Choose your Words, Choose your Thoughts and Choose your Results

Sep 26, 2011 10 Comments by

What do you say when someone asks you “How’s business?”

What does the little voice in your head say to you? What are all of the little voices inside the individual heads of your employees telling them?  Do you think these voices are helping your team create the future you want?

And how about your customers?  What are your customers hearing about your business from you and your employees?

Here’s  a business team affirmation I wrote a while back. I sent it to someone the other day. He loved it, so I thought I’d share it again here.

Use it when someone asks you, “How’s business?”

You tell them, “Business is great.”    And then tell them why.

Click the image to view the PDF of this.  If you like it, you can download the PDF and pass it on to your friends, colleagues and employees. Print it out. Stick it up on your wall. Share it. Use it to inspire yourself, your team and your customers.  Get it visible and in front of yourself  and your team every day. And use it to make sure you don’t join the herd.

You choose your words and you choose your thoughts. And you can choose your goals, strategies and your results.  It’s up to you.

And by the way, how’s business?

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  1. Catherine Marriott says:

    How about this for a reply Richard to take the positivity one step further…

    Business is great and its getter even better!

    • Richard Keeves says:

      Thanks Catherine,
      nice work.
      as a bit of background on this, i wrote it years ago as a team and personal affirmation when I was running a business magazine. It wasn’t because we were perfect and wonderful – but rather because my team were going out into the market selling advertising, subscriptions and other services – and getting bashed up by customer negativity every day. Things were tough back then – no denying it. But what I was observing (as the editor of the magazine) was that in every industry some businesses did really well while others were failing. I wanted our business and our magazine to be one that led the way through the drama – and did not get caught up in the self-fulfilling prophecy of the downward spiral. Plus I wanted our business to be one that succeeded during tough times – rather than a quitter.

      The team liked the affirmation – and it worked for us. It helped us re-unite with enthusiasm and focus. Soon afterwards, the team suggested we get it printed up and so we sent it out to the magazine subscribers as a one page mini-poster called “Business Is Great”. Years later I would still see it up in the board rooms of a few of these businesses – framed – which was kinda cool.

      Last week I thought there was getting to be so much self-fulfilling doom and gloom talk around in Australia and overseas, I wanted to dust off the Business Is Great message and send it out to the world to see if it can make a difference to the way a few people see themselves and their businesses – and how they talk to themselves and each other.

      It’s not about foolishly blind positive thinking or self-delusion. It’s about believing you can create the future you want.

      I’m really glad you like it.


  2. BLM says:

    I remember the original article Richard and it was thought as very inspirational. One of my mentors always said in reply to the question “How’s business?” …”UNBELIEVABLE” and left it at that!

  3. Maytbelle says:

    This is truly an amazing way to look at things!

    I just finished a few books and almost all of them tells me the same thing. It’s all about positivity and energy. The pdf exerts that in so few sentences and sharing that makes it more appealing. Thank you very much!

    I wish you the best in your business endeavors!

    • Richard Keeves says:

      Thanks. There is a saying that “We become what we think about most of the time”.
      So what do we choose to think about most of the time?
      What we want? Or what we don’t want?

      I try to think about what I want. And I confess, it’s not always easy, especially with so much going on. I don’t want to be an ostrich with my head in the sand, but I reckon I should turn the news off. ;) I find that most of it just isn’t very helpful to achieving what I want to create.

      How about you?

  4. Shirley says:

    Hi Richard,
    Brilliant! I am going to send this to one of my email groups. They struggle with keeping their people motivated and positive as the media keeps reporting that they are either in a boom or a bust. And so many of their reps believe what they read in the media. I’ve worked in the media, I know that journalists aren’t experts in real estate, business or economics. They find a great quote and hang their story on it.

    Happy to pass such great thoughts around with your name on it.
    Cheers, Shirley

    • Richard Keeves says:

      Thanks Shirley,
      yep, we need to be careful what we choose to believe. As I’ve said before, it’s not about denying reality – but given that ‘perception is reality’ and given we can control our perceptions, then we can decide how we choose to see the world. And we can definitely decide how we choose to act and react.
      Thanks for helping spread the message.


  5. Kristin Fournier says:

    How’s business? It’s great! Our company just had it’s largest day in sales in its 12 year history! While many other companies are laying off or cutting back, our company is hiring more employees and expanding at the home office for worldwide expansion.