Personal Growth

3 Ways to Cultivate a Positive Attitude as an Entrepreneur

December 14, 2020

Maintaining a positive attitude throughout the day can be challenging for an entrepreneur. It can be difficult to keep problems from negatively impacting your attitude as you move through the day. To help cultivate a positive attitude, you should start every morning strong, reframe your thinking, and surround yourself with positive people.

Start Every Morning Strong

Beginning a new day with the right attitude can be tricky, especially when outside factors come into play. You might wake up to the sound of that pesky alarm clock, dread a Monday morning, or feel overwhelmed by the amount of work you will face that day. Keep in mind, though, that a positive attitude can set the tone for your entire day. In order to start your day with the best mindset, try to think about the good parts of your upcoming day, schedule yourself some breaks, write down what you’re grateful for, and cook a healthy breakfast.

Reframe Your Thinking

Your thoughts have no meaning initially; you assign them meaning by how you interpret and respond to them. If you frequently assign negative emotions to your thoughts, it will impact your overall attitude and bring you down.

“Struggling with depressive, anxious, or negative thoughts can often be a barrier to understanding that it’s not always about what happens to you, but how you frame these situations,” says psychotherapist Liz Beecroft. “Restructuring and reframing negative thinking patterns takes practice and awareness.”

To achieve this, recognize when an intrusive thought is taking over. Then, become intentional about stopping it. Reframe that thought into a more positive and constructive one.

Surround Yourself With Positive People

Typically, the people you spend the most time with end up shaping who you are. That’s why it’s important to continually surround yourself with optimistic people to maintain a positive attitude. If you find yourself surrounded by people who only see the glass as half-empty or complain more often than appropriate, it may be constructive to step away from them while at work. Surround yourself with other like-minded professionals who are uplifting and continually looking for new ideas or ways to improve their day. And, if you’re unable to avoid the negativity, try not to participate and stay focused on maintaining your own frame of mind.

Creating a consistent positive attitude as an entrepreneur will not happen overnight. It can take practice to foster a more constructive and positive point of view. Be patient with yourself as you reframe your thoughts, surround yourself with the right people, and get into the habit of starting your morning strong. Your efforts will support a stronger positive attitude, which will help you succeed as an entrepreneur.