Sounds simple, right?
The problem for most people is that it works just as simple in the reverse. If you don’t believe you can, you won’t do the activities you need to do to be successful, or do them consistently enough. Like it says in Proverbs 23:7 . . . as a man thinketh in his heart, so is he.
What you think about yourself is very important. Your thoughts are powerful. They are actually containers that carry either good things or bad things. Discard all thoughts and self-talk that aren’t productive towards your success. Feed your heart and mind with things that will make a positive change in your life.
Your belief shows up in your actions
If you find yourself stuck, making excuses or otherwise procrastinating, your belief in yourself to succeed is very small. Your belief always shows up in your actions, or inaction. You have the mindset of an amateur and little faith in yourself, if you’re not doing the activities you know you need to do to be successful. Work on believing in yourself and learn to develop the habits of a professional. Personal growth development should be ongoing in your journey towards success.Some of you may have had years of negative programming from others that has made you believe to some degree that success wasn’t meant for you. This was my situation. All I heard around me for years was negative, small-minded talk. I felt like there was always something working to contain me, hold me back, and stop me before I even had a chance to really get started. And I was sick of it . . . really sick of it.
I had accepted that negative programming from others as my truth. This formed my belief about myself and what I could accomplish. It was very limiting, to say the least. But it was not the truth, it was garbage.
A few years ago, as I was lying on my bed feeling defeated, God spoke two words to me. He said, “Read Proverbs.” Nothing more, just that. No doubt He said that because I needed to replace that negative programming with the real Truth. Truth I needed as my foundation for success. The book of Proverbs is the book of wisdom and it was written by the richest man who ever lived.
The internal struggle grew dim
As I read from Proverbs daily, my belief about myself and my ability to succeed began to change. I was gaining wisdom and knowledge. The internal struggle I had known for many years, became smaller and smaller. This, of course, didn’t mean I didn’t have to learn, work, and try in my business. It meant that I was no longer standing in the way of my own success.
Now when I hear negative or small-minded people making comments, I no longer accept what they’re saying as having anything to do with me. Be mindful of the people you closely associate with. Do they lift you up or bring you down? Are they encouraging and happy when you succeed or do they try to bring you back to their negative state? Just know that it will be helpful for you to be around positive people, as much as possible, of course.
In addition to Proverbs, a great book to read is “Think and Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hill. Many people have used this book to completely change their lives. I cannot overemphasize what a treasure this book really is.
Don’t live your life by default, live it by design. The price of freedom in thought is vigilance, and giving away what you have been freely given. If you want your life to change, go change somebody else’s.
To your success,
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