How to Stay Positive On Bad Days

Being an entrepreneur is all about having ups and downs.

Excuse the expression, but shit happens. And if you want to be successful, you have to learn how to roll with it.

So how do you ensure that when bad things happen—because they do—you’re able to continue to follow your vision and your mission?

Here are six life-changing tips from HeartCore Business and Shanda Sumpter…

#1 Surround yourself with positive, ambitious people who inspire you.

We often settle for contractors, employees, even marriages and friendships that are less than inspiring.

Banging your head against the wall isn’t going to change it.

So, what can you do about that today?

It may mean standing your ground as a leader, and hiring only people who are truly great at what they do.

And it also may mean clearing the clutter in your relationships.

If you’re settling—allowing these less-than-positive, or less-than-inspiring relationships take up space in your life—then it’s time to get them out of here.

#2 Keep your word.

So whatever goals you’re nurturing right now—business growth, weight loss, relationship culling—these are like promises you’re making to yourself.

If you don’t keep your word to yourself, no one will follow you, no matter what you say or how powerful you are, or how great your ideas are.

Not keeping your promises is like having holes in your way of being… and no one will follow you if you have holes in your way of being.

So if you’re telling yourself you’re going to do certain things within your business or within your personal life—like that you’re going to implement a new product or service, or work out at the gym every day—and you’re not doing it, then you’re settling.

You’re not being the best version of yourself, and you’re not going to attract the right people or opportunities into any area of your life.


#3 Become a great problem-solver.

If you want to experience success, you need to become a great problem-solver: someone who says, “Okay. What’s the challenge? How do I overcome this?”

You can’t be the person who says, “I’m going to keep dealing with the fact that my team doesn’t perform as well as I want them to. I’m a victim.”

Giving up, playing the victim role, creates a self-fulfilling prophecy.

Whereas becoming a great problems solver means you stop the suffering and improve your results.

#4 Get more generous.

When things aren’t going well, it’s tempting to think, “How can I make this work better for me?”

But the truth is, when you can become more compassionate, serve better, get more generous … the positivity just comes flowing back to you.

Ditch the intensity and come from a place of service.

#5 Define your vision.

What’s your vision? What’s preventing you from getting it? Is it a team member? A bad relationship?

What’s helping you get there? A great relationship? A great member of your team?

Now that you know those things, think about how you can add more energy to that second category: things, situations, and people that are helping you reach your vision.

And think about where you need to cut the fat.

#6 Get stronger.

The world is not going to get easier. In fact, it’s only going to get harder. The older we get, some of life’s challenges are even thicker. So what do we do? We get stronger.

Master your emotions. Stand on your own two feet.

When you can stay connected to your vision and your mission, you keep them strong—even when you encounter those shitty days. And when you keep them strong, you’re able to keep serving your clients and your fellow humans.

And that’s how you make those shitty days better.

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Hi! I’m Shanda Sumpter, owner of HeartCore Business, investor to entrepreneurs on The Pitch, and named as one of Inc. 5000’s fastest growing companies in 2017, 2018, and 2019. I’ve helped business owners all over the nation grow and scale their businesses while enjoying their lives more. I believe in giving generously and being honest—all in the name of leaving a legacy.

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