What Do You Choose to Believe? What’s the Truth?
You are a small business owner dealing with a recession. There are fewer employees (if any) doing more work (including yourself) for less money. It’s getting harder and harder to find business and you are wondering if you’ve made the right decisions. The only thing keeping you from throwing in the towel and looking for a “real” job is the fact that you keep hearing how there is no work available anyway. Amidst all this, people keep telling you to stay positive! Who are they kidding and what fantasy world do they live in?
As difficult as it seems, maintaining a positive attitude may be the best thing you can do for your business. Here’s why:
- People like to do business with people that seem happy.
- People don’t like to do business with people that complain.
- People (customers) are attracted to businesses that exude confidence and security.
- When you are maintaining a positive attitude, you will provide better customer service.
- A positive attitude will help you to attract more opportunity.
- Staying positive allows you to be more open for problem solving and overcoming challenges.
- A positive attitude will help you through the “failures” in order to reach your ultimate success.
Most business owners I have worked with in my coaching practice have doubt and anxiety about their future. They wonder if they are truly capable of accomplishing their dreams, especially during these challenging times. This doubt turns into blaming, justifying and complaining because they lack the understanding of where their thoughts will lead them.
Make a Change
The first step to overcome these negative thoughts is to realize that, even if you have those thoughts, they aren’t always true. Here’s an example. If you are red color blind, you may truly think that an apple is really grey. However, you can believe that it is red knowing that this is the truth no matter what your mind is telling you. A negative thought is no different. There is a mechanism within your mind that creates the negative thought but it is your choice to believe it or have faith that the opposite is true despite your thoughts.
The next time you think there isn’t enough business out there or that our current government isn’t doing enough to reverse the economic recession or that you aren’t a good enough business person, choose to acknowledge those thoughts and then let them go. Much like the whiny toddler, those thoughts just want a moment of your attention. Once they’ve gotten that, they tend to wander off. Use a little redirection by giving them a polite nod and then refocusing your mind on what you truly want to focus on.
This is an exercise that takes practice. It often helps to have some extra help to keep you focused on the right path. If you struggle to stay positive in your business, consider checking out our coaching packages that may help you.