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Mindset: How to Navigate the Ups & Downs of Business

Starting a massage practice isn't easy, and there will always be ups and downs to deal with as you grow and run your business. Learning how to gracefully embrace your accomplishments and figuring out how to cope with setbacks is an important part of business ownership. Finding gratitude during the downtimes, and having awareness about your perspective can help you weather any obstacles that come your way.

The key to all this is mindset. If you can maintain a positive mindset during the tough times, you'll be better equipped to get your business back on track no matter the situation. Let's take a look at some small business tips that will help you to maintain a positive mindset while navigating the ups and downs of running a small business.

Fail Forward

Oftentimes when people set out to do a task they expect to be successful right from the start. This can lead to disappointment when they fail, and some even give up. The reality of the matter is that being successful at anything on your first try is unlikely, especially when it comes to running a business.

Consider “failing forward” meaning, instead of focusing exclusively on success, when you fail use those failures to course correct and improve your business. By expecting failure, and using it to your advantage, you can learn from your mistakes, become a better business owner, and ultimately grow your business through the lessons you've learned.

Creating a Realistic Road Map to Success

A realistic roadmap to success comes with unexpected stops or fuzzy directions along the way. When you create a roadmap or plan for your business to help you achieve your goals, make sure that you leave some room in it for adjustment. This is because things rarely go 100% as planned, so you have to take into account that there will be difficult times when running your business.

If your plans have to change, don't be afraid to steer off-course, or find another route to success. Flexibility can help you improve your business along the way. For example, finding a new product offering to serve your clients, or changing your business model can help you improve your business in the long run.

Keep an Emergency Fund

One of the most important small business tips is to have an emergency fund. This is because you'll likely be making less money during the difficult times. In fact, if things get really rough, you may even start losing money. To help deal with worst cases scenarios like this, you should have an emergency fund that you can use to keep your business afloat.

How big your emergency fund depends on many factors such as how volatile your industry is, and how many business expenses you can afford to cut if you really need to. While it may seem annoying putting a portion of your earnings in an emergency fund, you'll be glad you did when your business needs them.

Preparation, Expectations, and Mindset

Staying positive when business is bad isn't as hard when you've made the correct preparations. Developing a positive mindset starts with learning how to embrace failure, learn from it, and stay on your toes. If you can do this, then there's nothing you can't handle in the world of business, and beyond.

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