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The Positive Professional

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Running a small business can be an exciting and rewarding venture, but it can also be stressful, tiring and discouraging. How do you stay positive and help everyone else who works with you keep encouraged? 

It’s All About Attitude

Your attitude determines how you respond, whether positively or negatively, to events and situations in personal life and work. Your first responses can further affect your outlook on life and order your actions down the road. What are some ways you can intentionally adjust your attitude to affect a professional positivity that influences better outcomes for your business? 

  • Manage your motives – What are your goals and what motivates you to action? Understanding what you currently want can shed insight to why you react the way you do. If your reactions are negative, then perhaps you need to reconsider your motives. 
  • Open to change – Setting goals shouldn’t mean they can only be reached in one way. Listen to people you trust around you for many ideas. When life throws you a curveball, evaluate the situation to see if there is a new or better way to reach that goal, or decide if that was a useful goal to begin with. Stay creative and flexible.
  • Go big- don’t go home – If you dream small, you cannot make it big. If you dream big, you have at least a chance of going beyond boundaries. Keep thinking how you can push the envelope to go a bit farther. Don’t let seeming obstacles cut your innovation or hope short. Stay bold and act on your inspiration. Don’t wait for it to wane.
  • Be deliberate and proactive – Think ahead of things that could go wrong and plan for them. Don’t get complacent or expect things to happen without you consciously deciding to take action to go forward.  Don’t wait or just react to changes. Anticipate them, have a plan, and step to the plate. 
  • Don’t fear failure – Anticipate solutions, and determine to make that mistake only once. If something bad happens, embrace the lesson and learn from it. Go in knowing you can succeed two ways: by reaching that goal or by learning from the mistake. Win-win must be your expectation. Consider what the worst thing that could happen would be and decide if you could live with that. Think of contingencies to deal with worst-case scenarios to take the sting of anxiety or fear from them. 

Remember that being in business is only part of who you are. Start out learning how to be a generally happy person so that it can translate into every aspect of your life, including your business. You might end up changing your life and the lives of those around you for the better. 

Posted on March 24th, 2020 by Client Advocate Team

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