When I was a teenager, my mother gave me a copy of The Power of Positive Thinking. I often think of that book when I’m facing challenges.
And as any business owner can tell you, our day-to-day life is full of challenges. It’s inevitable that at some point, clients don’t like your ideas, or you have a hard time recruiting team members, or you make a mistake on a project and have to fix it at your own expense.
Through it all, no matter what happens, you have to power through and be the leader of your organization. So, how do we do it?
That’s where The Power of Positive Thinking comes in. Staying positive is one of the best skills any successful business owner has.
It’s something that takes conscious thought, because it’s easy to get negative when situations like these hit. But I think the best way to stay positive is to keep your eyes on the ultimate goal: to have a business that will make a difference for your customers, team members, communities, and yourself.
By doing this, you focus less on the problem at hand, and more on your organization as a whole. You realize that one small setback isn’t going to define your business forever. And once you realize that, the challenge seems much easier to overcome. You might even find unexpected opportunity by looking at it a different way.
So the next time things seem gloomy, keep your “eye on the prize” — and you’ll probably find the one positive that’s sure to be there.
— Sue Voyles