When the economy is in decline and the job market is shrinking, starting your own business begins to sound like a good option to many people. With the Internet and its vast array of technologies, it’s easier than ever before to start a business, but many still fail. Why is this? It’s because it takes a specific type of person to not only start a business, but to see it through to success.

Working for yourself sounds like an absolute dream for most people. There’s no boss and you can do things your own way. But the truth is that there is a boss, possibly the worst one you have ever worked for – you! So are you cut out to be an organized and beneficent leader or a complete pain to be around? The answer will determine whether your new business is a dream or a nightmare.

Do you have what it takes to start your own business?

In order to be successful in your new business, you must have what all successful people have in common:

Habits that will lead to your success!

It is very easy to be motivated by the excitement and novelty in the beginning, but as time passes, your habits will make or break your business.

Following are the main habits you must have (or be willing to learn) in order to ensure your success and your sanity.

Optimistic Realism

It may sound like an oxymoron, but it is absolutely possible to be both optimistic and realistic at the same time. No one person can do everything perfectly all the time. When you’re your own boss, you have to honestly assess your current abilities, as well as whether you’ll have the time and initiative to improve in the areas where you may be lacking.

As we proceed through this course and discuss everything you need to bring to the table in order to be successful in your business, be both realistic and optimistic about the skills and abilities that are required. How good are you at them? Which of them do you know how to do, and which ones do you lack? Should you hire someone else to take on some of your tasks? Don’t try to do it all yourself if you’ll have to spend an impractical amount of time learning.

Outrageous Positivity

One thing that many successful entrepreneurs possess is a positive mindset that borders on absurdity. No matter how rough things may get, you need to neutralize negative thoughts; they can easily spiral out of control and poison everything you’ve worked so hard to achieve. The key to maintaining a positive mindset is to realize that everything will eventually work out for the best, no matter what happens in the interim. Fortunately, positivity becomes easier with practice, and you will become more proficient at it over time.

Make a habit of always seeing the bright side of things, even when everyone else only sees the darkness. After a while, it will become second nature, and it will start to rub off on those around you. Positivity is contagious; some people just have a higher tolerance to it.

… to be continued…

Excerpted from:

Starting A Business 1-2-3
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