Building a business is a fantastic and challenging experience. You can wake up exhilarated to begin your day and go to bed feeling overwhelmed and frustrated. The key to success is to maintain a positive, can do it, mindset.

Easier said than done, right? Here are 5 keys to help you create and sustain a positive mindset so you attain the success you desire. Print these ideas out and stick them on your wall. They could be the basis for a new years resolution in 2015.

1. Surround yourself with successful and positive people.
The influence people have over our own personal energy is amazing. Moods and attitudes are so easily spread – think about how much of a difference a simple smile from a stranger can make for your day and then magnify it 1000 times to demonstrate the power of positive and successful friends, family and associates. When you have people around you who inspire you, believe in you and want you to succeed, there’s no room for doubts and even when they creep up, they’re quickly swept away.

2. Create a mantra or an affirmation.
Repeating positive affirmations has been shown to get people through tough times and to help them truly believe what they’re saying. For example, “I am building a powerful and profitable business.” Many esteemed business professionals have used the same affirmation strategy to attain their success.

To find the right affirmations for you, consider writing a quick list of your doubts, insecurities and complaints. These can then be quickly turned into affirmations. For example, if you write that you’re always feeling disorganized then your affirmation would be, “I am organized and in control.” Repeat your affirmations several times a day and feel the power of positive thinking.

3. Capture negative thoughts.
We all have negative thoughts from time to time. However, negative thoughts and emotions can derail us and prevent us from achieving all we desire. Catching negative thoughts takes practice and persistence. When you find yourself thinking negative thoughts or having negative emotions, find a trigger to turn them around. The affirmations mentioned above are a great way to turn the negative into the positive. You can also find quick pick me ups like a favorite song, a walk outside in the fresh air, or some exercise to help improve your mood.

4. Set goals/intentions and then let them go.
Sometimes it seems that we attract what we focus on the most. However, desperation, needing your business to be a success, sends mixed messages including a lot of negativity. Set your goals and intentions – then let them go. A certain amount of faith in yourself and in the power of attraction is necessary and it can work for you. Give it a try.

5. Be grateful.
Gratitude is perhaps the single most powerful and positive tool for success. When you’re grateful for all of the wonderful things and people in your life the challenges you face seem significantly less important and are more easily dealt with.
Consider keeping a gratitude journal and making an entry daily. When you’re facing challenges, a quick peek at all the amazing things in your life will give you a great deal of encouragement. Additionally, an attitude of gratitude helps you maintain a positive perspective and to face challenges as opportunities rather than obstacles.

Success is well within your reach and with the right attitude you can accomplish anything you set your sights on. Embrace these five powerful mind success strategies and you’ll build a better business and even more importantly live a happier, more satisfying life.

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