Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, You'll Start Having positive results." -Willie Nelson
Business success depends on the filter we choose to look through.
Have you ever wondered why some people manage to skate through the ups and downs of the entrepreneurial journey with a smile on their face?
And why those same people seem to keep growing and scaling their businesses while other people seem to get frustrated and throw in the towel when they hit the first bump in the road?
There are a ton of ingredients that go into the business success-pie, but what keeps us in the game, and allows us to continue to grow and scale has a lot to do with the lens we choose. Some good old perspective.
I know, easy to want to roll your eyes at this one, except this is also tied to how our brains are wired.
We’re prone to notice and pay attention to negative events 3:1. Blame this on our want to stay safe and survive! Which means, when left unchecked, our brain is literally looking for problems and the downside of situations.
This is a great way to avoid being eaten by a tiger, but not such a great way to harness the power of positivity. Constantly paying attention to negative events doesn’t really open us up to noticing opportunities either.
Our perspective and the way we view life affects more than our moods, it affects our bottom line.
Don’t believe me?
Let’s play a mindset-perspective game and see how it plays out through the negative and positive filter.
Business through The Everything is Tough, Negative Filter:
The online space is crowded. There are so many people doing what you do. You don’t know enough.
You don’t have enough money to invest in your business. Business taxes and paying for insurance isn’t fair.
The algorithms have changed again. No one's commenting on your social media posts; too many people are commenting and you don’t have the time to respond. You hate social media and it’s a joke.
Marketing is hard. You didn’t sell out as many spots in your group program as you wanted. You’re too tired to create content and don’t know that it makes a difference anyway.
I mean, come on, without trying, we could easily fill up pages and pages with why business building and scaling is tough.
I promise you, if you aren’t being vigilant with your thoughts and consciously choosing a perspective that serves you, this is what your brain will naturally hand you. All your brain cares about is staying safe and comfortable. It’s not concerned with building your empire or dreams.
But, our brains are also the best computers that we can program and update. We can consciously flip the negativity switch and lean into a positive perspective and give our business a different filter.
Just like those IG filters make everything look better, a positive filter on business does the same. And, with what feels like magic, your brain will filter in opportunities that match and mirror this positive perspective.
The same story we just went through filtered through a different lens gives us:
It’s so great there are so many people online to connect with. I’m so happy more people are doing what I am, it means there’s a market for this.
I’m so grateful I’m brave enough to invest in myself and my business and that there are SO many resources available to me. I’m so proud of myself for betting on my business and investing in myself.
How lucky am I that I made enough money in my business to pay taxes? How lucky am I that I have health insurance?
Those social media algorithms keep me on my toes and help me stay focused on connecting and building real relationships.
I’m so lucky to live in a time where I can connect and market my business for free and work with people all over the world; this really is an incredible time to be a business owner.
I’m so proud of myself for showing up and constantly sharing content I know can help people.
Social media is such a gift that allows me to get in front of people for free, while I’m sitting at home in my sweat pants.
I’m so excited I sold these spots in my course and get to help and transform all these people’s lives and get paid for doing work I love! I know I’ll learn so much and sell even more the next time around.
I’m so grateful I get to share my thoughts with the world. I love my clients and that they challenge me to grow and show up.
If you look, and trust me, your brain is trying to, there's always something we can find fault with and a reason things can feel difficult. Not because it’s true, but because your brain is wired to hand you these stories and problems on a silver platter.
It takes conscious effort to paint the positive picture. But, that choice to put the positive filter on your business changes everything.
This filter affects your mood, your actions, the opportunities you notice (or miss), the actions your show up for (and procrastinate on), and ultimately the results you get in your business.
Can you see how changing each of those perspectives above not only changes how we feel in the moment, but changes how we view the entire landscape of our business? This changes our energy and state, how we show up, and what we then create and cultivate in our business.
Leaning into this positive perspective begins to make business feel like magic because we create what we think, and in many ways, it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.
Call it magic, call it manifesting, call it energy, call it positive psychology, or call it how our brain works, this is one area in your business you can control and it affects everything else.
In fact, unless we hit an 11:1 ratio, studies show seeing the positive more than the negative allows us to sell more, make more money, solve problems better, and be more creative. That's science and positivity for the business win.
Being positive isn’t going to make you ‘soft’ or cause you to lose your ‘edge’. As much as our monkey brain wants to fight it, it’s the other way around. Looking through rose-colored glasses is our edge if we want to succeed in business and make more money doing what we love.
Wishing you your version of success!
P.S. Want an edge in business so you can make more money doing what you love? I'd love to help you flip your mindset so you can stop hiding in plain sight, rock your marketing and sales strategy, and build a business you're wildly in love with that also gets you paid.