Yesterday we chatted about fear and how it can limit our business growth and success. Today I want to chat a bit about the business beliefs that fear can create - the status quo Gravity that is so often driven by our fears.
Our beliefs have a major impact on our business - strategies, tactics, visions, execution and productivity. I sometimes wonder if we all recognize that, especially when I listen to business leaders grouse and moan about all that is wrong with the business, the people, the market.
I believe we attract what we focus on. if we focus on how bad things are, if we believe that the economy is going to kill our business - it will. On the other hand, if we believe we can succeed, can do something unique and valuable to grow our business no matter what - we can succeed.
Take for example the words I hear everywhere today. "The economy is bad, businesses are holding all their cash and not spending, no one is hiring, we can't possibly grow (or find a job)."
Wow - look at all the fear behind those beliefs. And look at all the negative push against anything good happening, thanks to those beliefs.
Yet look at some of the companies who ARE thriving...
The list can go on and on. There are tons of companies thriving in today's market. I also know that the economy is still constricted and there are tough times for some.
My point is that we get to make a choice about where we focus, and what we believe. I can choose to believe as Eyore - Woe is Me and all is Doom and Gloom. Or we can choose to believe in the positive - that there is opportunity in all things, we can grow, we can be successful - even if we may have to change some things in our business strategies and tactics.
My Own Personal Belief
I believed for years that the only way I could be successful was to work 100 hour weeks and do everything. I took every client, worked constantly and burned myself out physically - all because of a belief system that said I had to do it all - perfectly - to be successful.
When my health failed and I crashed my entire metabolic system - I got the chance to rethink those old and driven-by-fear beliefs. And luckily, I had the chance to change them.
Today - I am focused more on the power of my positive beliefs to bring success than my need to prove to the world that I'm good enough and can do it all (talk about an impossible belief..). Consequently, my life is moving in such amazing directions, new opportunities are showing themselves every day and I am finally learning that I can be very successful and not have to do it all - or kill myself.
We can all be successful, regardless of the world around us or within us. Our beliefs can make the difference between growth and giving up - in business and in life.
What's your limiting or negative belief? How are you changing it as you read this? Would love to hear your thoughts and approaches too!