So now we know that to be successful you have to show up and give 110% but what is the final ingredient?
The final ingredient is belief. Belief in yourself, belief in your dream,
It seems such a simple thing to do doesn’t it? There must be a certain amount of belief in order to even get things started, but often once the initial euphoria has faded we are left wondering if we have the knowledge, strength or ability to push our business to where we want it to be.
So how can we get rid of those devastating doubts and replace them with a powerful sense of certainty?
First you need to break down your negative beliefs, to do this you have to question all the ‘evidence’ that supports that belief, let me give you an example; Julie believes she is no good at maths so therefore she’s hopeless at business. So to begin with I would question how true is it that you need to be good at maths to be good at business? Once we have established that it is actually not true at all we could then move on to break the underlying belief that she is no good at maths, even if she’s not the world’s best mathematician it is unlikely that she is so bad at it.
Then you need to build new beliefs to replace these and make sure you notice the proof of these beliefs often in your everyday life. It’s also good to surround yourself with others that have confidence in your abilities.
Affirmations are great way to build your confidence and belief in yourself; using affirmations is literally ‘brainwashing’ yourself but with positive thoughts instead of negative ones. I made my affirmations into a movie that I watch regularly (you can see this on my facebook profile http://www.facebook.com/gemma.thompson.illuminate)
Sometimes though the lack of belief comes from not being able to see the path from where you are now to where you want to be, if this is the case then break down your goal into smaller milestones and work out a few actions you can perform to take you to each step along the way. Make sure these are realistic, achievable and rely more on you than on anyone else … then follow the plan! A while ago I created a Plan to Succeed Year Planner for precisely this reason; you can get your copy free now by going to my website and registering http://www.illuminate-coaching.co.uk why not try it? After all as Henry Ford said “If you think you can, you can. And if you think you can’t, you’re right.”
Gemma Thompson is the business coach for small businesses, creative
people and soloprenuers, you can reach her on 07840 799630, or email
firstname.lastname@example.org or go to www.illuminate-coaching.co.uk