Young entrepreneurs and students of entrepreneurship must ask themselves mindfulness questions to build self-awareness and awareness of the world around them. An entrepreneur is never too young to benefit from metacognitive insights. Mindfulness questions help entrepreneurs progress personally and with their business planning process. In order to achieve a successful startup entrepreneurs must ask mindful questions and use the insights to help set goals, execute, and achieve success.
Mindfulness is being aware of yourself and the world around you. Mindful entrepreneurs pay attention to their own thoughts and what they are experiencing right now.
Successful entrepreneurs then use those learnings to innovate and create solutions.
Sit still for a moment. Close your eyes. Describe what you are experiencing.
Can you hear people talking? Is music playing? Is it soothing or empowering or just kind of there. Do you think it’s influencing your mood at all? How do you feel today? Are there thoughts in your head? What are they?
As you think this through, you become more aware of the world around you and within you.
When you practice mindfulness you are not thinking about the past and future. You are concerned with this very moment.
No worries! Your entrepreneurial solutions will be part of your future though!
The purpose of mindfulness is to better understand yourself and gain metacognitive insights.
The experience allows us the opportunity to look at ourselves openly and with more compassion.
Let me ask… Do you often feel judged?
Do you do judge yourself too?
Well this is NOT one of those times! Mindfulness is about positivity. And positivity ONLY.
Mindful techniques help us understand ourselves better and offer us learnings that help us make decisions, spark new ideas, and influence our actions – our next steps.
Many entrepreneurs constantly dwelling on the past while also constantly thinking about the future! When it comes to mindfulness, you’ve got to change things up a bit and be open to the present. It’s crucial to focus on now.
Entrepreneurs benefit from mindfulness.
- Mindfulness helps us gain metacognitive insights.
- Mindful insights enhances peak brain performance.
- The process allows the voice in your head to be heard and heard without judgment.
How to become more mindful.
Consider the questions below when you can be still and actually think without interruption or distraction.
I know, I know. You’re constantly on the run!
Typical entrepreneurs aren’t used to being still! In this case though, you’ll need to!
— Consider them during meditation, yoga, while doing breathing exercises or stretching.
— Consider them while coloring or sketching or simply considering your view.
— Capture your thoughts while journaling or creating your next post.
Use your learnings to execute any or all of the following!
- Create your morning mantra.
- Write affirmations.
- Use during meditation.
- While manifesting your future.
- Craft your vision board.
- Help make motivational quotes actually empowering and something you use.
- Select music that inspires, energizes, or calms you.
- Improve your study routine.
It’s about unparalleled personal growth!
Mindful questions that prepare you to become an entrepreneur!
What is going on around you?
- What do I hear when I close my eyes and remain still? What else?
- What do I feel on my skin? (hopefully not bugs!)
- What is the temperature like? Does it affect my ability to concentrate?
- Do I smell anything right now?
- Am I distracted? Is this exercise crazy hard or easy peasy?
- What does mindfulness mean to me?
- How do I think it will help me with my life?
- How do I think being mindful will help me with my business?
Let’s talk about you.
- How do I feel today? Why do I feel that way?
- What do I like most about me?
- What do I do really, really well?
- What 3 things do I like most about myself?
- Why do I like these 3 things about myself
- What 3 words best describe me? Why?
- What do I love most about myself?
- What is the best thing that has ever happened to me?
- What is one thing I’m thankful for in my life? Why?
Describe things to yourself using at least 3 adjectives or sentences.
- What does a tree feel like when I touch its bark?
- What about when I walk on grass with no shoes or socks?
- Describe the taste of my favorite food.
- What makes me feel safe? Why? What can I do to make other people feel that way too?
- If I could be anywhere right now, where would it be? What does it look like there? What would I be doing if I was there?
The startup phase is especially tough.
You cannot start a business without a network or mentors, expertise, metacognitive awareness of why you do what you do and an awareness of the world around you.
As simple as these questions are, they are mindful. They create your foundation.
- What did you do after your classes?
- After your classes, did you decide to do just for fun today?
- What else did you do today?
- What as the most fun today?
Insight: More often than not, when someone asks what we did today? We say, “nothing?”
Reflect. It really wasn’t nothing.
