When getting involved with a new business venture, success is usually the primary goal, but what is it that makes some people successful while others are not? Unfortunately, there are times when we have everything we need to run a successful business, but our attitudes are holding us back. By changing the way that you think about business and life with these compulsory mindsets, you can get your business back on track.
1) Have a Clear Vision and Purpose
It’s difficult to create a plan of action and establish business goals if you don’t have a clear vision and purpose. Spend time thinking about these aspects of your organization, and write them down. By having your goals written down where you can easily read them, they will seem more real, and you will work harder to achieve them.
2) Be a Risk Taker
Remember that there aren’t any guarantees in life, and this includes business. While the unknown can be scary, it is important to not get caught up in this fear. If you are afraid to take a risk, you’ll limit your success by simply staying where you feel comfortable. You won’t get where you want if you don’t take a chance and risk rejection once in a while.
3) Develop Self-Confidence
In order to improve your business, you will need to discover how to improve your self-confidence level in order to believe in your goals, career endeavors, and yourself. If you have a defeatist attitude, you aren’t going to achieve success in life, and those that have achieved success have learned the trick to developing their self-confidence and maintaining a good attitude every day.
4) Be Selective
Being selective in what you allow into your professional network and your mind will also be essential for moving your business forward. You need to be open-minded about accepting people and being tolerant, but you also need to practice positive selection in order to create the right environment in which your business can grow. Surround yourself with positive people and cultivate a mindset of positivity within your staff.
5) Practice Gratitude
When you see your career in terms of what you are lacking, you won’t be able to improve your business. This negativity will be a black cloud that will impede your progress. Be sure to look at all of the things that you do have, as when you take this compulsory mindset, you’ll stop complaining about the small things.
6) Adapt to Technological Changes
It is important to be open to change, especially when it comes to your business and technology. Advancements and technological improvements like email delivery tracking, latest antivirus security, cognitive cloud applications, VoIP, etc. are constantly being released, and taking advantage of them can help to keep your business competitive. Failure to keep up with these changes can make your business irrelevant.
7) Ditch the All-or-Nothing Attitude
Many people make the mistake of taking an all-or-nothing attitude when it comes to their business, priding themselves on being a perfectionist and in charge of everything. If you try to work 60 hour work weeks, you’ll burn out quickly and will lose momentum. Instead of trying to do it all, remember that you need good people around you to make your business work, and feel free to delegate tasks appropriately.
8) Love Your Job
It is important to do what you love, even if you aren’t in the exact place in your life that you want to be. When you are able to find happiness within your work, you’ll be more likely to succeed, as the daily grind will become less frustrating and more fulfilling. Work can still be difficult, but if you are happy rather than resentful you will be more likely to succeed.
9) Be Courageous
Courage is mandatory in order to be successful, and to become a courageous person, you need to start doing courageous things. A major aspect of success involves going beyond that which you think that you’re capable and venturing into unchartered territory. Regardless of whether your venture was a success or a failure, you’ll still grow and learn, and you can use these lessons in the future.
10) Learn from Setbacks
Whenever your business experiences a setback, don’t think of it as a failure. Instead, consider it a learning opportunity in which you can gain important information that will help you to prevent future mistakes. When you look at setbacks from a positive point of view, they will seem less disappointing, allowing you to continue with your mission.
These mindsets will allow flexibility and openness while providing you direction in your business. If you have additional suggestions on how changing your way of thinking can improve your business, feel free to share.
Originally published Jan 27, 2016, updated Aug 10, 2020