The stories of childhood may seem far away but in truth, the farther we are away from them, the more value they actually hold. The farther we are from those stories, the more difficult it becomes to cultivate the faith that they suggest we maintain – unless of course time is spent maintaining that faith.
That doesn’t mean that belief is a childhood notion either, it just means that it’s easier to hold on to in our younger years. Practice, practice, practice is the order of the day and you can believe your way to almost anywhere.
Belief is not just a matter of imagination though it definitely starts there. The reality of every single man made structure – large and small – began as an imagining that someone decided they believed they could actually make.
In business, we often hear about ‘the decision.’ That magical moment when suddenly everything falls into place and we just know it’s going to work. That is the moment when one believes. Once belief is achieved, our focus becomes different. As the idea goes, you won’t ever see the blue car if you are always focused on the red barn. In other words, if you don’t believe you can do something, you won’t be able to see how to get it done.
“You have to believe. Otherwise, it will never happen.”
― Neil Gaiman, Stardust
When we believe something, we focus on it easily and naturally. While in contrast, if we don’t believe something we tend to work very hard at self-sabotage – unconsciously of course. The real kicker about that though is that belief is built through action and success. So how do we do that? How do we take action to create belief when our disbelief is standing squarely in our way?
It starts with understanding what you do believe in. Do you believe in your upline? Your product? Did you succeed at something in the past that you can build on? Whatever it is, you need to build from what you have and then practice, practice, practice.
If you believe in your product, then use it, use it and use it some more until you are absolutely convinced that everyone you meet will be benefited by it. Then recommend it from that place. You from there, you will build a belief in yourself that you can build the business.
Do you believe in your upline? Then listen closely to their stories about how it was for them when they first started out in the industry. Keep listening and notice the similarities in your situation. Listen like that until you trust them enough to do exactly what they tell you to do no matter how it feels.
Then notice that you are beginning to have some success as you practice, practice, and practice doing as your upline suggests.
Is it something about yourself or your own experience? Spend some time with it. Write down things you appreciate about yourself – especially things that will support you in building belief in your business. Do that every day for a year and I promise you – you will never look at yourself the same.