May marks Mental Health Month in several countries around the globe. As part of our continuing series on mental health, we’re going to discuss how business owners can stay positive during times when things aren’t going their way.
Before he became the iconic business leader of his later years, Steve Jobs was exiled from Apple over a clash of personalities. Losing such a prestigious position would take a toll on most people but Jobs’ reaction showed the power of a positive mindset during difficult times. During his forced sabbatical, he didn’t wallow in self-pity or let it dent his resolve. Instead, he helped to found movie studio Pixar, and was eventually brought back into the Apple fold with legendary results.
The ability to stay positive during moments like this isn’t something that just happens. It’s grown and made resilient over time through your own actions. Here are some tips to help you build that same positive mindset.
Find New Opportunities
If business is slow, the best way to stay positive is to take action. A slow period is the perfect time to look at the operations of your business, find new efficiencies, or even look at innovative ways of marketing that will bring customers through the door. Wallowing isn’t going to solve your business woes. Taking tangible action will help fill this time, while also ensuring business will soon be booming once more.
Stay True to Yourself
It’s so much easier to maintain a positive outlook when we’re being honest with ourselves. If you fail, but did things your own way, it’s a learning experience. You will know what you liked about what you did, what you didn’t like, and what you might need assistance with next time out. Make the time to find out who you are, what you like and where you want to go. Not only is it a good idea for your business career, it’s the foundation of a happy life.
Trust Your Gut
Even the best laid plans can go awry. If you’re sure what you’ve been doing is broadly on the correct track, keep going. Don’t let a knock back discourage you from unleashing your potential and gaining the wins that are just over the horizon. You know your business and you know yourself, trust your gut to lead you to the correct outcome.
Get Out There
When things go wrong it pushes us outside our comfort zone and initiates our “fight or flight” survival instinct. During these times, we’re prone to making rash decisions. If you’re used to operating outside your comfort zone, you’re better equipped to handle tough times. Start small by doing one thing a week that freaks you out a little bit. As you rack up successes and overcome your preconceived limits, it will equip you to handle challenging moments.
Find the Lesson and Learn from it
Nobody is immune to failure. However, we can control how we respond to it. Next time things don’t go your way, view it as an opportunity to learn. Positive people look for solutions. They don’t waste time blaming others. Instead, they admit their weaknesses and seek solutions that will prevent it from happening again.
Let Us Help
GD Commerce can step in and handle several tasks that will allow you to devote more time to mental health. Contact Us and find out how we can lessen the load.