As you’re thinking about the things you would like to change over the upcoming year, I’d like to add one suggestion. It’s a very simple thing, but can make a big difference over time.

It’s easy to get stuck in the mindset of the grind of your business. It’s easy to feel a little worn down and succumb to the fact that running a business is just plain hard.

However, it’s no secret that I think we make it harder on ourselves than it has to be. I covered one strategy that can help you lighten up here on Business Unplugged in “Magic Wand for Entrepreneurs.” (Some of my clients have quoted me back to myself on this, which is always fun.)

Today, I want to point out some language you may be using that isn’t helpful. When you say you “have” to do something, it usually isn’t in reference to something you are going to particularly enjoy.

You might say I have to take the car to the shop or I have to go get a physical. When you say you have to, the energetic feeling is heavy. Ugh.

Having to do something can even make you feel resentful, or like a sulky teenager.

Instead of using “have to” – what if you replaced it with “get to”?

Many small business owners dread writing and sending out their newsletter. It always takes more time to create than you think, and it can feel like you’re taking time away from the “important” tasks.

But, what if instead of thinking I have to send my newsletter out today, you think I GET to send my newsletter out today?

Get to sounds like it might be fun. This sets up the intention that you might receive some nice responses or an inquiry about working with you – or maybe even a sale! Every now and then, I get a thank-you note from someone who needed to hear a topic I covered in my newsletter, and that feels really good.

Instead of thinking I have to invoice my clients today think I GET to invoice my clients today. It’s actually kind of a wonderful thing because it means you:

  1. Have clients
  2. Will be getting some money soon

Being paid for doing great work is always a good thing in my book.

I have been spending a lot of time thinking about mindset and how it affects our success and professional enjoyment. On the job search side of my business, I can tell you that maintaining a good attitude and energy level is at least half the battle when looking for a job.

I don’t think it’s any different for small business owners. We throw ourselves into a world of uncertainty. There are no guarantees, and in fact, the statistics for success are quite sobering.

So, what if we could swap one little word in our inner dialog and not only feel more energized, but also have more fun?

It’s certainly worth a try. I’d love to hear if it works for you.