From an evolutionary perspective, this bias towards the negative (and potentially life-threatening) was highly adaptive.
However, in today's world, this bias can have negative consequences in our businesses. We tend to overlook our accomplishments, and focus on the small percentage of our business that is not going well.
This bias has a negative effect on our mood, and can lead to demoralization and thoughts about giving up.
I believe that it is important for every business owner to regularly schedule time to review his or her accomplishments. From a practical perspective, it helps make us aware of what worked, so we can do more of it. We often talk about learning from our mistakes, but how about learning from our accomplishments? From a psychological perspective, reviewing our accomplishments boosts our mood and motivation.
If you are a business owner, I recommend that you put 15 minutes in your schedule at the end of every month, and write down everything you accomplished in the past 30 days.
You'll be amazed at all the accomplishments you come up with!
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