A lot can be said about a person’s belief in his or herself. Most of us are fortunate enough to have grown up in families with at least one loving parent, wherein belief in one’s self was perpetuated in one way or another, whether through academic achievement, sports, or any other task set in front of us. Self-belief, the confidence to make it, is a huge factor in our lives.
In this day and age, the idea of self-belief gets a little blown out of proportion. Paying someone to give you reassurance via therapy or motivational seminars may have immediate effect on your person; but, ironically, no message gets through until you believe in yourself and that’s something only you can make happen as an individual.
In business, self-belief is a huge part in what drives successful entrepreneurs and the companies they run. A lack of self-belief is a prime culprit in failure, and some may argue the only conceivable reason for failure. After all, we share ideas, markets and marketing techniques, but even the most watered down business idea can achieve success with the right person behind it.
It all starts with the confidence in yourself that you can do whatever it takes to make it in business. There’s no real way you could ever gain this confidence on the fly and look to artificially harness it to propel you to success. Self-belief doesn’t work like that. It cannot be manufactured. In other words: you can’t fool yourself; you’d always know it was false.
To that end, a strong belief in your character is something that must be developed. Naturally, to develop the self-belief necessary to carry you through a big business venture, you’ll have to have scored – or to start scoring – little victories along the way to make you believe that you can not only set a life-changing goal but also strive toward and achieve it.
Where does self-belief come into play in business? The more accurate question here would be: where doesn’t it come into play. From the inception of your business idea, through the planning process, through the initial building, to the product testing, to the first customer you receive, it really takes the cliché I think I can attitude to pull this off.
Without the positive thinking to guide you, you’re never going to start out on the right foot. A lack of self-belief will see to it that not even your business idea is good. Besides, if you don’t believe in yourself, you could discover how to harness nuclear fusion and convince yourself it would never work.
For the individuals struggling with self-belief, it’s important to start slowly. Break your business aspirations down in a step-by-step fashion. Work on your planning process first and put your mind to doing a great job. Let someone else see and critique your work. If done well, you’ll hear what you need to and score your first victory.
Turn this into a chain reaction. Along the way, look to excel at each step outdo the last by putting more effort and heart into it. Before you know it, you will truly believe that you can do anything. That’s a success in itself.