Are you a glass half full or half empty type?

As an entrepreneur a lot is said about the importance of mindset and you can be made to feel as if you need to have the nerve of a warrior just to be able to open for business each day. For me, it’s far simpler than that and boils down to one thing – maintaining a positive outlook.

Every single one of us can choose how to look at things. We all consider different situations and scenarios from a certain perspective and that perspective can have a huge effect on the success of our business.

Having a positive outlook not only makes you feel better, your customers will also feel more positive and want to do more business with you.

I’m fortunate that I usually have a positive mindset. This makes it easy for me to get up and take on the day. I often say to myself and to my team ‘What’s the worst that could happen?’. This helps to weigh up the risk involved in a certain decision and to go for it if the risk is manageable.

If you don’t have a positive mindset, this is definitely something that can be developed through simple exercises. Controlling your thoughts is a great place to start. If a negative thought pops into your head, simply say to yourself ‘stop’. Keep repeating that every single time the thought pops back in and within a relatively short space of time your negative thoughts will give up and stop trying to take over, leaving behind positivity and the real truth, which is that you are much more capable of coping with things than you think you are.

Having a positive outlook means that you can achieve more, will feel happier while you’re working and that more people will want to do more business with you. Happiness breeds happiness and people do business with people, so the success of your business depends on you (and any members of your team) being fun to be around.

This week I’ve taken time out of the office to work on an exciting new project, so I’m working from a coffee shop where I recently overheard a conversation that neatly demonstrates this point (see image).

Be the sunny day, glass half full person, avoid worrying and I promise your customers and your business will thank you for it.