One of the most important steps you can take toward achieving your greatest potential in business is to learn to monitor your attitude and its impact on your work performance, relationships and everyone around you.
We all have a choice. We can choose an inner dialogue of self-encouragement and self-motivation, or we can choose one of self-defeat and self-pity. It's a power we all have.
Being in business is very similar to going on a roller coaster ride, there will be plenty of ups and downs. We will all encounter hard times, heartache, success, failure etc.
The key is to realize it's not what happens to you that matters; it's how you choose to respond.
Will you choose to be bitter or better?
Your attitude rubs off on your existing and potential customers, your staff, your suppliers, your investors and all those that you come into contact with.
If you maintain a positive attitude, this will be infectious and those around you will pick up on your positive energy. Everyone in your company will feel positive and customers will want to do business with you.
This in turn will lead to you maximizing the performance of your business. If you maintain a negative attitude, the opposite is likely to happen.
People will not want to be around you, your staff will feel demotivated and customers will not want to buy from you. The result will be that the performance of your business will deteriorate.
With a positive approach you will feel in control and confident and you will perform at your best, whereas a negative approach will damage confidence, harm performance, paralyze your mental skills and may also impact your health.
Ask anyone in my network and they will tell you that I'm one of the most positive people they know. But it's not always like that, I also have moments where I feel overwhelmed, frustrated, angry or even disappointed. So how do I pick myself back up after a hard day or bad experience?
Before I start any business, I go away by myself for 3-4 days and disconnect from the rest of the world. I then spend majority of my time unwinding and doing activities that relax both my mind and body to get into a peaceful state before I work on my mission and vision for the business.
On the last day of my trip I get up very early, go to a nice lookout and ask myself one question:
What are 65 reasons why I must succeed in this business?
Why do I do this? Well, it helps me create a compelling future and connects my desires and goals as an entrepreneur to the mission of my company.
I then take a picture of these reasons and post them up on the wall at the office or save it in my phone so that any time I'm hit with a hurdle I can look back at the reasons why I started the business in the future
This usually breaks me out of my state very quickly, which allows me to take away the lessons I need to learn from that experience and get back to doing what I love: Business.
By the way, I choose 65 reasons because it's tough, period! Most people (I included) can easily come up with 10,20 or even 30 reasons, given they are usually surface level reasons for achieving success
Things like. I want the business to succeed so I can buy a nice car, travel the world, buy a big house etc. Whilst they are all valid reasons, they won't pull you through the tough and challenging times in business.
Your reasons for success need to be much bigger then the materialistic objects, they need to include things like: how your going to transform the industry, the millions of lives that are going to be impact by your service or product etc
When you write down and look at these reason throughout the good and tough times in business you are consistently reminded of why you got into business in the first place and be inspired to take action going forward.
Now this is one way to deal with it, to give you a few more perspectives on techniques other business owners use to maintain a winner attitude I decided to reach out to a few other entrepreneurs.
"The best leaders are the best learners. To maintain my winner's attitude I challenge myself to learn something new every day. I seek feedback from others and use what I hear to find new opportunities to grow and improve." -- Evans Kerrigan, Integris Performance Advisors
"Each week I think about my roles; partner, father/son, friend, business developer, business leader and financial investor, and write brief notes on things I'll focus on and do each week in all areas.
That way if an area isn't working so well, you're usually winning in others and this contributes to an overall positive and resilient attitude to life in general." -- Greg Evans, V8 Race
"A positive and forward-looking mindset is a muscle that needs to be exercised every day. One way I do this is by exposing myself to the thoughts and ideas of successful entrepreneurs through articles, books, and podcasts.
This inspires me to stay focused on the bigger picture and the positive aspects of my business as well as help me avoid the pitfall of negative self-talk." -- Joel Carney, CareerHMO
"I surround myself with positive, driven and like-minded people. I do this by attending networking functions, attending business events and having a mentor who I can turn to when I need help with the strategic direction of my company." -- Oksana Koriakova, Impero
I believe that success is made from a number of factors: positive thinking, passion, persistence, experiencing adversity, and good ideas that solve problems in easy ways.
When I launched Linkfluencer I never did it to make money, but rather to add value to people's lives and transform how business owners market themselves. What's your WHY?
I'm curious to know, what's one strategy you use to create a winners attitude in business. And how do you typically deal and manage your mindset in business and life in general?