It seems a bit woowoo, but your business will not succeed if you don’t believe in it. In this podcast episode, I reference how Think and Grow Rich altered my perception of my successes and failures.
Sometimes, I didn’t believe enough in a goal for it to succeed.
Read today’s shownotes, and try to push that doubt aside. You’ve got this!
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If you’re a small-business owner who’s having a tough time, or you know someone else who is, this is one of those episodes you might want to listen to. In this one, we’re talking about how your business needs your belief.
Believe in Your Business
I know that if you didn’t believe in it, you wouldn’t have started it. I get it. But your business needs your belief the most when it’s hardest to believe in.
So how do we typically start? Entrepreneurs typically start pretty high on hopes and dreams. You’ve got all these great ideas and you have a very set way of how you think things will go.
And when they don’t go that way, it can be pretty rough.
How do we normally start super happy, motivated, and excited, only to end up quitting? A lot of entrepreneurs do end up quitting, or putting their business on an indefinite pause.
Low Points Are Tests of Your Determination
How do we typically quit? Well, usually it’s at a low point, which I’ll be talking about today. That’s the point where your business needs your belief.
You have high points and low points, but when you quit, it kind of shows that you weren’t completely invested in the first place. I take that as not being completely invested in yourself. You’re not completely invested in your dream, excluding things like rent, kids, groceries, etc.
Most of the time, we don’t have to completely quit our businesses when things get rough. You may have to take side jobs or whatever, but that doesn’t mean you should quit all the way.
Don’t Let Self-Doubt Prematurely Kill Your Dreams
I was thinking about this while I was reading Think And Grow Rich, which is a fantastic book by Napoleon Hill. What made me think about it was how people can manifest their hopes and dreams. The problem is that we often let self-doubt cycle in our minds, and it impacts what we’re able to accomplish.
In the book, there’s a story about a guy who was trying to mine a vein of gold. He was trying and trying for a long time. In the end, he said, “You know what? Forget it.” And then another set of entrepreneurs took it over, and it turned out that that guy had stopped 3 feet from the gold.
So he was struggling, he was at a low point, and he gave up.
He also continues that man’s story throughout the book to show that he learned his lesson. He didn’t quit the next time he had an endeavor.
My Entrepreneurial Struggles
Your belief in your entrepreneurial dream is the first step, and you have to believe in it so much that it doesn’t leave room for the doubts that get in and poison your dream. The more you focus on the negative, the more you attract it to yourself. I can say that I would honestly not be here without that sort of fervent, fierce belief.
I had a few people that I talked to about my plans and endeavors all the time. I would say “I’m going to do this. I’m going to do that. I just need to make this much by the time my maternity leave runs out, and if I can increase it, that would be even better. This is what I’m going for.” And that was how I did it. I talked about it a lot, and I was vocalizing my ideas.
How am I going to keep this from happening? How am I going to make enough? Who am I going to talk to? How am I going to start networking? I was so focused on it that I didn’t leave any room for doubts.
Don’t get me wrong, the doubts came later on. And once I started reading Think And Grow Rich, I realized why some of the things I had tried didn’t pan out. I wasn’t fully committed to them. When they didn’t initially work out, I knew that was it.
When I was looking at how some of the other projects that I’ve tried to get off the ground since I started freelance writing, I realized that I didn’t focus and believe in them. I didn’t push past the possible failures and doubts. And that’s why those things didn’t work out. I’m not going to make the same mistake with future projects, and I advise you not to do it either.
I started working as a part-time writer in July of 2017, and in January of 2018, I was able to do it full-time. January was my first monthly $1,000 from my business. In the next 4-5 months, I was able to double my income. So I’ve been a consistent four-figure writer on my way to five figures a month, which is going to happen before the end of the year. That’s what I’m manifesting.
Belief, Focus, and a Strong Mindset
That’s, that’s where I started, here’s where I am now, and I’ve got my eyes on where I’m going. So don’t forget that your business needs your belief. You have to focus on that. While doubts are important because they help us with self-preservation, don’t focus on them to the exclusion of everything else. Your dream deserves your hope, and there’s nothing wrong with that.
I know it was a bit more motivational than the last couple, but it was just something I felt moved to speak on. So if you enjoyed this, if you know somebody who needs it, if you’re in a group of businesspeople who need it, go ahead and share it on Facebook. I feel like this is a message that people need. Your business needs and deserves your belief.