I can’t help but notice that over all most entrepreneurs can find themselves trapped in being critical and pessimistic about their business. What do I mean? Scroll through some Facebook groups and you will see what I am talking about. Whether it is something to do with an upset client, how a client treated us, the lack of business, the way you feel about your work… entrepreneurs are riddled with worries and fears. I find even when things are going better we can still easily find something to complain about. I have a few tips to focus on to help you keep a positive attitude about where your business is going!

  1. LOOK BACK- Whether you are a photographer or own a different kind of business, looking back to the beginning often brings things back to center. Sure things might not be as good as they were a month a go but I promise you they are better than they were when you began. Create a folder titled “Beginning” on your computer. Put your first photos or first logos in there. Sometimes I like to look back at our income and tax information in 2012. Reminding yourself how far you have come is a good reality check.
  2. WHY- Knowing your why and keeping your why at the focal point of your business is crucial. If you forget WHY you do what you do you can easily lose your passion and teeter with every wave that your business has. We all have ups and downs but our WHY’s are all different. Why did you start your business? Why do you keep doing it? What is it that you want to accomplish? Write those things down. Put them where you can see it.
  3. DON’T LOOK-  I have said this a million times but don’t look and compare yourself to others. If you follow someone on social media and your immediate reaction is to compare you might need to not follow them. I am really particular about who I follow on Instagram and Facebook. I want my eyes to only see things that spur me on and encourage me. I follow photographers strategically so that I can learn and grow and be challenged. I also follow others that I know might need a little encouragement too. Which leads me to my next point.
  4. DO FOR OTHERS- When things are tough or things are good I find it is always refreshing to pour into someone else. Taking your focus off of your business and your life and encouraging someone else is a great way to induce optimism. Take another photographer or business owner out to lunch. Drop a surprise gift off to someone. Send a Starbucks gift card. Comment and tell them what strengths you see in their work and business.
  5. GRATITUDE- It is really hard to be pessimistic when you remember all the things you have. Gratitude is a huge part of finding joy in your life and in your business. Write out what you are thankful for. Do it everyday! I love to wake up and add to my list of things I am thankful for. Maybe just write down one or two. Sometimes I am thankful for the simplest things, like the sun that comes in my window in the morning.
  6. ENCOURAGEMENT- Have you ever received a text or email from someone encouraging you? What about a review from a client that makes you feel good? Sometimes I scroll back through emails and texts when I am having a bad day to remind myself that what I am doing makes a difference. That is more than just a business, it is life change. Create a folder in your email called “Encouragement” and scroll through their when you start feeling defeated!

Sharing, serving, and celebrating,

Andrew + Chrissy