Thursday, December 07, 2006

How does your Attitude Affect Your Business?

How does your Attitude Affect Your Business?

This week I've just finished reading "Fish!" by Stephen C. Lundin, Harry Paul and John Christensen. It's a short parable about how our attitude towards our work (equally applicable to our own businesses) affects productivity and employee morale.

The major take away from the book is that we all have the ability to choose our attitude towards life and work - and our attitude that we bring to our life will affect how we interact with others and perceive events and circumstances. Another great lesson is the need to be present.

Do you believe that you are able to choose the attitude that you bring to your business every day? Even if you are stuck in traffic getting to the office, the coffee machine is broken, and you find that your computer has overnight scrambled your files - you do still have the personal choice to either let these setbacks make you angry, irritable, and flustered or to remain calm and solution focused.

Do you start each day picturing a productive and enjoyable day, or are you focused on worrying about the traffic, being late, or that big deadline or meeting? One of the laws of the universe is that what we focus on in life expands. So if you are focused on worry then more events to worry about will find their way into your day. However, if you are focused on opportunity more opportunities will magically become obvious to you.

The attitude you bring to work each day will also have an impact on your employees, business partners, and customers. Positive energy is contagious as is negative energy. By gathering together and taking a collective decision to accept that you all choose your attitude you will create an environment at work where people are more accountable and proactive.

Along with attitude it is also very important to be present. So often we are distracted by personal events, worries, and problems that when talking with co-workers or customers we do not give them our full attention - and often as a consequence are not there for them when they need us.

Even though I love my pet sitting business, and love spending time with pets - over a busy week like Thanksgiving even my sitting visits can become laborious work. By keeping my focus in the present moment - with the pets and their needs - keeps me on track and in touch with the bigger picture.

Lastly, the belief in yourself and belief in your ability to be a success in your business has a huge impact on your results. If you don't fully believe that you can succeed do you think you'll put in all the effort that you are capable of? Will the people around you be able to believe in you if you don't?

You can work on building your belief by searching out limiting beliefs, writing them down and then turning them around into positive affirmations. By practicing these positive affirmations rather than focusing on limitations we are able to reprogram the mind and solidify our belief.

Try out some of these suggestions to develop a powerful attitude for 2007!

Some other great books on improving your mindset include:

"Secrets of the Millionaire Mind" - T. Harv Eker
"The Master Key System" - Charles Haanel
"The Secret" - On DVD available at
"The Attractor Factor" - Joe Vitale

Danielle Chonody a successful home business owner and entrepreneur. Her FREE business-building ezine provides marketing, management and motivational tips for small business owners and business opportunity seekers. Sign up for your copy at and receive her FREE special report "25 Low Cost Marketing Ideas to Explode your Business".

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