When you look at your business to-do list what does the little voice in your head say? Does it go down through the list and point out the things that you can’t get done today? Are there excuses running through your thoughts as to why things can’t be done. Maybe you tell yourself you don’t have time. Maybe it’s the right software or equipment. Perhaps you shake your head because you haven’t been able to reach the right person.
Do you see a common thread? All of these excuses focus on the negative. So right out of the gate you’re taking a negative view of your list. I’d be willing to bet that after reading through and coming up with all of those excuses you’re already feeling tired aren’t you? Do you know why?
Focusing on the negative will drain your energy twice as fast as being positive will.
Have you ever noticed that when you have a disagreement with someone you feel exhausted afterward? The same goes for worrying about something. It just leaves you completely drained doesn’t it?
Now let’s talk about how negative creeps into our businesses. Perhaps you’re struggling to land clients. You start feeling desperate and your thoughts are constantly on not getting clients. In your desperation you start complaining to others about how difficult it has been, and it seems to get even harder to make connections until every day you wake up thinking that perhaps you just can’t do it anymore. All of this is the result of negative thinking. In the case of your business, not only does it leave you tired, it also creates a roadblock that keeps you from finding clients.
It’s true.The power of being positive is not a woo-woo magical fairy tale. Click To TweetIt’s a scientifically proven fact that having a positive attitude has a very real effect on not only your business, but your entire life.
Doctors have known for decades that individuals facing life threatening illness have a better chance of surviving if they believe they will. Likewise, some of the most successful business people in the world will tell you that they reached their level of success because they believed they could.
Positive attitude is the secret to success, wellness and happiness. It sounds so simple. Sadly, it’s not simple at all. Remember when I mentioned how drained negative thoughts and events make us? That’s because negative emotions and thoughts are much more intense, grabbing our attention much easier than subtler positive thoughts and emotions. Adopting a positive attitude requires focus and cultivation.
Kind of like a garden.
If you’ve ever grown a garden, you know that weeds pop up everywhere. You don’t plant them, they just appear. If left unchecked, they will quickly crowd out the items you did plant until the things you planted wither and die. In order to grow the things that you want in your garden you have to do some weeding. You also have to feed and water your seedlings.
Negative thoughts and emotions are just like weeds. They’ll pop up everywhere. Positive thoughts and emotions require conscious planting, feeding and watering. Just as you choose to plant certain things in a garden and care for them until they provide you with a full grown plant, you have to cultivate a positive attitude the same way.
If you’re not happy with the way business is going, check your attitude. Are you focusing on the negative? Maybe you think you have a positive attitude but in reality the negative ‘weeds’ are crowding out the positive growth. Take the time today to start cultivating a positive attitude in your business (and life!).
Additional resources to help you cultivate a positive attitude:
Jeffrey Gitomer’s Little Gold Book of Yes! Attitude
Flex Your Face Daily Flex Talks
Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill