I recently read an article on mental toughness, fascinating to say the least. It was titled 13 Things Mentally Tough People Don’t Do by Amy Morin.
It begins with THEY DON’T WASTE TIME FEELING SORRY FOR THEMSELVES. Instead they express gratitude. “indulging in self-pity hinders living full life” The key is to affirm the good in the world and learn to appreciate what you have. (Morin)
1. If you are a small business owner self pity, poor me and lack of gratitude will resinate with your employees and worse yet resinate with your customers. STAY FOCUSED ON GRATITUDE
Another that popped out at me was they THEY DON’T FEAR TAKING CALCULATED RISKS. Instead, they prepare. I had a friend who used to say “Practice Makes Permanent not Perfect” The questions they answer are “what will it cost, how will it benefit the business, what is the worse thing that could happen and will this risk matter in 3 to 5 years. (Morin)
- 2. The most successful businesses in the world take risks. There’s a new book out by Steve Harvey called “JUMP” Take the Leap of Faith to Achieve Your Life of Abundance. Whether you leap or jump risk prep is always a good idea.
- And then my favorite THEY DON’T MAKE MISTAKES OVER AND OVER AGAIN. It’s important to study what went wrong, what you could have done better, and how to do it differently next time, Mentally strong people accept responsibility for the mistake (Morin)
3. Successful business owners have the ability to look in the mirror and say I made a mistake followed by I’m sorry. What’s life- changing about those simple words is it ends this mistake and hopefully allows you to move on and not repeat that mistake.
During this holiday season, focusing on gratitude, taking a risk once in a while and understanding the process of recovering from a mistake can and will be life-changing. Try it you will like it!
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