Having a positive mindset in business is more than just about smiling and looking cheerful. It's about an entrepreneur's overall perspective on business and life.
In today's article, I will define what a positive mindset or positive self-talk is, the different characteristics of a positive attitude, and a few tips on having a positive mindset.
Let's jump to it!
You know I like to start our blogs by defining essential terms. First, I would like to explain what a positive attitude is and what positive psychology is.
These terms are both significant in understanding what a positive mindset is all about.
According to Remez Sasson;
Positive attitude is a state of mind that envisions and expects favorable results. It is an attitude that helps you see the good in people. A positive attitude is a mindset that helps you see and recognize opportunities.
Now according to Kendra Cherry at Very Well Mind,
Positive psychology focuses more on what makes already-functional people thrive even more, rather than on fixing a problem that may be causing difficulties in someone’s life.
From these definitions, we can come up with a good description of a positive mindset;
A #PositiveMindset is a state of mind that focuses on the bright side, anticipates positive results, and deals with challenges in business, or life in general, with a positive outlook.
Having a positive mindset in both your personal and professional life will serve you well.
Wade Boggs once said,
A positive attitude causes a chain reaction of positive thoughts, events, and outcomes. It is a catalyst, and it sparks extraordinary results.
As business-minded people, we need a mindset that will help us become:
A positive mindset is essential in our day-to-day business operation. It can help bring better results. A positive mindset can make our employees happier and extremely satisfied.
Generally, having a positive mindset can help propel us to greater heights in our chosen industry, and give us a better quality of life.
With the said, it's time to talk about the different characteristics of a positive attitude.
Here are a few traits and characteristics associated with a positive mindset:
Optimism is about your willingness to make an effort and take a chance on your business instead of assuming your efforts won’t yield any rewards in the end.
Here are a few benefits of being optimistic:
Resilience is about getting back on your feet after facing serious difficulty, disappointment, and failure instead of quitting altogether.
Gratitude is about actively, continuously appreciating the great things happening in your business or life in general.
Here are a few tips to increase your feelings of gratitude:
Self-awareness is about continuously focusing your mind, so you are aware of your feelings, motives, and desires.
Responsibility is about being 100% accountable for all your actions and knowing that no one else can control your fate but you.
Now that we know the definition and its characteristics let me list a few useful tips on having and keeping a positive mindset.
Here we go!
"I am awesome!"
Tell yourself this every day, and your mindset will always be positive.
Positive affirmations are phrases which you repeat to yourself, which describe how you want to be.
Here are a few more examples:
Using positive self-talk gives you control of your mind and the information it receives. It lets you flood your mind with all things positive, which will change your life for the better!
How can you feel positive if all you think about is the negative? You can't. That's why positive self-talk and affirmations can help.
Speaking of affirmations, keeping a positive mind means always focusing on positivity.
The number one enemy of positivity is negative thoughts. If you let them creep in, then you are already losing.
In business, focus on positive things that are happening and don't dwell on the negative.
You can always find something positive to take away from every day.
For example, I had a horrible day yesterday. One thing after another went wrong, but I had some great conversations with a few potential new clients that allowed me to put a positive spin on the day.
In business or life in general, we must take it seriously but not too much!
Why? Because when we take life too seriously we:
But how do we not take life too seriously? Here are a few tips:
Speaking of not taking life too seriously, having a positive mindset is also about laughing when there’s a reason to laugh.
I want to make this section a little light. Here are a few ways to laugh more every single day:
You get the idea. Find the things in life that make you laugh and incorporate them into each day.
So, what makes you laugh?
It sounds like a broken record, but everyone makes mistakes.
To have a positive mind, one must learn from their mistakes and then move on.
Don’t dwell on your mistakes. Instead, learn from them and keep moving forward.
Here are some steps on how to learn from your mistakes:
Self-awareness is critical in achieving a positive mindset.
Self-awareness is about acknowledging what makes one’s identity unique. These unique components include thoughts, abilities, and experiences.
Self-awareness is the foundation of emotional intelligence or EQ.
The ability to monitor our emotions and thoughts regularly lets us:
Here are a few ways to develop self-awareness:
Being and staying in the present has been a struggle for many entrepreneurs over the years. I have a hard time with this too.
I know how difficult it is to stay in the present while managing a business.
Over the years, I have developed an attitude to help me stay in the present and to keep a positive mindset.
Positive people are happy people.
If you want to develop a positive mind, then you have to surround yourself with like-minded people.
It's easy to spot positive-minded people. Here are some common traits to look for:
Now let's look at how to surround yourself with positive-minded people:
In everything you do, be grateful and stop complaining.
Being grateful is a powerful element in keeping a positive mind. Without it, the word "positivity" won't exist.
Positivity is about being thankful to anyone every chance you get!
Check out this list of excellent tips on how to be grateful in business or life:
Charles Bukowski once said,
Some moments are nice, some are nicer, some are even worth writing about.
This quote is true when talking about success in business or life, but I'd like to add that even little achievements are worth writing about.
I am notoriously bad at recognizing my successes, especially the seemingly small, insignificant ones. The truth is, all your successes are significant, so take the time to acknowledge them.
If you recognize all your successes, both big and small, then you will have a positive mindset.
Are you feeling good right now? I hope so!
Remember that in the face of trouble, a positive mindset is your best asset. You can never go wrong with having one. You will find a positive mindset at the core of most successful business people.
If you need more resource about this great, don't forget to check out the recommended resources below.
Why You Need a Growth Mindset Badly
Effective Ways on How to Shift a Negative Mindset into Positive
30 Tips to Keep Yourself Positive as an Entrepreneur
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Tim Fitzpatrick is the President of Rialto Marketing. At Rialto Marketing, we help take the guesswork out of marketing so your small business can grow. Marketing your business shouldn't be a constant challenge. If you are ready to eliminate the uncertainty and confusion of marketing your business, we can help.