Confidence plays a crucial role in your ability to succeed. With it, your aspirations are achievable. Without it, you remain powerless and stagnant. Being an entrepreneur can be intimidating, but with confidence, you’ll be able to more effectively lead your team and attract new business. You’ll feel empowered to approach new clients, share your ideas, and connect with your other business owners. Here are a few ways to pump yourself up.
Shine a light on your limiting beliefs:
It is time for you to get out of your own way. You know that little voice in your head that says, “You don’t have enough experience, that client is too big for you to handle, you don’t have the resources to start your own business?” These statements are known as limiting beliefs and they have the overwhelming power to hold you back. If you tell yourself you’re not good enough to succeed, you won’t succeed. Take a moment to get clear on what your beliefs are and how they have inhibited your growth, financial or otherwise. The best thing about uncovering these beliefs is that you have the power to make the choice to change them.
Retrain your brain:
Now that you’re aware of your internal dialogue, you can train your brain to be more confident. Every time you catch yourself being negative, stop yourself in your tracks. When you reflect and become self-aware, your confidence will flourish.
Upon embarking on your new confidence routine, remember that there will be difficult times when your limiting beliefs start to creep back up. Call for backup! Think of three people you can call upon when that negative voice is in your head. Enlist them to protect you from listening to the thoughts that keep you from growing your business as planned.
Uncover what makes you special:
Growing your business requires you to share your gifts and talents. Using your authentic talents, that come naturally to only you, are your best resource. That should take the pressure off of feeling like your talents need to be something you create—you already have something to offer just by doing what you are already good at. Write down 10 occasions this week when you had a positive client interaction, made a sale, or felt as though your growth was moving in the right direction. Once you have 10 items, start looking for the common themes. These themes are your calling and will be the best way to feel fulfilled and remain passionate about your business.
Celebrate your Success:
Confidence is a muscle that needs to be flexed in order to grow. It is important to note that you must shift your perception; learn from your disappointments and celebrate when you work hard and reach goals. By acknowledging and learning from the good, the bad, and the ugly, you take away the “fear factor” in trying.