As a new small business owner, how you treat yourself will more than likely be the deciding factor between your success and failure.
The old adage says it all: "Your attitude determines your altitude." Our parents and teachers taught us the importance of positive mental conditioning. Professional athletes believe that the body follows the mind.
While you build your new business, invest in your positive mental state by following these tips:
- Surround yourself with good people. If you run with dogs, you'll catch a few fleas. Develop a network of positive and successful people who will energize you, support and inspire you.
- Wake up to a good day. Sure you are going to face some unpleasant situations as a small business owner, but you can choose on how they affect you. Make it a good day - no matter the challenges ahead.
- Set reasonable goals. Don't expect miracles to happen overnight. Avoid frustration, stress and negativity by developing your small business one easy step at a time.
- Keep work at work. Burning the midnight oil and working 80-hour weeks is common for entrepreneurs. However, to stay fresh and motivated, try to separate business from your personal time. Don't bring work home at night, set firm working hours, and train your brain to turn off your business when you're with your family.
- Reduce stress. Get to the gym, take a walk, eat healthy, play with your kids or read a book. As much as you'd like to, you'll burn out if you work all the time. Invest in your best business asset: YOU
Be patient as you develop your new business and enjoy every little step along the way - including the challenges and victories. By taking care of yourself you'll get to where you want to be. Remember, entrepreneurship is a marathon and not a sprint.
article from Roger Pierce.