Resiliency – The Entrepreneur’s Secret Weapon for Success

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May 28, 2015
Resiliency – The Entrepreneur’s Secret Weapon for Success

What do you think is the most important trait that helps entrepreneurs succeed in their lives and in their businesses? Intelligence? Competency? High IQ? According to

Dr. Martin Seligman, an avid promoter in the scientific community of positive psychology, the answer is resiliency fueled by a positive attitude.

As entrepreneurs, we’ve chosen a lifestyle that creates uniquely difficult situations. We’re going to experience some incredible highs and we’re going to experience some terrible lows. Even though it may feel like you’re falling without a safety net below you, there is something there waiting to catch you and spring you back up…it’s resiliency.

It’s the ones that keep getting back up who will build a thriving business. However, that’s a lot easier said than done, since many of us are battling internal negative self-talk in addition to the challenging circumstances.

How can you build a resilient and positive attitude that keeps you on top of your game? Here are a few key strategies I’ve learned from mindset experts and from observing some of the most successful entrepreneurs I know.

#1 Practice Gratitude Daily

Sift through the bad and be grateful for the little wins in your life. Generally it can be said that no matter how hard it is, it could be worse. Many find that keeping a gratitude journal helps, but successful businesspeople take it a step further. They practice gratitude daily. You can too, by going out of your way daily to thank someone who has helped you – a vendor, a team member, a client giving feedback, an online connection, or a family member. When you start looking for these people, you’ll experience a joy in giving something back to them. This in turn fuels your resiliency.

#2 Get Tough on Doubt and Fear

Our negative self-talk is really hard on us, isn’t it? It knows our weaknesses and attacks our vulnerabilities. You don’t have to take it! You wouldn’t talk that way to your best friend, would you? Just as you would stand up and defend your loved one, stand up for yourself.

Yes, when you take chances, it puts you out of your comfort zone. But you love what you do, right? When you’re passionate about your business and you’re keeping your eyes on the goal ahead, it fuels you so you can step out in faith and trust. And with each step you take, even though you’re scared, you see that you’re really okay, that you do have what it takes to do this. Each new step makes you grow into a confident, resilient individual.

#3 Give Yourself Time and Space to Reboot

Being resilient doesn’t mean you should beat your head against a brick wall when you feel stuck. Don’t give up on trying to find a solution, but do give yourself some time and space without all the pressure. A change of scene is a simple way to get that clarity that sometimes eludes us when we’re faced with a fear and don’t see a way out. Instead of stewing over it, go for a walk or to the gym, talk with a trusted friend, or take a mini-vacation and get out of town for the day.

At the very least make sure you totally disconnect from your business one day every week and spend time doing things that reinvigorate you. This means pulling the plug and not checking your email. You’re truly spending time with yourself, with God, with your family and friends.

Let’s face it, until you decide to take charge of your destiny, you’re never going to arrive where you want to be. Unless you press down on the accelerator you’re never going to travel in the fast lane. To be a successful entrepreneur you have to overcome your reluctance and take the leap. As a matter of fact, the French word “entreprenant” means, “bold, adventurous, and enterprising.” Embrace these traits because that’s how you’ll make your resiliency grow and your business boom.

Unfortunately I see too many business owners so focused on the busy-ness of each day they don’t take time to create the supportive framework for the biggest investment in their future. What’s that? Well, what’s the biggest, most lucrative asset in your business? It’s you! As the business owner it’s your vision, your passion, your expertise that’s the driving force behind your business success. Seek out and learn from the top-rated coaches and mentors and spend as much time with them as possible. They’ll help you find a healthy balance in your life so you become a sustainable and resilient asset – not just a shooting star.

Predictable Results™ Assignment

Take each of the following questions and list a way you’ll implement a resiliency growing technique to accomplish it.

How will I practice gratitude daily?
How will I kick doubt and fear to the curb?
How will I reboot every week?

As a pioneering and visionary innovator, Sarah is a certified professional image consultant and brand strategist, speaker, trainer and author. Her company, Illustra Business Coaching, provides leading-edge business building strategies for small business owners & entrepreneurs who wish to take their company to the next level.

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