Love Your Business
Business success has many variables. One variable that is especially important is your attitude. Many challenging situations will arise over the course of your business life and a positive approach can sustain you longer than you might think.
What is a positive attitude all about? It is not just seeing the silver lining in every dark cloud, but also being able to see the possibilities in each situation. These possibilities may not always be to your liking but they could be in the best interest of the business. You dont relish building a profile on every social networking site, but you know doing so can increase business contacts and maybe even sales.
Why do you make the tough decisions? Simply put, you love what you do. The love of money will be given serious second thoughts when sales fall like rain. How about that first grouchy unsatisfied customer? He or she will be a test of wills for anyone.
Part of going into business for yourself is to make a difference in your life, in the world and in your family. All of these dynamics play into your attitude towards your business when things are not going so well. Is it time to pull up stakes or dig in your heels?
With the right frame of mind and a positive attitude, you will choose the latter. Tough times mean reevaluating your priorities. If you still believe in your product or service, you will do what you need to do so it doesnt disappear.
Love is infectious, even in business. Your winning attitude will motivate you, staff and family to pitch in wherever they can. It might be making dinner so you can work longer hours through the week on business tasks. The trade off can be more family time on the weekends.
Staff will do what you need them to do when their efforts are appreciated. Employees who feel valued work harder and more effectively to get the job done. When you win, so do they. Keep in mind being appreciated doesnt ALWAYS mean giving them more money either. Things like an email telling them what a good job they are doing, rewarding them with time off, and even giving them an opportunity to learn more are all great ways to show your staff you value them.
Loving what you do means that you wont just sacrifice the business for quick fixes to problems. To remain successful, only solutions with the future in mind will do. The tough decision here could be passing up a deal that would hurt you down the road even if it temporarily increased business revenue right now.
A positive approach doesnt make everything rosy, but it does help to make things bearable for the moment. Youll be able to see the big picture when you open your mind. Any challenges and demands can then be met with grace and fortitude. Loving what you do plays a major role in business success and longevity.