For those that have followed my presentations at various fora, if there is anything that I talk with a lot of emphasis is self-belief or Positive Mental Attitude (PMA). This is what makes the difference between those that will make it or be doomed.
I was very fortunate to have a father who lived beyond his time. My self-belief was inculcated in me by my father in the 70s when I was growing up. Being a straight A student who came top of the class at the end of every term, my father then at some point kept telling me never to lose that position, as he emphasized that’s where I belonged. I took it into my stride and have not disappointed him in that regard to this day. Unfortunately, he is not here to witness that that what he seeded in me has grown and taken me this far.
I just love those people who are full of self-belief, those who genuinely believe they can achieve anything they set their minds on? I am fortunate to count many such women entrepreneurs in my network of friends and peers who personify the idea of self-belief. They are truly inspirational, each and every one of them, and it is a life-affirming experience to spend time with them. They are definitely ‘glass half full’ people. I believe there is a direct correlation between their significant success in business and in life, and their levels of self-belief.
As we all know, to be successful you have to be laser focused on the vision you have for your business and you have to drive the strategy you have developed to achieve that vision. But ultimately, it is your unwavering, passionate self-belief that will get you there. There will always be detractors who will question your vision, your abilities, even your business acumen. But just remember that your self-belief will win out because deep down you know you can achieve anything if you want it badly enough and are prepared to work hard and work smart to get there.
Self-belief and that confidence is what will make any seemingly insurmountable challenges meaningless. In this political, economic, environmental and social times we live in, the challenges are many. But I often ask, has there ever been an easy road to anywhere worth going. I believe not.
Even the Bible teaches us to believe in ourselves. Psalm 18:32-34 “ the God who equipped me with strength and made my way blameless. He made my feet like the feet of a deer and set me secure on the heights. He trains my hands for war, so that my arms can bend a bow of bronze.”
Self-belief motivates people to explore their potentials and this motivation may lead to the achievement of goals and aspirations.