Practical Ways to Build A Stronger Mindset

8 Practical Ways to Build A Stronger Mindset

By Carissa Reiniger
The Hartford Small Biz Ahead | Originally published: May 5, 2021
Updated: December 4, 2023

The current crisis is affecting people differently. Many of us are working to manage our mental health as we practice social distancing and deal with the uncertainty we face. Many small businesses had to permanently close their doors, while others who are still fighting hard to stay open are constantly faced with new challenges each day. Now more than ever, it is crucial that we talk openly about mental health and how a strong mindset is at the base of dealing with these unprecedented times and coming out of it stronger.

Talk to almost any successful business owner and ask them what they credit their success to – it is never how smart they are, how charming they are or how big their vision is. It is, instead, about how disciplined they are in their daily routines, how they have built up their tenacity and resilience to face challenges, and how fast they can get back on track when they inevitably get stuck.

Before we get into practical tips and best practices to building a stronger mindset, let’s talk about getting unstuck for those of you who feel like things are just not quite right at the moment.

“Getting Unstuck” is a skill that you can learn to manage better the ups-downs-and-arounds of being a small business owner. Carissa Reiniger, founder and CEO of Small Business Silver Lining, walks you through the Four Stages of Stuck and explains in detail how to quickly identify when you are “Stuck,” and talks about the right actions to take to “Get Unstuck.”

If you would like to learn about other powerful ways of building and keeping a stronger mindset like meditation, nutrition and health, how to better connect with your body, and identify and explore ways to prevent burnout, Silver Lining has gathered experts in each of those topics and recorded talking sessions.

Now, let’s talk about practical ways to start building a stronger mindset today. Below are eight actions you can take and introduce in your routine right away to help you build, maintain and keep a strong mindset.

1. Do a Calendar Audit

To protect one of your most precious resources as a small business owner, you need to be able to say yes to the right things and no to the wrong ones. Go through your calendar and (truthfully!) analyze where your time is going. Cut out at least 20% of the non-priority items and restructure it for flow.

2. Add Movement to Life

Decide what type of movement works for you, update your calendar, build accountability, and start moving. It might sound like old news, but it is impossible to keep a strong mindset without adding some form of physical activity into your schedule to keep your body healthy.

3. Post It

Psychology says that the more you see your goals and meditate/focus on them, the higher your chance of hitting them is. It is a fun and easy way to strengthen your mindset by putting your goals front and center to see them all over the place as you go about your daily routine…[MORE]


To read the entire article by Carissa Reiniger at The Hartford Small Biz Ahead website, visit: 8 Practical Ways to Build A Stronger Mindset