7 Ways to be a Positive Leader in Your Business



There will be times when running your business that you will get frustrated or an idea that you had failed or you just had a bad day. This is normal! We don’t enjoy any of these things when put in our path, but we have to learn how to deal with it and move on, right? Well, this is true. It is how we deal with each situation that makes us a better leader. The answer to this is being positive.

If it weren’t for my positive attitude, I would of failed ten times over. I wasn’t always this way; I had to practice at it for a long time until it became natural for me. I definitely enjoy the more positive me rather than the old me. Once you become more positive in your life, you will understand what I am talking about. The Dalai Lama said,

“It is very important to generate a good attitude, a good heart, as much as possible. From this, happiness in both the short term and the long term for both yourself and others will come.”

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Do Not Wait Around to be Happy

If you sat around all day and waited for the good things to happen to you, you would be sitting for a very long time. You need to make things happen for you. Get up and get going. In order for your business to be rewarding, adapt a positive attitude and challenge yourself every day to small goals. Speak to every client that comes in your business. Smile and say good morning or good afternoon to every employee. Happiness is contagious so keep it flowing.

Clarify your Goals and Prioritize Them

Clarify what you want out of your business and prioritize them. Set short and long term goals and when you want to reach each of them. Get a calendar where you can look at and track your progress. Make a checklist for each goal. You will be amazed how excited you get when you check off a task on your list. It’s like when you got those gold stars in elementary school. I don’t know about you, but I wanted those stars. It just made me feel good!

Be Resilient

I could write a book just on examples from my life on how to be resilient.  You will face many setbacks as a business owner. As my mother would tell me, “It’s all in how you handle your plan B.” In my case, it was more of how I would handle plan D and E, but you get the point.

It is very easy to get down on yourself when you keep hearing the word “no” or you feel like nothing is going your way. Sometimes you just have a run of bad luck. It is important to remember to think of all the positive aspects in your life and your business. Always remember there are other people out there that have it worse than you do.

I found this to be very hard at times and it took a lot of practice on my part just like it is to learn how to read sheet music for piano. You will understand what I mean if you have ever helped someone learn the piano, there would be days and weeks where things never went my way, but I practiced every day or even at every meal to say something positive in my life and what I was grateful for. Just like learning to read sheet music to play the piano, practicing helped me get through each day.

Give Yourself a Pep Talk

This always makes me laugh because it reminds me of my grandmother. She always told me it is OK to talk to yourself as long as you don’t answer. Well, there were many times when I would hear her answer herself. I’ve gotten really good at psyching myself up. You need to control your inner voice. Don’t let it control you.  Practice motivating yourself rather than getting motivated by other people. There might be times where you don’t have anyone around to help you out.

Laugh and Make Jokes

Laughter is proven to be a mood elevator, so laugh away. It might not be in your nature to be a jokester or to see the funny side of things, but again, you must practice this. If you can’t do this on your own, get a book of jokes or funny or lighthearted stories to read or give someone a call that you know will make you laugh. It doesn’t make the situation go away, but you will be able to handle each situation better.

Seize the Day

Enjoy the moment and try not to worry about your past or your future. Easier said than done, right? This too takes practice. In whatever the situation, there is no changing it, so try to move on and make the best of it.

Be an Optimist

Is your glass half full or half empty? You should be saying it is half full. Believe in yourself and trust what you know about yourself and about your business. This doesn’t mean you always have a smile on your face.  You need to be able to view the positives and the negatives in every situation. Once you sort this out, then you know how to handle the situation.

If your glass is half empty, then you don’t even look for options to make the situation better. Don’t try to change yourself in one day, because it won’t happen. It could take months before you are practicing all of the tips on a daily basis. Your goal is to incorporate them into your life and do them without even knowing.  You will automatically see the brighter side of life.

Recommended Reading

1. The 100 Absolutely Unbreakable Laws of Business Success

2. The Power of Positive Thinking

3. 100 Ways to Motivate Yourself and Change Your Life Forever

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About the Author

James Martell, speaker, author and publisher, self-taught Internet entrepreneur since 1999, leading expert in affiliate marketing, search engine optimization and outsourcing, host of the first ever and longest running podcast — the Affiliate Buzz (Since 2003) in the affiliate marketing industry. See more below…


About James Martell

James Martell is well known as an affiliate marketing specialist in outsourcing and SEO. He is also a speaker and does weekly podcasts and affiliate marketing trainings. James is host of the Affiliate Buzz podcast on WebmasterRadio.FM (the first ever and longest running affiliate marketing podcast), and creator of the Affiliate Marketers SUPER BootCamp where he teaches others how to make money with affiliate marketing. He lives in White Rock BC, a seaside suburb of Vancouver on west coast of Canada with his wife, Arlene.

Comments

  1. Samantha says:

    Great post James, and just in time too. I’ve had to give myself a good pep talk recently simply because I’ve been feeling negative about the things I’m doing in my line of work and as a leader as well. Life will always throw something in the cogs along the way, but we have to learn to pick ourselves up and carry on positively. Thoroughly enjoyed your post, great motivational writing, thanks.

  2. Matt Smith says:

    Couldn’t agree more James! Having a positive attitude is SO important in both business and life in general. You can’t expect to become successful without having that positive mental attitude to get things done and achieve your goals. Now I’m not perfect, like many others I find it very difficult at times to motivate myself, but I know that if I don’t, I can’t expect to grow my business and build a better life for myself!

    Great post!
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