Saying no to negativity is a subject usually confined to the realms of pop psychology and positive thinking, but the reality is that it can have a very real effect on the bottom line of your business.
It’s also an attitude that has to be assiduously cultivated by small business owners. The inherent risk, drama, and occasional uphill drudgery of entrepreneurship mean that it’s potentially fertile ground for negative thoughts to breed. You’ll need to have your wits about you to avoid drifting towards gloomy shores.
In this piece, we’ll break down the idea a little further and run through some of the main reasons why negativity can damage your chances of small business success.
Negativity Throttles Your Personal Output
Though nobody’s expected to be a little ray of sunshine at all times, too much negativity will hamper your ability to perform at full capacity like little else. Whether it’s in terms of small decisions dodged or opportunities not fully grasped, your own output will inevitably suffer if your personal glass is always half-full. In the context of a small business where you are the biggest cog in the wheel, failing to get the best out of yourself will translate into poor overall results sooner rather than later.
Customers Run A Mile From Negativity
The majority of small businesses rely heavily on close interactions with their customers to pay the bills and eventually prosper. Customers are an increasingly savvy and choosy bunch these days and it doesn’t take much to turn their attention elsewhere. Faced with a choice between two local businesses of roughly similar quality and range of service, people will naturally go for the one they actually enjoy dealing with.
Negativity Kills Your Business’ Ability To Effectively Operate and Innovate
In many ways, entrepreneurship is an ongoing lesson in effective failure management. Mistakes and failures won’t just occasionally happen, they’re an operational inevitability and you need to get used to dealing with them quickly. Both in terms of daily management and the planning of new initiatives, you need to have the ability to envisage positive outcomes in the face of less than desirable short-term results. Negativity significantly hampers your ability to do this.
Negativity Poisons The Well With Teams
The points we’ve raised so far become radically more important once there’s more than one person in the mix. Left unchecked, negativity is a characteristic that can take down even the most effective of teams and will quickly manifest itself across your entire operation if you don’t actively stamp it out. The roots of this can seem innocuous at first so you need to be particularly on your guard as a team leader and builder to avoid problems down the line.
As we’ve hopefully shown above, avoiding negativity in your small business isn’t simply a fluffy aspirational goal – it’s a core entrepreneurial skill that should be at the heart of your overall approach. Make sure you’re taking it seriously as a subject and you won’t just be doing yourself a favour – your customers, staff and bank manager will also be pleasantly surprised at the results you deliver down the line!