It’s part of the human experience to go through tough times. It’s a cliché but difficult periods do make you appreciate the good times. When you’re in business for yourself, hard times are inevitable and to be in business with an illusion that everything will be rosy and things will never be bleak is setting yourself up for disaster.
No one wants to fail or feel like things aren’t going in the right direction. But when it happens, how do you pull yourself up and keep moving yourself and your business forward?
In all the time I’ve been in business for myself, I’ve had more ups and downs than a roller coaster but for every single slump, I’ve been able to pick myself up, dust myself off and move myself and my business forward to even greater heights each time.
The 3 things I believe you need to master in business to turn things around –
1. Gratitude, – a huge shift occurs when you operate from a place of gratitude. Your whole mindset changes, your energy changes and as a result, your outcome changes slowly but surely. People who practice gratitude experience more joy, have strengthened relationships, experience less stress and feel more connected to others. Be grateful for what you have and acknowledge small victories each and every day.
2. Positivity – your thoughts become actions, your actions become habits, your habits determine your result and a positive result is what every business owner needs in tough times. People who are more positive are more likely to engage in consistent activities that will move their business in the right direction.
3. Generosity – what you give to others comes back to you. People who are generous in nature are more likely to find those around them will go the extra mile to help and support them. Be generous to your customers, your staff, your suppliers and your network. Being generous does not have to mean giving away money. Be generous with praise, compassion, understanding and your time.