What do successful business owners have in common? Keeping a positive mindset. If you dwell on negativity, you’ll just discourage yourself and give up too soon. Staying positive will encourage you to keep going, and eventually succeed. Here are a few ways to turn from negative to positive and jump-start your success.
Positive affirmations. This idea operates under the concept that if you repeat something enough times, you’re eventually going to start believing that it’s true. While it can seem silly when you get started, it’s a proven method of changing your thought processes and giving you a better attitude.
There are a lot of different methods you can use for positive affirmations. A good one is to take time out of each day with a pencil and a piece of paper. Start by writing something positive about yourself. Be sure that what you write is about you, is good and affirming, and is in the present tense. You can continue by coming up with other phrases to say about yourself or by writing the same statement over and over. If you need some help in this area, there is a wealth of inspirational material on Pinterest.
To take this one step further, try writing your reactions to your statements next to them on the page. It doesn’t matter if your reactions are positive or negative. They just has to genuine. Eventually, you’ll see your reactions becoming more positive (or at least less negative). That helps you know that you exercises are working and changing your attitude about yourself.
Surround yourself with positive people. Did you know that you tend to resemble the people you spend the most time with? If you are constantly surrounded by negative people who only focus on the bad things, sooner or later so will you. In your personal and professional life, try to maintain relationships with positive, affirming people. Maybe they aren’t successful, but they look on the bright side and make themselves feel successful. Eventually, their good attitude will rub off on you.
Prayer and Meditation. If things aren’t going well for you, or you’re constantly surrounded by negative people and ideas, your mind is probably full negative thoughts. Clearing your mind of all the hassles can help you improve your mood. Prayer and meditation are a great way to accomplish this. This activity also can help you sleep better, feel better physically, relieve pain, and improve concentration.
Think about the big picture. Take a moment to think about why you’re doing what you’re doing. Is it to make money to buy your dream car, or is it to make enough to send your children to college? Are you concerned about retirement? Whatever it is, keeping your goals in mind will help motivate you to work harder and keep going. It will keep you thinking about the good things that will happen from your work instead of your current setbacks.
So how do you keep these goals in your mind? Visualize them. If you can picture them, they’ll be more real and tangible to you. To help you visualize, you may want to put visual aides in your work space. Find a free piece of wall space and put pictures of your goals in that space – whether it’s a picture of the car you want, the house you want, or even just a picture of your children.
Staying positive may be hard work but the payoff will come when you start to experience success.
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