Expand Your BusinessI love inspirational books. The feeling I get reading about hard working self-made millionaires is indescribable. Reading the biographies of brilliant businessmen like Andrew Carnegie and Bill Gates is inspiring and makes me want to strive for the same greatness within myself. Their books motivate me to improve and grow my business.  Here are some tips about how a positive attitude can motivate you to ameliorate your business.

Have appreciation.  I take nothing for granted.  I appreciate the comfortable lifestyle that my hard work has afforded me. Appreciation allows you to see every challenge and every setback as a blessing because it only makes you a better person and you learn from it.  This character trait takes some time and effort to adopt but when properly harnessed the payoffs are invaluable.

Show some follow-through. One of the most essential steps of running a successful enterprise is following-through on your actions.  It’s one thing to talk a big game, it’s another to actually go out there and do it.  You should always ask yourself if you are following through on every aspect of your life.

Stay well-informed. You need to stay well informed and on top of the financial current.  You need to be conversant on how money travels in the world economy.  In order to be successful you need to be able to predict the currents of the volatile market in order to make them work you.  This will allow you to add more profit to your business.

Always ask yourself if you have done everything you can to increase profit margins. Doing this will embed a sense of duty and motivation to maximize your profits and increase customer satisfaction.  Soon you will start to brainstorm ideas on how you can reach the pinnacle of your business potential.  Remember, the possibilities are endless!  Stay sharp. Surround yourself with a knowledgeable staff. If you stay hungry, and work hard to overcome obstacles, you’ll be a winner.

Embrace Discomfort. Looking forward and planning for discomfort helps you deal and overcome it more effectively.  All of us have to deal with discomfort at one time or another.  We all have fears and insecurities, but in order to be successful businessmen we have to find ways to overcome them.

Don’t let fear run your life because if you do it will hold you back from reaching your full potential.  Remember when the chips are down you find out what a man is made of.  Many people fold under pressure, but a true champion thrives under pressure.  Everybody at one time or another fails, but remember that failure is a far better teacher than success.  Learning from failures enables you to stay sharp and make better decisions in the future.

Be a leader. As the head of your company people look up to you because of your experience and know-how.  In tough economic times people look to more knowledgeable people for guidance.  This is vital reason why you should send your newsletter on a monthly basis.  When you’re out there making a name for yourself in the business world you should always ask yourself, “Am I behaving like a general or a soldier?”

Remember the eradication of negativity and cynicism is vital to success.  Can you name any successful cynics?  I know I can’t.  Learn to be appreciative, show follow-through, stay well-informed, embrace discomfort, and be a leader.  If you follow and implement these steps you will be on the road to success in the business world.

Jim Palmer is known internationally as ‘The Newsletter Guru’ – the go-to resource for smart, effective strategies that maximize the profitability of customer relationships. Jim is also the author of The Magic of Newsletter Marketing – The Secret to More Profits and Customers for Life. Get a free newsletter template at www.TheNewsletterGuru.com.

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