Our Ladies Bible Study at Pennyroyal Baptist Church just finished the Fight Back with Joy series by Margaret Feinberg. The series was designed to help us see the joys in everyday life. As part of our homework, we were to write down 3 “Joybombs” (good things) that happened to us each day during our 6 week study. A joybomb could be something rather large like getting a raise or small like a warm, sunny day in February in Ohio. This repetitive behavior made me focus on, and more easily identify the good things that happen in my life every day.
The series led me to think about how I feel about my small business. As entrepreneurs and small business owners, I wonder if we concentrate on the positive pieces of our business as much–or at all-as the negative ones.
It’s easy to focus on the negative aspects. After all, you need to take action when you lose a client or your computers go down. You may need to review your Business Plan as you see your expenses rising or your competition closing in on your prospects. But what about the good things that are happening each day that we are not focused on?
How would it change our days, attitudes, and our businesses if we started purposefully recognizing and recording the good things that happen each day? All Star Baseball Player and Batting Title Winner, Wade Boggs, believed in the power of a positive attitude. He was quoted as saying, “A positive attitude causes a chain reaction of positive thoughts, events and outcomes. It is a catalyst and it sparks extraordinary results.” Wouldn’t you like positive events, outcomes, and extraordinary results in your small business?
Today, I challenge you to heighten your attention and recognize the good things that happen in your business each day. Take it a step further and list these details on your calendar, in your journal, or on your To Do List for the next 30 days. I think you will be amazed to see just how much good is happening with your business that you never really noticed before. Look for reasons to celebrate! Pursue the Positive! Jot down your Joybombs! See how this small exercise changes the way you feel about your business and how you act towards others. I’ll start:
- An existing client gave me additional tasks to work on today. This means I am building a a stronger relationship with him and making more money for my business.
- I had a hearty laugh (2 really) listening to the voice mail of a client’s client.
- Since I work from a home office, I was able to sit outside today with the sun hitting my face while I wrote this blog post.
Your turn. Record 3 positive things that happen in your business each day-it can even be a person that you encounter. You will be happy that you did! Don’t forget to let me know how this simple experiment changes the way you feel about your small business.
About the Author: Sheri Miller is the Owner of Another You, LLC, a Virtual Assistant service in the Dayton, Ohio area. Sheri helps small business owners save time, money and frustration by taking care of their day-to-day administrative tasks. Think of her as your right hand while your left hand is growing your business. www.anotheryouerrands.com 937-416-2207