By Anthony Saladino
Starting a business comes with a fair shares of ups and downs. Some weeks will go well, and others, not so much. It is how you deal with these speed bumps in the road that separates the winners from the losers. When things get tough, are you going to go crying home to mama, or will you stand up, fight back, and push through the obstacles?
But it isn't always easy. Fighting back to find the success you are looking for means taking on certain mental attributes. Here are three ways to program your mind for success if you want to survive in the cutthroat business world.
1. Don't panic.
If you've had success in business, chances are that you had a great idea to begin with. Whether times are bad or good, never fail to remind yourself of why you started in this business, and what got you to this point. Every business will put you to the test and it's natural at these times to doubt yourself. But don't lose confidence. Loss of confidence can lead to panic, which can result in bad business decisions. Have faith in your products and services. If adjustments need to be made, so be it. But just make sure before making these changes that you are doing so with a rational mindset and because you believe in them; not because you are panicking.
2. Create a list of short-term goals.
Every business owner should have list of short-term goals to keep them in a healthy state of mind. Most of us want to make millions. If we're entrepreneurs, we tend to dream bigger than most. However, being realistic is also important. The long-term goal of being rich or accomplishing everything we dream of can take years. Having short-term goals keeps us feeling as if we are accomplishing things week after week and will put us in a positive frame of mind. Short-term goals do not necessarily have to be financial; they could be as simple as increasing your social media following or implementing new tactics for search engine optimization. Keep these short-term goals as a high priority and you will likely stay positively focused and feel a sense of accomplishment week after week.
3. Take a break.
If you're anything like me, you are probably a relentless worker. Most of us business people are perfectionists and won't rest until everything is perfect. Unfortunately, unless you hit it so big that you can hire tons of staff, the revolving door of things to do will never end, no matter how hard you work. Working day and night is not only terrible for your mental health, but can backfire on the business. When we are tired and overworked we tend to make bad decisions, perform our work sloppily, and are not as creative as we should be. So take a break once in a while. You will be glad you did.
Follow these three tips and you will be on the right path to having the mental health you need to succeed in business. Remember, without the right mental health, you can't run a business.
Anthony Saladino is the co-founder and CEO of Kitchen Cabinet Kings, one of the nation's largest distributors of kitchen and bathroom cabinetry on the Internet. He is the visionary behind the custom online-shopping system, which has revolutionized the industry.
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