THE RIGHT ATTITUDE DOES MAKE A DIFFERENCE
Robert Schuller differentiates between the optimist and the pessimist. The pessimist says, “I’ll believe it when I see it.” The optimist says, “I’ll see it when I believe it.” The optimist takes action – the pessimist takes a seat. The person who is doing his best and is making a contribution is optimistic and confident because he is personally working on the solution.
The attitude of the business owner is the “little thing” that makes a big difference between success and failure. The attitude or mindset that a small business owner has is something that cannot be acquired in a class room. Mindset refers to the window through which you, as a small business owner, look at the world. It encompasses everything in your life, both family and business because your perception carries on the same for both.
Building a small business is difficult and full of challenges. You may get so angry and frustrated that you want to quit. This is the point where the business either becomes one of the 10% of small business that survives and grows or joins the 90% majority as failures. You must have the belief and conviction that you will succeed in order to move forward.
Like everything else in the world of small business, a positive attitude is something that has to be constantly worked at; it won’t happen overnight. There is no magic formula for developing the right mindset needed to reach profitability and sustainability, but there are a few things that will help you get there.
- Choose to be positive. In every difficult situation there is a positive lesson.
- Quickly move on to something else; don’t dwell on the negative situation.
- Avoid the company of negative people be they friends, relatives or other business acquaintances.
- Reach out to your mentor or support team.
- Establish a system of rewards for yourself when you reach a goal. Always celebrate all success, however small.
I am reminded of my definition of character: “The ability to carry on after the mood has left you.” In other words, work through your difficult situations and know that that there is a rainbow at the end of the walk.
CHOOSE TO BE POSITIVE!
Tips & Advice by Nick Petra – CFP, Mentor, and Founder of StrategicDuck and BizQuack
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