Have Faith….Believe In Yourself !

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Being successful is as much about self-confidence as it is about 

anything else. People who constantly doubt themselves often 

can’t reach their goals because their negative thoughts act as 

saboteurs, preventing them from doing the things they want to 

That’s why the first step of the success mindset is believing in 

yourself. 

Dealing with Naysayers and Self Doubt 

When you set a goal, you may find that people in your life express 

doubts or dismiss your goal as unreasonable or unattainable. You 

may also hear a little voice in your head that says you can’t do 

what you want to do. 

If you want to succeed, you’ve got to find a way to silence both 

the naysayers in your life and your negative inner critic. Listening 

to either can sabotage your best efforts and ensure you don’t 

achieve success. 

With the naysayers, you’ve got three options: 

  1. Ignore them and let their negativity roll off your back 
  2. Talk to them and convince them not to be negative 
  3. Avoid their company 

The right choice may vary from person to person. Sometimes, 

friends and family don’t realise they’re being negative. When 

that’s the case, a simple, “Hey, I’d appreciate it if you’d find a way 

to be positive about my goals” might do the trick. 

Some people might be unwilling or unable to curb their negativity. 

When that’s the case, you’ll have to decide if you can ignore it or 

if you’re better off avoiding their company. Choose the option 

that’s right for you. 

Avoiding the inner critic is more challenging because you carry it 

around with you. A good option is to re frame the negativity and 

imagine that instead of talking to yourself, you’re talking to a dear 

friend. You wouldn’t be rude or insensitive to a friend, so don’t 

treat yourself that way either! 

Identifying Your Strengths 

Believing in yourself is easier when you recognise your strengths. 

We’ve all got things we do well, so why not celebrate them? 

You can cultivate a mindset of self-believe by making a list of the 

things you do best. Are you a great salesperson? An innovator? A 

team builder? 

Write down your strongest traits and abilities and then turn them 

into affirmations. When you’re heading into a meeting or 

negotiation or planning session, read the list and remind yourself 

that you’re a terrific negotiator or a strong speaker. It’ll put a 

spring in your step and help you maintain a positive outlook. 

Overcoming Fears and Negative Thoughts 

The flip side of acknowledging your strengths is looking at your 

fears and negative thoughts and finding ways to overcome them. 

We’re all afraid of something. What sets us apart is how we 

handle those fears. 

With negative thoughts, try re framing them as things you would 

say to a friend. You can even write out your negative thoughts 

and then rewrite them with a positive spin. 

Fears are a little trickier. You’re going to need to face them. Look 

for ways to give yourself the tools you need to overcome your 

fears. For example, someone with a fear of public speaking might 

join Toastmasters to get critiques and encouragements from 

fellow members. 

Building a Business Plan 

Sometimes people fail due to a lack of planning. You’ll have a 

better chance of achieving your goals if you lay out a concrete 

plan for achieving them. 

Writing a business plan takes time and effort. You’ll need to think 

about your specific goals and break them down into actionable 

steps. Decide what resources you’ll need and how you plan to get 

them, and create immediate, short-term, and long-term goals. 

The benefit of writing a business plan is that it will: 

Help you clarify your goals 

Make it easier to tell if you’ve got a goal that’s too ambitious 

or not ambitious enough 

Help you fine-tune your ideas 

Serve as a template for approaching investors, partners, and 

others to talk about your business 

It might be a lot of work, but the time you spend on your business plan will help you achieve a success mindset. 

Getting Inspiration from Successful People 

When you’re aiming for a lofty goal, it’s easy to get discouraged. 

It’s also easy to look at other successful people and tell yourself 

that you can’t do what they did – or that they were never where 

you are. 

The truth is everybody struggles in some way. You can find 

inspiration by seeking out stories about successful people who 

overcame negative thinking or other obstacles. 

One example is the novelist Stephen King. One of his earliest 

novels, Carrie, was rejected by more than 30 publishers before it 

was finally accepted. If he’d given up, he wouldn’t be one of the 

most famous and successful authors in the world. 

Did you know that Bill Gates had a failed company before he 

started Microsoft? And that Walt Disney was fired by the Kansas 

City Star because his editor said he lacked imagination and had no 

good ideas? 

The point here is that if you let the naysayers hold you back, you 

won’t be successful. The only way to succeed is to believe in 

yourself.

 

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