The Key to Small Biz Success? A Positive Attitude

By Stefanie Neyland, Small Business Content Developer at


Things seldom seem to work out smoothly—and this is especially true when building a business. It would be great if everything always worked out perfectly, but most of us are wise enough to realize that this isn’t always the case. The journey to business success is usually fraught with challenges that make entrepreneurs question the viability of their venture, but there’s one thing that could mean the difference between success and failure: your attitude.

A positive outlook is one of the few traits that successful business owners have in common. When faced with trying times, they don’t focus on the negative. Instead, they put their energy into moving their business forward. Here are five of our best tips for maintaining a positive mental attitude to help you reach your goals.

1. Surround yourself with positive people.
If you run with dogs, you’re bound to catch a few fleas. It’s important to maintain a network of positive and successful people who will energize, support and inspire you on a daily basis. This goes for friends, business partners, employees—everyone. As the saying goes, ‘positivity breeds positivity’.

2. Start your day off right.
Sure, you’re going to face some unpleasant situations as a business owner, but you can choose how they affect you. Despite the challenges ahead, decide to make it a good day. Try jotting down some positive affirmations each and every morning to start the day off on a positive note.

3. Set (reasonable) goals.
It’s hard to be positive if you don’t know what you’re working towards, which is why it’s a good idea to set yourself goals every day. However, with that being said, it’s important not to expect miracles to happen overnight. Avoid frustration, stress and negativity by developing your business one easy step at a time.

4. Celebrate small victories.
Don’t wait until you land that million-dollar contract to break open the bubbly. Reward yourself along the way for little accomplishments such as landing your first customer, hiring your first employee, or reaching your break-even point. Remind yourself of all the good things in your business and your life. Some of the most successful people in the world have faced tremendous adversity and bounced back stronger than ever.

5. Don’t give up.
Pledge to yourself—and publicly to friends and family—that you will persevere and ultimately succeed in your business. If giving up is strictly not an option, you’ll find a solution to any problem you’re faced with.

“A great attitude becomes a great day, which becomes a great month, which becomes a great year, which becomes a great life.”
—Mandy Hale


When things go wrong you have a choice—you can let it defeat you, or you can learn from the experience and rise above it. Your attitude to any given business situation can make all the difference to the success of your venture.

By Andrew Patricio

August 13, 2014