Why entrepreneurs need a positive attitude
One of my entrepreneurial friends made an interesting statement: Entrepreneurs eat what we kill. This means to me that — like successful hunters — entrepreneurs need to be positive, focused and patient.
So exactly how can entrepreneurs stay focused and have a positive attitude? This is challenging. Focus is hard when our days are filled with an endless stream of texts, email and social media posts. And being positive is tough with a 24/7 news cycle that highlights the worst of the world.
7 ways that entrepreneurs can maintain a positive attitude
- Recognize your tolerance for negativity. You may be someone who enjoys having a TV news channel on while you work. That’s fine. I am a very sensitive person and get deeply troubled by the news. I know this about myself and do not check the news until after work. Recently I stopped watching a popular Netflix show – Orange is the New Black – because I recognized that it was making me sad. Be aware of how negativity affects you and set limits accordingly.
- Have positive pick-me-ups. Once a month, I prepare a month’s worth of daily inspirational quotes for my Serene Solopreneur Facebook group. I’m always amazed at how these lift my spirits! Create your own tool box of positivity. This may be quotes, podcasts, music, inspirational books, or TED Talks. Have these pick-me-ups close by and use them when needed. Better yet, start your day with something inspirational and you’ll be off in a positive direction.
- Be empowered. It’s easy to feel powerless because there’s a lot wrong in the world! Choose something you feel passionate about and take action. Donate to a cause that’s important to you. Volunteer to make phone calls for a political campaign. Create a piece of artwork that speaks to your beliefs and share it on social media. Find a do-able action and take it.
- Take care of yourself. You are the most important asset in your business. You need to take care of your physical, emotional and spiritual needs – or you will burn out and be of no help to anyone. Good nutrition, enough sleep, exercise, recovery time, and meditation are all important ways to calm your mind and stay focused.
- Be grateful. It’s so easy to focus on the negatives in our business, our relationships, and our political system. Balance this with a practice of gratitude. Before you go to sleep at night, write down five things that you are grateful for. Remind yourself why you love your family, your friends, your business, and your community.
- Take a media break. I have made deliberate changes in my media consumption in order to maintain a positive focus. Rather than beginning the day by reading the news, I now check the CNN website when I’m finished work at 5:00 PM. Then I’m done for the day. I know that being outraged starts a whole cascade of stress hormones – including cortisol – that reduces my ability to focus on my work (or my home life). Many of my entrepreneur colleagues plan an unplugged day every week where they don’t check any of their devices.
- Do something joyful. Make time to experience joy in your life. Buy your favorite flavor of ice cream. Take your children to the beach. Get together with friends. Spend time enjoying a hobby. Stay in your PJ’s all day and watch Netflix (or read a book). It’s amazing how this replenishes your enthusiasm and changes your perspective.
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About the Solopreneur Academy
Sue Allen Clayton is the author of Solopreneur Success: How to Plan, Create and Run a One-Person Business. She is Founder of the Solopreneur Academy which provides online education and encouragement to female solo business owners. Members of the Solopreneur Academy enjoy daily interaction in our private Facebook group, as well as monthly events including Master Classes, Book Club, Mindset Monday, Get It Done Day, and group coaching. You can learn more about Sue Allen Clayton at SueAllenClayton.com. You can also check out our YouTube channel for videos about starting, growing and thriving in your solo business.