By: Annie Pilon
Running a business is hard. So staying positive as an entrepreneur isn’t always easy. But there are some things you can do to improve your mindset and stay positive while running a business. Here are 30 simple tips.
How to Stay Positive at Work as an Entrpreneur
Remember Your Purpose
When you get negative thoughts as an entrepreneur, they tend to distract you from your main purpose. So if you can really focus back on that purpose, it can help you put things in perspective and realize that some of those concerns or issues aren’t as devastating as you previously thought.
Change Your Focus
Or you could take a different approach and simply shift your focus for a short time. If a certain task or direction just isn’t working for you, try a new one and it could improve your outlook.
Look at Your Goals
You can also get some of your focus back and improve your outlook by simply looking back at some of your main goals for your business. So keep them written down somewhere and bring them out when you need an extra boost.
Talk to a Mentor
Having a business mentor who has been through tough times and knows how to get through them can be invaluable during your inevitable business struggles.
Take a Break from Social Media
Social media can be a great tool. But it can also lead some entrepreneurs into the comparison trap. So if you find yourself constantly using social media to compare your progress to that of other businesses, you may need to take a break from it.
See Others as Motivational
Or you could use the opportunity to see the success of other entrepreneurs as a motivating factor instead. Look at their success and see that it is possible and then use that to push your business to the next level.
Look Back at Your Progress
Looking back at your own business on occasion can also be a motivating factor. If you’re able to see how far you’ve come, it can change your mindset going forward.
Move On from Failure
However, it’s not always a great idea to dwell on the past. When you experience failure, which is inevitable, you need to find a way to move onto the next task quickly instead of letting the failure ruin your mindset.
Write Down What You Learned
One easy way you can put failure in perspective is to write down some lessons you learned from the experience. This can show you that even though you failed, you did gain something. And it can also help you continue moving forward.
Spend Time with Loved Ones
Starting a business can take up a lot of time and energy. But it’s a good idea to regularly step back and remember the reasons you started in the first place. So spend time with your family and other loved ones regularly to improve your mindset and stay positive.
Talk to Your Team
Your team members can also help you potentially break out of a negative funk. Talk to them about ideas for the business along with their personal and professional goals.
Talk to Your Customers
You can also reach out to your customers from time to time to see how they’ve been affected by your business and remind yourself why you do what you do.
Do the Hardest Work First
If your negative outlook can be attributed to overwhelm, then sometimes the best thing you can do is just get the work done. Focus on the most difficult tasks first so that you can get them out of the way and reduce your overwhelm quickly.
Appreciate Your Freedom
Being an entrepreneur means that you’re the boss. That doesn’t mean you can necessarily do whatever you want all the time. But you do get some freedom. So realizing that can really help you stay positive during difficult times.
Make a Plan
Negativity and overwhelm can sometimes also be attributed to a lack of direction. If this is the case for you, then you need to sit down and actually map out a plan for the next few months or years of your business. Having even a general idea where you’re going can really be a benefit.
Take a Break
Or you might just need to step back for a little bit to refocus. Take a short vacation or just simply unplug for a long weekend.
When you do get things accomplished in your business, it’s important to celebrate that in some way. Map out a small rewards system for yourself to stay motivated and positive during the daily grind.
Reward Your Team
You can also apply a similar awards system to your team. Keeping them motivated and happy can improve the overall mood around your office and keep everyone at your business more positive.
Make a Game of It
You can even appy some gaming theory to getting things done. Create a points system for larger tasks or spur some friendly competition between coworkers to keep everyone motivated and engaged.
Get Some Exercise
Regular exercise gives you endorphins, which can help you stay positive on a daily basis. So even short bursts of exercise a few times a week can make a big difference.
Connect with Other Entrepreneurs
Sharing the struggles of entrepreneurship can be a good way to clear your mind and move forward. But talking to your family and friends about those struggles might not have the same effect as talking to someone who can really relate. So find some other entrepreneurs to connect with, either in your local community or online.
Write Down What You’re Thankful For
Along with the struggles, there are plenty of great things to be thankful for when it comes to running a business. So instead of just forgetting those positives and dwelling on what needs to be done, take a moment out of your day and write down some things you have to be thankful for.
You can also show that gratitude to others by simply saying “thank you” or writing short thank you notes.
Try Out Meditation
Meditation can be another way to sort of clear your mind and stay focused on the positives throughout your day.
Use Daily Affirmations
Or you can try a more vocal approach like daily affirmations. State positive things about yourself, and the positive attitude could follow.
Seek Out Inspiration
If you’re feeling uninspired in your business, just waiting around for inspiration to strike can seem like a lifetime. So seek out some inspiration through reading, going outdoors or even browsing sites like Pinterest.
Get Some Hobbies
Having some hobbies outside of work can also help you stay positive and inspired on a regular basis.
You can also choose to expand your mind through regular training or education programs, which can lead to new ideas and motivation.
Remind Yourself What Make You Happy
No matter how many great habits you build around your business, there are going to be times when you feel a little down. So it can be a good idea to have a folder on your computer or even a physical list or scrapbook that you can pull out during those tough times to remind yourself of what makes you happy.
Visualize Your Goals
You can also regularly remind yourself of your main goals by keeping them visible in your work space. Create a list or post them on a board in your office so you’re constantly reminded why you’re doing what you do.