Your mindset is your most powerful tool in the fight against failure. So if we want a strong mindset, we must train it to be tough and impenetrable. This article will discuss:

  • The importance of a positive mindset
  • Tactics to build a positive mindset
  • How to encourage a healthy team mindset

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The Importance of a Positive Mindset

Every day, we are bombarded with negativity from the moment we wake up. When we turn on the news, we are confronted with all the chaos happening in the world. When we check our emails, we are drowned with questions and things that need to be fixed. Even when scrolling through social media, we are forced to compare ourselves to our peers and find more ways to find ourselves inadequate.

This is exhausting on our mental health. All of this, coupled with the weight of running a business, is enough to make us feel unmotivated and discouraged to do anything in our business. We lose sight of the happiness that our business is supposed to bring us.

Operating at a high capacity and keeping a positive mindset is critical to ensure you are in a place to take advantage of opportunities that will materialize as the economic crisis evolves. It is the difference between those doing well and those that are struggling through a crisis.

Also consider that a positive mindset drives productivity.

When you have a positive mindset, you are more excited to do your work. You approach everything as a new opportunity to improve your business, and problems as small bumps in the road towards success. Instead of dragging your work and looking for ways to distract you from it, you face it head-on.

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Tactics to Build a Positive Mindset

To determine the state of your mindset, ask yourself these questions:

  • What type of conversations are you having? Are you surrounding yourself with positive people that are finding a way through the crisis?
  • What behaviors are you modeling as a leader? Are you helping your team get to a problem solving mindset?
  • What activities are you doing to keep yourself physically healthy so that your brain can remain functioning at high capacity?
  • What rituals are you using to stay in a productive and positive mindset? Are you doing more than just watching Netflix to get through the day?

Based on your answers to these questions, you can get a picture of what areas you need to improve in your life to create a better mindset. Success.com details seven tactics to help you through the process:

  1. Start the day with positive affirmations
  2. Focus on the good things, however small they are.
  3. Find humor in bad situations.
  4. Turn failures into lessons—and learn from them!
  5. Transform negative self-talk into positive self-talk.
  6. Focus on the present instead of getting mired in the past or losing your way in the future.
  7. Find positive friends, mentors, and co-workers to support and encourage you.

How to Encourage a Healthy Team Mindset

Positive leaders not only have higher success, they tend to have work forces which remain solution based and keep finding ways to move forward in the face of any crisis. Acclaimed business thought-leader Brian Tracey has several keys to staying positive;

  • Remember that it’s your response that determines the outcome of a situation.
  • Use positive affirmations or phrases to chase off negative thoughts.
  • Find inspirational quotes and messages to bolster your positivity.
  • Decide to be happy by being grateful and assuming the people around you have the best of intentions.
  • Challenge yourself to maintain a positive attitude when something goes wrong—show the world how resilient and positive you are!

The most powerful leaders, those focused on action and positive outcomes, see failure as a lesson to learn from and not a setback. They view obstacles as the catalyst for change and invention. Leaders with positive outlooks inspire and motivate others to think differently and find new perspectives. You can take tangible steps to further influence your teams.

  • Connect on a 1:1 basis with team members.
  • Encourage and reward the right behaviors.
  • Focus on results; demand excellence, but without retribution.
  • Chart a clear vision and reinforce goals and objectives regularly so everyone knows what direction you are going and success looks like.

Ultimately, it is difficult to change anyone’s behavior or actually alter their thinking, but practice can help you change course. To master any skill, practice is crucial to develop habits and keeping a positive mindset will take daily work. If you want to stay accountable for caring for your mindset, our coaches do a great job of keeping positivity first. Reach out today to get connected!