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Nine tips to retain your positivity

 
Keeping a business running and growing is a tough job, one that is full of challenges and stressful days. To cope with these ups and downs, it is crucial that an entrepreneur maintain a positive attitude towards business, and life in general.

SupportBiz presents some tips for you, as an entrepreneur, to stay positive.

Discuss

If you are frustrated with the negative attitude of a business partner, colleague, friend or family member, it is a good idea to discuss about this with them. Point out to them that their negativity is doing you harm. Explain how your business is important to you, how you intend to grow it, and how the other person’s negative feelings might be a deterrent to you. More often than not, you will be able to make the other person see light and change their attitude towards you.

Similarly, you could also try discussing a person’s negative behaviour with others close to you, enlisting their help in coping with the negativity.

Build your attitude

When you feel caught up in negativity, you should concentrate on building up a positive attitude, full of faith and confidence. Think over what made you start the business, what your current goals are, and where you want to see your firm in future. This will go a long way towards countering your negativity.

Be with positive people

One of the easiest ways to stay positive and cheerful is to be with people who infuse that kind of feeling in you. Surround yourself with good-natured, positive, determined people right from the start of your business.

Do not jump to conclusions

When people around you are being extremely negative and critical of you, it is all too easy to fall into a pit of despair and lose hope about your business. Do not do that. Do not jump to conclusions, and try to understand the motives behind people’s negativity towards you. They might not have meant it personally, they might just be frustrated with the troubles in their own lives, or they might be concerned about you. In any case, it is best to discuss the issue with the concerned person/people, and inform them that they are doing you more damage than good.

Be prepared

Be well aware of the current trends in the industry, the likes and dislikes of your customers, and the happenings in the world around you. Be pro-active. Anticipate changes in business environment well in advance, and be prepared to deal with them. Do your research well, and be prepared to tackle each challenge of your business head-on. Have back-up plans ready, so that you do not have to panic if any of your original plans do not work out.

Enlist help

If you are feeling too overwhelmed and hopeless about a certain situation in your business, it is a good idea to enlist professional help in this regard. Take the help of a business counsellor or a mentor, if required.

Use power words

Be careful of the words you use and the behaviour you exhibit – ensure that they reflect courage, confidence and positivity. Start saying ‘I can’ and ‘I will’ instead of ‘I think so’ and ‘I have to’. They will make a huge impact on your mindframe, and the people around you.

Do not take it to heart

Do not take everything that anyone says against you to heart. Understand that some of them are not speaking from personal experience. If you are confident about your business and the way you are running it, take people’s negativity with a pinch of salt and hold your ground.

Be in charge

Understand that, ultimately, you are the one who is in complete charge of what you feel. You do not have to let people’s negativity affect you. Do not allow negative people, thoughts, and circumstances affect you beyond what you want them to.