There is a lot of advice out there about what it takes to succeed in business, but there is one thing I find never fails: a positive attitude. By being present, surrounding yourself with positive people and leading with purpose, you can create an optimistic environment to guide your business to success.
Attitude is the key to maintaining a positive perspective. Tell yourself each morning that it's going to be a good workday--then follow through to give it your best! Every day is a new opportunity to enjoy yourself and remember you are living your dream of owning your own business. Think back to when your initial idea sparked to start your business. No matter what industry you're in, you started it because you're passionate about something. Don't let your daily routine and attitude get in the way of remembering why you first started your business.
Make a conscious decision that you're going to go into work every day and be present with whatever plans or obstacles come your way. Sometimes, keeping the same daily routine can make you feel like you're in a rut. Try changing up your routine by waking up a little earlier and taking a walk around the block, or try to avoid watching the news in the morning. Little changes can alter and even improve your entire perspective.
Build a Positive Culture
I'm sure you've heard this before: surround yourself with people who inspire you. This stands true for both friends and coworkers. At work when you're surrounded with stressful tasks and long hours, you need people around you who will support you and make things easier. They should be driven and their passions should align with yours. Your coworkers and employees must understand and be advocates of your business's very foundation.
Also make sure your employees are trained. Sure, they may know how to do their job, but are they prepared to represent as the face of your company? As a small business, your employees frequently interact with customers. They must be capable of speaking positively and confidently about your company and if they're prepared, the shared passion for your business will shine through your employees and be transparent to your customers.
Lead with Purpose
It's no surprise that happiness and productivity is higher for employees when their leaders show strong morals, a clear vision and commitment. Set an example for employees by leading with a purpose. Show employees that your focus is on long-term goals and that your decision making revolves around your company's core values, instead of the bottom line. By doing this you'll attract and retain positive employees that truly believe in your company.
In fact, a recent Gallop poll shows that out of more than 100 million full-time employees that make up the American workforce, only one-third are actually engaged at work. It all boils down to the company culture and workplace environment.
It may seem like a small thing, but having a positive attitude can make all the difference when running your business.