Let’s face it, being a business owner is TOUGH.
Sure, you have great days and the flexibility of being your own boss is actual #lifegoals. But, then you have those other days. Those dark days where you’re “not feeling it” and would rather hit pause on life, make some popcorn and binge watch Friends…again. Having bad days are fine as a solo entrepreneur – you’re not hurting anyone, but yourself. However, as your team grows, you’ll need to learn to dust that popcorn spice off your shirt.
Having a negative attitude in business is like having a cold. It sucks your energy, increases your apathy and keeps you from reaching your best performance. But, more devastating, a bad attitude is extremely contagious to your employees – especially when it comes from top management.
And the virus doesn’t die there.
If your negative attitude is impacting your employees, it will likely be felt by clients who may be quick to retaliate. Either with that ever so devastating 1-star review on Google or by taking their business elsewhere.
However, the great thing about your attitude is that you can control it. Every day you get to choose whether you are going to bring a positive or negative attitude to the office. And, there is a great deal to be said about positive workspaces. One study found that happy employees are 20% more productive. When it comes to your sales team, happiness has an even bigger part to play, resulting in increased sales by up to 30%.
Are you guilty of not controlling those nasty employer emotions? Here are some tips for keeping those bad feelings under control.
Be Your Own Entertainment. Think funny thoughts. Having the ability to laugh at yourself when things go wrong (and even when they’re fine) can help you maintain a positive outlook.
Start your day off with some good tunes. Music affects your brain and attitude in surprising ways. Go ahead, make a fool of yourself and belt out your favourite 90s pop songs on the way to the office.
Drop Some Positive One-Liners. Don’t underestimate the power of a compliment. If you’re having those negative feelings, find ways to show gratitude to employees:
“You did a great job on this”
“Wow! You’re crazy talented, I like how you approached this …”
Always be telling your employees when they are doing a good job.
Compliments tell employees they are worthy of being noticed. Be genuine, and the more specific your compliments, the better received they will be. This is also an excellent way to overshadow negative talk, i.e. compliments tell employees what you want them to do more of, instead of what they should do less of.
Make Your Future Shine Bright. Have a clear mental picture of the future. From time to time, you will be challenged with a personal or family problem that will have an impact on your attitude at work. Don’t let them. Be goal oriented and focus on achieving positive results at work.
Set SMART goals that are transparent to your team. Everyone gets overwhelmed at the start of a project, but the secret to alleviating the pressure is by setting goals that are designed to provide structure and guidance. When we stay within this framework, we stay focused on the prize and have no time for negative talk or bad days.
S – Specific
M – Measurable
A – Achievable
R – Relevant
T – Time-bound
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