip company; working in several positions across team management, customer service and sales roles. A working trip to India helped her decide to resign, retrain and set up her own coaching and training business.

Clare now lives in Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham with her two young children, Isabelle and James and her husband Rob.

Clare works with fellow business owners to help them create a business they love too. She uses strategies and tools which will help business owners get to the clients they love to work with, with more consistency and ease.

To find out more about my small business coaching programs click to download here or to have a chat with Clare to find out more about how coaching can help you and your business book in for a free one hour business strategy session