A lot happened today. A lot will happen tomorrow, so think about what you did and then how it made you feel.
Being conscious about it will help you take more determined actions tomorrow. It may not seem to matter now, but when it’s a test week, time for finals or you are working your business, you want strength in this area, so you are effective and efficient.
Ask yourself how you feel.
- What do Ilike about being alive? How does that make me feel?
- What does it feel like when someone smiles at me?
- What does it feel like when I’m happy?
- What does it feel like when I’m bored?
- How do you know when I’m hungry vs. just eating because I’m bored? How do I feel inside?
- What upsets me? When do these feelings arise, and what are they usually about? How does that make me feel?
- What do I do when I get angry? How does that make me feel?
Ask yourself “why?”
- What do I like most about your family? Why?
- If you could have any animal as a pet, what would it be? Why?
- What are my favorite types of movies? Why?
- What is one thing that you could do to make the school a better place? Why?
- What matters the most to me? Why?
More, but on a more difficult topic
- What makes me feel sad?
- How can I be kinder to myself?
- How can I be kinder to others?
- Like whom? Name 3 people and how I can be kinder to them.
- When was the last time that I was mad at someone? Do I need to fix it?
- When was the last time that someone was mad at you? Are we okay now?
- When was the last time that you felt anxious? What caused it?
- What does it feel like when someone is mad at me or says something mean?
Insight: Remember, this isn’t about solving the problem. Being mindful is about being present in the moment. The goal right now is to become more self-aware and less reactive.
Of course you will want to resolve these situations, but this step is about calming yourself. Not self-soothing, but calming your anxiety by realizing what drove it and the present situation.
These questions may seem just personal and unrelated to business, but the better you are at handling these thought processes now, the better you will respond to product delays and unreasonable customers!
And more – ending on a positive.
- What 3 things make me happy right now?
- What emotions do I feel right now?
- What are the things that make me happy other times?
- How do I spend most of my time?
- What was my favorite part of today?
- What did I learn today? (Hint: The answer is not “nothing.”)
- What accomplishments am I most proud of?
- Name 2 accomplishments from today.
- How did I celebrate today’s accomplishments today?
- What motivates me to do my very best?
- How often do I feel proud of myself? How can I increase this?
- What’s do I want to learn to do well – like really well?
- What am I already doing that’s preparing me or is similar? Do I find it interesting?
- What do I love doing the most? Why?
- What do I see myself doing in 5 years from now?
- How about in 10 years? Where will I be? Is what I’m doing now going to get me there?
- What do I want to do when I grow up? It’s in the future, but what is my current thought?
- “Believe in your idea,” they said. Do I?
- What skills am I building now that will help my chances of success?
- Even at my age I have a track record that’s impressive. How will that help me as a leader?
- I’m inexperienced but I have a clear vision and a certain uniqueness. What do I know so far?
- Am I ready to wear many hats? Is that an exciting idea?
Give yourself a break, too. You’re just learning about business goals and your ability to execute against them. You do not likely have a business model yet and may not be invested heavily because of school. That’s totally fine.
The skills you are building are likely all transferable – at least the lessons will be. A visionary starts with innovative ideas and creative solutions and business success comes after long hours of determining, planning, and building.
Focus on the right priorities and hustle. Be willing to listen to others – and yourself. Start with mindfulness.
Mindfulness is the awareness of what’s going on inside you and all around you. Young entrepreneurs and students of entrepreneurship are natural explorers. You have probably recognized your amazing ability to focus.
The purpose of the questions we listed is not to offer you the solution, but to raise your awareness, so you can then take that knowledge a step further and create your solutions. Your solutions become part of your planning process.
Though these questions are personal, these same learnings and processes will carry over to your business and how you lead, create processes that work, how you schedule your time and work with others.
These learnings don’t go to waste!
As adults, we tend to become more distracted, so what you have is truly a gift worth keeping. Continue to be more present in your own life. Stay connected with your thoughts and what’s happening around you.
It’s in your best interest to gain those metacognitive insights and use them to your advantage. Your awareness, especially your self-awareness, will help you concentrate more, make sound decisions, and improve your actions and reactions.
Your business will thank you. You got this.