We have all been there. It’s so easy for business owners to fall prey to negative thinking. It seems more difficult to find the positive under lining in a situation when the negative thoughts can so easily fill your mind. It’s important to work on the skill of staying positive. Many entrepreneurs have found success in utilizing the failures they experienced to thrust them upward. Take Frederick W. Smith for example, the founder of Fed-Ex. It was quite a process for what started as an idea to provide overnight delivery service, he was met by opposition and setbacks all along his journey. Over time it exploded into the company that it is today. What would have happened if he gave up and listened to the negativity? Likely someone else would have came along after him with the very same idea.
Many times it all starts with an idea, a need, a way to help someone else. Try and remember what it was that started you on your career journey and find that passion once again to overcome any obstacle put before you….and look at those obstacles as challenges. If we can retrain our minds to think positive rather than negative we have a start on the path to greatness! America needs to get back to what made us what we are….our optimism and ideals make this country great!
Here are some tips to retrain that negative voice in your head….
• Surround yourself with positive people. The ideas that can be shared between professionals is limitless!
• Make note of the positive things that have happened for you and keep that list in front of you. Recall what success felt like, so you stay motivated to feel it again.
• Find a symbol that keeps your eye on the goal and post it in your work space to serve as a constant reminder to stay positive in everything that you do.
• Focus on the opportunities that lie in front of you. Too often we think only about what we can’t do or our own limitations we set for ourself. Instead make a list of the opportunities that you do have and set mini goals to try and achieve 1 of those at a time. One step forward is better than two steps back.
• Try to picture yourself succeeding again. Any success you have had can be a catalyst for another. Always try to envision what success will feel like if it happens again. This will help keep you focused on the positive images rather than negative ones we create in our minds of failure.
• Lastly…never ever give up! Sometimes you are one failure away from a success and how would you ever know if you gave up too soon.