Plenty of people will give you tips on how to succeed in business. But one of the most permeating and effective ideas is to keep a positive mindset. If you think negatively, you’ll often simply discourage yourself and give up too soon. Keeping yourself positive will encourage you to keep going, keep trying, and eventually succeed. Here are just a few ways to turn your frown upside down and jump-start your success.
Positive affirmations: This idea operates under the concept that if you repeat something enough times, you’re eventually going to start believing that it’s true. While it can seem silly when you get started, it’s a proven method of changing your thought processes and giving you a better attitude.
There are a lot of different methods you can use for positive affirmations. A good one is to take time out of each day with a pencil and a piece of paper. Start by writing something positive about yourself. Be sure that what you write is about you, is good and affirming, and is in the present tense. You can continue by coming up with other phrases to say about yourself or by writing the same statement over and over.
To take this one step further, try writing your reactions to your statements next to them on the page. It doesn’t matter if your reactions or positive or negative, it just has to be honest about how it makes you feel. Eventually, you’ll see your reactions becoming more positive (or at least less negative). That helps you know that you exercises are working and changing your attitude about yourself.
Surround yourself with positives: If you are constantly surrounded by negative people who only focus on the bad things, sooner or later so will you. In your personal and professional life, try to maintain relationships with positive, affirming people. Maybe they aren’t successful, but they look on the bright side and make themselves feel successful. Eventually, their good attitude will rub off on you.
Meditation: If things aren’t going well for you, or you’re constantly surrounded by negative people and ideas, your mind is probably full of lots of thoughts, many of which aren’t good. Clearing your mind of all the hassles can help you improve your mood, and meditation is a great way to accomplish this. It also can help you sleep better, feel better physically, relieve pain, and improve concentration.
Visualization: Take a moment to think about why you’re doing what you’re doing. Is it to make money to buy your dream car, or is it to make enough to send your children to college? Whatever it is, keeping your goals in mind will help motivate you to work harder and keep going. It will keep you thinking about the good things that will happen from your work instead of your current setbacks.
So how do you keep these goals in your mind? Visualize them. If you can picture them, they’ll be more real and tangible to you. To help you visualize, you may want to put visual aides in your work space. Find a free piece of wall space and put pictures of your goals in that space – whether it’s a picture of the car you want, the house you want, or even just a picture of your children.
Depending on your personality, staying positive might take some work, but it will be worth it in the long run.