Have you ever thought how you might reduce, reuse, and recycle your attitudes to maintain the integrity of your business? Think of it as increasing your emotional imprint as you decrease your carbon footprint.
Here's how that can happen.
REDUCE - What attitudes continue to hold you back from moving your business forward? Do you shy away from taking the next step because the last one felt a bit shaky? Do you tell yourself you're not capable, or that today’s economy is at fault? That’s the language of naysayers. “No,” “not,” and “can’t.” Turn your tongue the other way, and let “sure,” “yes,” and “can do” spill out. When you reduce the negative thoughts that keep you mired in stuckness, you create a space for healthier, supportive attitudes that propel you and your business to greater heights.
Reducing negative thoughts isn't as simple as replacing them with positive thoughts and affirmations, however. First understand the core beliefs behind your negative thoughts. For example, what is at the heart of the beliefs that cause you to struggle with your business, if that's the case? Did someone once say you wouldn’t amount to anything? Do you see technology as “out to get to you?” Are you afraid your customers don’t trust you? These are assumptions disguised as beliefs, and unless you substantiate them as true, they are mere perceptions.
Ask yourself, “What do I know to be true?” Change your beliefs to reflect the real truths in your life. Reduce the attitudes that drag you down. Reuse and recycle the attitudes that sustain you and your business.
REUSE – Did you bounce back from a layoff and start your business within a few weeks or months? Did you recover from a financial setback without blaming everyone around you? Did you resolve a customer service issue with mutual satisfaction? Think about what it took to get you there. - resilience, determination, curiosity, vulnerability, perhapes even, confidence. Those feelings and attitudes worked well for you at least once. They will support you again and again whenever you use them.
Attitudes that helped you in one circumstance can get you through another. Positive attitudes come with a lifetime warranty, but they don't work if you don't use them. You’re the manufacturer, so if something’s not working, maybe its time for a recall. Exchange your old negative model for one that is encouraging and high-spirited.
RECYCLE - An attitude begets another attitude begets another attitude. Either way. Positive or negative. If you feel hopeful, inspired, happy, and enthusiastic, you'll gain optimism, joy, tenacity, and contentment. If you feel frustrated, defeated, gloomy, and miserable, you'll find despair, shame, sadness, and disillusion. Begin each day with a healthy, wholesome attitude. Your business and your life look so much better from that viewpoint.
Give it a try. Notice now how you feel when you are hopeful. Now notice how you feel when you are sad. Which attitude energizes you? Which attitude reminds you to take one step at a time and savor it? Which attitude has you picking up the phone or sending a note of thanks?
Yes, there will be times when customers don’t return, suppliers increase their prices, or your website crashes. Feel the emotion that descends upon you. If it feels gloomy, invite it to stay a while as you adjust to the change that has occurred. Then gently let it go. If it lingers, it will overstay its welcome.
As you put the three R’s into action, ask yourself these questions.
- Which attitudes can I Reduce because they don’t serve me or my business well?
- Which attitudes can I Reuse because they have benefited me and my business in the past?
- Which attitudes can I Recycle because they lead to even more positive ways of running my business and living in the world?
Your business. Your attitude. Your choice.