“The man who thinks he can and the man who thinks he can’t are both right.”
Henry Ford was accurate in this assessment. In fact, the way you think, how you use your mind to consider or reason about something, will impact every single thing in your life – including business.
One of the largest hurdles that most entrepreneurs have to overcome starts in the mind.
Eliminating “self-doubt hurdles” in business starts with personal development, activities that will improve your awareness and identity, develop talents and potential, and build up your human capital. And an essential component of personal development is improving how we “think.”
Where It All Begins
“The average number of thoughts that humans are believed to experience each day is 70,000.” Our mind can be likened to an orchestra director – conducting thousands of thoughts … striving for unity, setting the tempo and shaping the sound of our lives.
I’m not clairvoyant, but I’d wager that not all of your thoughts make a masterpiece and most are not to your benefit. But, what makes matters more interesting, is given that our thoughts are directly related to our self-talk (what we say to ourselves) we have quite a daily task ahead of us to filter out the essential and non-essential and run a business of perfect harmony.
Consequently if you’re thought patterns are negative your “self-talk” will follow suit and it will ultimately establish self-doubt — a lack of faith or confidence in who you are and what you can do. Self-doubt is a liability – one so expensive that it can literally eat away at your profits and potential.
How to Eliminate Self-Doubt in Business
If you doubt yourself as an entrepreneur you’ve already lost before the game has begun. If you’re not musically inclined, think of your favorite athletes. Most will attest to the importance of “what they think” before they step onto a court or a field.