I once had a client who had very little belief in himself. He was running a small business that was passed down to him by his father. He was bright but he had never developed his talent. His lack of belief in himself was hurting his company, employees and worst of all his family life.
Your beliefs control everything that you do. They will determine your personal and small business success and growth.
Belief—It Holds You Back
As a personal development coach I have observed in myself and others that what our belief is in ourselves will determine what we expect and what we will receive. My client did not believe in himself.
Why? There were many reasons. The most important one was he was running the business the way his Dad had run it. He was afraid to put his personal touch on things. After all, things had worked well or maybe not so well for a long time so why change?
His belief in his lack of ability to make positive change was holding him back.
Belief—It Moves Your Forward
We started identifying small, safe areas where he could institute change. Most important it was change he believed in.
When you start exercising your “belief muscle” it is best to start with some small things where you can have some immediate success. Too often I see well intentioned, self-employed business owners, entrepreneurs and solo professionals exercise their “belief muscle” on too big a stage.
Why? They feel that is some shape or form that they need to make the grand impression. Remember, an impression can work both ways. You can take your belief and impress it on others but if you haven’t thought it through it can come back at you in the form of a negative impression.
The key is to start with something small. Enjoy the small successes from your beliefs. Learn from them. Once you have mastered the small things then you can work up to some bigger areas.
Whether you are running a small business or starting up your own business begin with the small things and work up to the bigger ones. This will increase your odds of staying on a success track.
Belief—It Predicts Your Future
More often than not in personal business coaching I am collaborating with others on creating a vision of the future they desire. Once we have created the vision we start taking steps to make it happen. It’s a very exciting process. And, it is all fueled by belief.
Your belief in yourself, what you do and where you want to go is usually a very good predictor of the future you will have. How come it is a good predictor of your future? Your belief determines your expectation.
And you have a belief and an expectation you are much more likely to see it become a reality. Whether you are starting your own business or running a small business identify your beliefs. Understand your expectations.
If they aren’t leading you to the future you desire, change them. Change your belief on something. It will change your expectation. And, your expectation will change your life. Today you can start to have the future you want tomorrow. Start today by harnessing the power of your belief.