Let’s face it: it’s easy to stay positive when things are going well. When your business is moving forward, your profit is increasing and your team is excelling, you are fired up. The fact that we are succeeding and meeting our goals only drives us forward and we stay positive about our careers and business.
But, it’s not so easy to stay positive when challenges arise, business is slow or our team isn’t performing to its fullest potential. Positivity is a powerful trait and when you can stay positive, even during challenges, your business will come through stronger and even better than before.
Positivity and Patience
We’ve all heard the phrase “Rome wasn’t built in a day.” This means it takes time, hard work and most of all, patience to do something important and worthwhile. In fact, most good things take time.
Being patient is a passive activity. It simply means waiting for something to happen. But, positive patience requires you to be proactive. It requires you to work toward goals while you give your team and business time to meet them.
Businesses don’t grow overnight. It takes time for them to bring in a profit and work like a well-oiled machine that is reliable, efficient and something that can help you live the dream lifestyle of working less and earning more.
When you recognize that reaching your goals will take positive patience as you accomplish all the small tasks that lead to success, you will stay energetic and be motivated enough to give your business your all.
Habits for a Positive Attitude
So how do you cultivate this positive attitude? Recognizing that you need to be positive and patient while you strive to meet your goals and your business grows is only the first step. To stay positive you need to adopt some habits.
Assume the Best is About to Happen
Positive people live with the attitude that the best is yet to happen. They assume work projects will be successful, they will reach their goals and that things will go smoothly.
Try to catch yourself when you start to entertain negative thoughts and turn them around to assume that good things will happen.
Let Opportunities Overshadow Problems
One way to stop those negative thoughts in their tracks is to let opportunities overshadow problems. Instead of looking at challenges, problems, issues and barriers as the end of the road, look at them as opportunities.
In many cases, challenging circumstances can help you grow, bring out the best in your team and help you come up with creative solutions that have long-term benefits for your business.
Keep a “Good Things” List
Don’t dwell on the negative. To keep yourself in a positive mindset, keep a “good things” list. Every day, take just a few minutes to write down what you accomplished, the good things that happened and some notes on how your business is growing.
Make it a habit to review this list often so the good things that happen to your business stay in the forefront of your mind. It’s too easy to let the negative things take over and the positive things slip through the cracks.
When you combine positivity with patience, hard work and determination, you have the formula for a success secret that can help your business accomplish virtually anything.
I work with small business owners to help them establish business plans and goals that will help them strategically work toward growth and success. If you are interested in creating this kind of plan for your business and learning how you can increase your income, contact me.