Confidence is one of the most amazing traits that you can possess. In fact, there is nothing like it. If you have it, you can motivate yourself to do anything; if you don’t have it, you cannot be more than you are right now. With that being said, how far we go in life, and how successful we ultimately become, depends not only on how we see ourselves, but what we “say” to ourselves.
Let’s say that I am about to open up a brand new business. I have the knowledge, experience, and vision that I need to succeed, and I have paid my dues throughout my career to get to this point. The tough part might not be running the business, but in my mindset and attitude while running the business. Here are two ways to look at it.
The first way is to realize that I have never had my own business before, and because there is so much to accomplish in order to open and run a successful business, I start to doubt my ability, and worry that the business will never take off. Because of that way of thinking and uncertainty, I approach my new business being too overly cautious and I second-guess all of my decisions. I start to wonder if I deserve to be successful, and whether I can do what other prosperous people have done before me. I start to question myself and ask, “Am I Ready?”
The second way is much more optimistic. I am not naïve. I understand that this is new to me, but I am committed to learning and succeeding 100%. My decisions are well thought out, I surround myself with experts, and I educate myself on every aspect of owning a business. I understand that my hard work has prepared me for this point of my career, and if others can succeed, then so can I. I don’t worry about obstacles, hard work, and negative people. I don’t let fear overtake me. I face my business challenge head on and look forward to growing each day, week, month, and year. I think about my new adventure as a great opportunity and I declare, “I Am Ready!”
Which approach sounds better to you? Which level of confidence aligns with how you approach your business? I think that the answer is clear. The first example is a normal cognitive and emotional response to anything new that we try in our lives, but it can be changed. You can learn to be more positive, optimistic, and opportunistic, regardless of your doubts, fears, and past hurdles. You just have to believe in yourself and in what you are doing in this world. The second example illustrates how powerful the right mindset can be. With that attitude and approach, no one can stop you, but you.
It’s amazing how interchanging two words can make such an incredible difference in your way of thinking and in your ultimate results. Questioning yourself (Am I Ready?) instead of passionately declaring your ability (I Am Ready!) makes all the difference in the world; it makes you a slow-getter instead of a go-getter. Have fun with anything new in your life, including running your own business. Don’t be afraid to learn and ask questions, and do whatever you need to do to get the results you desire. It’s not supposed to be easy, but it is supposed to be rewarding. Don’t ever give up on yourself, and most importantly, enjoy the journey!