One of the biggest stumbling blocks to success is tied to your self-belief.
It’s not so much the external factors that create real blocks, it’s usually because of the way you think.
You most likely have an idea (probably plenty of them if you’re like me), goals that you’re trying to achieve.
It can feel like a constant battle to move forward and difficult to focus and stop distractions.
The challenge that you’re coming up against is with your thinking and beliefs. Everything that is in and around your life. The people, the media, the groups you take part in and the things you listen to and read.
This influences your mind and effects how you plan or take action.
Too many times you get trapped into small thinking. The type of thinking that doesn’t stretch you into BIG things or the possibility of what could be.
This mindset leads to constant circling of thoughts, a brain not at rest because it is without direction or decision.
Your mind is trying to keep you within a predictable comfort zone. It loves living in the familiar of what you already know and protecting you from the ‘what if’s’ and unknown.
Your mind is a complex and fascinating powerful part of what God designed in you.
The brain has amazing potential but it also has highly developed protection mechanisms to help you survive. The job is to save you from perceived dangers (real or imagined) and unfamiliar situations, to help avoid the insecurity that arises when you want to create change and growth.
The challenge is to break through this to create the change needed to reach your goals.
This is why you say you want to do something but then you don’t do it.
Somewhere in your subconscious, there’s an agreement of your limitations and fears. And despite excitement for your goal and dream, you meet the same hurdles that limit your growth.
So let’s set things right and refocus on how to create a success mindset.
Belief must come first for you to push through. Even a small seed of belief has the potential to create a giant tree of possibility.
The bible tells you that faith comes by hearing the word of God. So if faith comes that way – are you putting yourself in an environment where you can hear what inspires faith?
Be intentional about listening to inspiring ideas, engage with like-minded people and create a zone around you of learning and growth.
When you begin to take action you will develop belief and clarity. It helps you focus on taking the next step. Then, as you get results or momentum, your confidence increases and your energy lifts.
How you take care of your own energy will impact your success thinking.
You know that when you’re happy, excited, or stimulated, your energy is pulsing. You feel like you can do so much. But negative energy is the opposite.
If someone is critical, gossiping, or squashing your enthusiasm, it affects you. It makes you smaller and less engaged.
Protect your environment and yourself. Steward your energy. Stir up your faith. Guard your mind like it’s worth more than all the diamonds in the world – because it is. That’s the kind of environment I like to create on my Facebook page – I’d love to have you connect with me.
Are you uncomfortable with your goals? Are you stretching yourself daily? To break the habits of thinking small you must create a new habit.
Be intentional with how big your thoughts are. Dare to step into what you cannot do alone. Do not limit yourself as you develop your belief. Choose not to stay contained by your current skills, circumstances or abilities.
Faith requires that you take action BEYOND what you can do now. You are capable of great things. God has designed you that way.
When you partner with Him by faith, this is when all things become possible. He blesses the work that you do. But you need to take action for Him to bless it. He’s not able to bless anything if you’re just sitting around waiting for it all to fall on you.
First, you sow the seed, then the harvest. It’s a universal law. Create an environment to believe big.
You need to be able to not just believe big but think success thoughts. Don’t be negative and think about what could go wrong and how you might fail.
Cultivate possibility thinking, that sees your success as reality. You may not know all the steps to get you there right now, and that’s ok. See yourself accomplishing that goal, as if it’s already done.
Hold the vision. Hold the picture of success. And then commit to the journey in a positive way. That is the power of faith in action.
Your mind is often the one that condemns, criticises or has excuses that stop you. The brain protects itself against perceived threats and change.
On one hand, you want to reach your goal but on the other, you hit the resistance factor. The thought that says ‘Whoa, wouldn’t you prefer to not put yourself under that kind of pressure’. Or if you’re like me ‘it’s too hard to deal with, go and have a coffee instead’.
Get into the habit of speaking life to yourself. Tell yourself that you are worth the hope, effort and dreams.
Be quick to grab hold of the thought that makes you shrink back.
Become hyper aware when you get that feeling. Identify where it came from and do whatever it takes to remove yourself from that environment.
Speak out loud to yourself in a positive and affirming way. It helps to HEAR words of encouragement to ignite your faith in the possibilities again.
The power of belief is the key to having a success mindset. It empowers you to dare to believe in what is possible and helps you to take action to see results.