It’s so easy to rehash the past and think, “What if…?” Sadly, so many of these thoughts occur when we’re not satisfied with how our life is going. Dave and I, however, have learned to celebrate all our “What ifs…” because if we hadn’t gone through the negative times in our past, we wouldn’t have the positive times to celebrate, including meeting, falling in love, marrying, and starting our business.
Small business owners often become entrepreneurs, solopreneurs and small business owners due to a series of events, which at the time seem like an “unfortunate series of events.” While I was employed full-time when we started Sutton Creative Studios, economy-driven job losses in the previous five years had driven us to look for additional sources of income. My job loss, which occurred in 2008, allowed me to stumble across a local networking group at a local coffee shop, and build more than a few strong friendships. In the end, these friendships provided me the mental strength to leave the bad marriage I was in, focus on what was most important, and eventually, meet Dave.
As business owners, it’s not only recommended, but required for us to maintain a positive outlook, especially in the eyes of our clients. If we are constantly doubting ourselves or the services we provide, what reason do our clients have to maintain faith in us, or recommend our services to their friends and colleagues? Absolutely none! As an occasional Facebook user, I’ve chosen to start un-friending those people who only post negatively. I want my time on Facebook to be positive and enriching, not depressing.
And our clients want their time with us to be positive and enriching.
Have you ever noticed that when your day starts bad and you dwell on it, it only becomes worse? You might think I’m ‘off’ when I say this, but that’s because you’re using the Law of Attraction to attract negative energy to you. It’s important to quickly re-adjust your thought patterns and think about how you are going to turn your day around.
So, business owner, I assign you the homework of smiling. When your bank account isn’t showing the balance you hoped, or you don’t land the big contract, think positive. You wouldn’t even have had the opportunity for the big contract if you weren’t self-employed in the first place. You get to walk into your office when you want, eat lunch when you want, and leave the office when you want. Don’t regret the past any longer… Celebrate it!
**As I was wrapping up this post, “Make This Day” by Zac Brown Band came on my Slacker station. How could I not share it!?!?
Kim Sutton is the Managing Partner and Chief Everything Officer of The Sutton Companies, including Sutton Strategic Solutions and Sutton Creative Studios. She is a graduate of The School of the Art Institute of Chicago where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Interior Architecture.
An avid reader and passionate learner, Kim is constantly researching, studying and developing business improvement strategies. When it comes to client work, Kim especially enjoys helping her clients develop innovative marketing strategies and sales funnels, particularly when they are using Infusionsoft to automate all the heavy lifting. To find out how you can further develop your company’s marketing and automation strategies schedule a 1-hour Business Boost Strategy Session by clicking here.
In her free-time, Kim cherishes the time she gets to spend with her husband, Dave (her business partner), and five children. She also enjoys reading, knitting, writing and playing video games.
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