“Whether you think you can or you think you can’t–you’re right.”

Henry Ford said that, and many entrepreneurs need to take that quote to heart. The attitude they have when it comes to themselves and their work will play a big part in how they can achieve. You must examine the way you work and the way you view the world and make sure that you’ve got the right attitude to make it as an entrepreneur.

Figure Out What Motivates You – And Use It
Being an entrepreneur is tough. There’s so much to take care of, so many things to keep track of, that you may end up forgetting why you’re doing it in the first place. Perhaps you got into it because you want to become financially independent. Perhaps there was something in the world you wanted to change. The point is that something motivated you and you need to use that motivation as an incentive.

Just remember what you’re trying to do. Have little incentives for milestones. Working for something important to you, something personal, can change the daily routine from a grind into a positive experience. Working for seemingly nothing is depressing. Working to gain financial freedom? That will put a bounce in your step.

Set Milestones 
Nothing is more damaging to a person’s attitude than the idea that they’re not getting anywhere. You may have felt it at times. No matter how much you do, nothing seems to be really moving forward. The idea that your effort changes nothing is a depressing thought.

Milestones can help make sure that there’s always a sense of progression. The milestones can be as difficult or as simple as you want or need them to be. They can range from something as simple as reaching one hundred sales or as grandiose as reaching one million customers served. What is important is that the milestone gives you a measurable idea of your progress and lets you know that yes, your efforts are making a difference.

Leave People with a Positive Impression
The funny thing about a positive outlook is that it is often infectious. Keep that in mind when you meet new employees or talk with your partners. Be pleasant and courteous. Give real compliments when appropriate. Show them that the energy you bring to the table and to the office as a whole is positive. You are not a taskmaster – you are a leader.

This is particularly important as you are going to spend a lot of time with your employees and your partners. The energy you give them will show in how they work, which in turn will give you energy back. It will create a positive feedback loop that will help you smile, even when things don’t look like they’re going well.

Wear Your Hunger on Your Sleeve 
If you’ve chosen to become an entrepreneur, it means that there is a hunger inside you, a gnawing need to become something, to provide the world with something they may have never seen before. This kind of passion is intimate and you may feel the need to hide it behind a façade of control and professionalism. Don’t hide your passion. Let it fly. Show your partners and employees that there is a real heart beating behind that entrepreneurial chest of yours.

Expressing your passion will serve as a constant reminder of your need for success and keep your eyes on the prize. It will keep you from dwelling on mistakes, in effect also preventing you from falling into a shame spiral. This will keep you positive and focused.

Keep Laughing
Things are going to go wrong, and that’s okay. You can frown about it, or you can figure out what went wrong, learn from it, and then laugh. Yes, laugh. Just because you’ve got a sense of humour does not mean that you don’t recognise the gravity of the situation. It just means that you’ve chosen to look on the bright side of life.

Very rarely is a single mistake going to be the deciding factor when it comes to the start-up’s success. Treat it like the setback that it is – temporarily, fixable, and usable as a learning experience. Make sure your employees understand this as well.

As an entrepreneur, you’re going to compete with people who have similar, if not superior, levels of experience, resources, or intellect. What’s going to separate you from the pack is how you approach the world. Keep your chin up and they’ll never be able to take you down.


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