Believing in yourself is more important than you believe. The simple answer is that, if you don’t, no one else will. Honestly, no one is willing and able to work harder for your dreams and goals than you are.
Your spouse and your family will believe in you to a certain extent. However, when times get tough, family support tends to wane. It’s not that they don’t love and care about you. It’s just they stopped believing in you.While this doesn’t always happen, it happens often enough to cause conflict. An example is when a spouse or parents initially give you support on a new venture. When the venture doesn’t work out as they believe it should, they start to question whether you should continue with it. If your belief starts to weaken, you may take on their way of thinking.The reason beliefs start to weaken is due to a fear of the unknown. When you start a new venture, everyone is excited for you and will tell you to give it your best shot. However, when the prospects and sustainability of the business become unclear, that excitement turns to fear. When fear takes over, all bets are off!!
The problem is the path towards success for these ventures is not a straight line. Having bumps in the road is normal and should be expected. In fact, this is what defines the success of the enterprise, and the people who are taking risks. It should be welcomed and not feared.The fear of the unknown may start to creep into your psyche. It’s easier to listen to your family and friends tell you to dissolve your business because it is failing. They will continue down this negative path of nagging until you finally give up and stop. If you do choose to give up on your business, they will tell you that it wasn’t meant to be and that starting a business is difficult.That time is precisely the moment that you shouldn’t stop.
Always remember, people never get ahead by quitting. If you believe in yourself, you would have had the conviction to see it through. You would have the appropriate guidance to give you strength to surge ahead. You could have done all of it while telling your family and friends to have some faith. A firm belief in yourself would give you the courage to stand up to them and keep pressing forward. Whatever venture you decide to pursue, know that only by continuing even when the road gets tough, that it will really work. Think of Thomas Edison’s contribution to the light bulb. While he did not invent the light bulb (contrary to popular belief), he made ones that lasted longer. Imagine if he decided to quit after he ran into a few stumbling blocks early on.
In what areas of your life do you need to believe in yourself more?