Driven: What Adopting a Positive Attitude Means as a Small Business Owner

Becoming an entrepreneur / starting a small business isn't easy. You’ll find yourself juggling all kinds of difficulties and setbacks. Getting your own business off the ground is no small task, and it comes with challenges and other hurdles that will cause you to doubt yourself,  and the validity of your goals.

If you start to face these challenges with an indifferent attitude, then you’re going to be frustrated, stuck, and overwhelmed swiftly. You'll sink faster than the Titanic.  However, by adopting a more positive attitude toward what you’re doing, you will increase your chances of success. I'm not talking about the toxic positivity where you are always upbeat no matter how many times you're knocked down. I'm talking about acting driven, expecting the setbacks and planning how to get back up on your feet when you've been knocked to the ground.

Even if you think you can still work efficiently with a negative attitude, you’re never going to be doing as well as you think you are. It has been shown time and time again that those who are more positive in their outlooks are more likely to be successful in their actions. This is due in part to something known as a self-fulfilling prophecy. If you believe that your work won’t pan out the way you want it to, then you probably won’t put in as much effort, which inevitably leads to things not going according to plan. This is also a form of self-sabotage.

You fail – not because you were right in your assumptions, but rather because you believed those assumptions, which caused you to change the way you work. Having a negative attitude about your own business will lead to a self-fulfilling prophecy. If you have a startup company that you’re running, but you have serious doubts about it being successful and you don’t anticipate it lasting, then you’re certainly not going to give it your best shot.

Why would you give your all in something that you don’t believe in? By failing to give 100% of your effort, the startup ends up failing and you have proven yourself right. Instead, a positive outlook will motivate you through the toughest times, but you have to really believe that you can do this.

If you’re just going through the motions, when times get tough, you’re going to find yourself unable to move past the more difficult roadblocks that you’re faced with. When things get tough it's time to accelerate through. It's time to put your foot down, even when you think there's nothing left in the tank. When you truly believe that the project you’re working on or the business you’re starting will work out, then you won’t hesitate to put more effort into it.

You trust that your effort will make an impact. Being positive will not only influence you to be better, but it also influences others around you if you have people working for or with you, leading to an overall more productive situation. When you're driven it's contagious – people around you catch it.


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Sarah Arrow

About the author

Sarah Arrow created the popular 30-day blogging challenge back in 2007. Since then 750,000+ business owners have learned to blog and grow their business through her content, her challenge and her blogging books.

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