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Whatever you want to achieve, you must believe that you can. Even if you follow my other strategies for peak performance, if you don’t actually believe that you can achieve what you want to achieve, you probably won’t achieve it. Therefore, belief is the most important strategy for success.
Take the leap
Belief and confidence are highly related and both are situational. That means, you can believe in yourself and have confidence in one area of your life, but not another. Since leaving high school, I’ve predominantly thought of myself as a confident person. Things always seem to work out for me, and as a result of this belief, I am more willing to have a go at new things. However, when it came to doing what I had long wanted to do for a living, which is what I do now - use performance psychology and my understanding of the human mind and body, to coach people for success - I was always too scared to commit. I had fears - it’s too risky, what if it doesn’t work out. I had limiting beliefs - I don’t have enough experience, I need more education.
If you have a clear vision of what it means to succeed and that vision shows that success is inevitable, no matter what happens, there is no risk.
If you want to do something new, you are always going to be scared and fearful. You must overcome these feelings and frame your thinking to be conducive for unlocking the shackles on your beliefs.
When I decided to take the leap, this is what I did, and what you can do to:
- Get a coach to help guide you.
- Using the power of your mind, project yourself into the future to get a clear idea of what your life will be like if you do or do not act now.
- Reflect on a time when you achieved something you never thought possible. Use this as a reminder whenever you need it. Trust me, everyone has a time.
- Define your meaning of success.
- Define your meaning of failure.
- Create a plan of action.
- Take a deep breath, smile and have a go!
Confidence develops from previous successes in a similar situation. The more you believe you’ll succeed, the more confidence you’ll have.
If you lack confidence, you have probably told yourself somewhere along the line, or allowed someone else to tell you and you’ve believed it, that you aren’t worthy of success or that it hurts too much when you fail.
Success and failure is in the eye of the beholder. If you have a clear vision of what it means to succeed and that vision shows that success is inevitable, no matter what happens, there is no risk. When you believe that there is no risk and that success is inevitable, you create opportunities. From those opportunities come positive outcomes. As these positive outcomes occur more and more, you build more and more examples for your subconscious mind. The more examples you have of positive outcomes, the more your belief and confidence grow. You create a snowball effect of momentum.
What would you do if you knew you couldn't fail? Share your answer with me in the comments below.
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