Can You Believe It?

WorkMatters Tips Issue #10 – December 19, 2006
Publisher: Gayle Lantz
A quick tip to help leaders and executives who need to motivate their teams and themselves, and catapult their business.

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Can You Believe It?

As you’re thinking about your goals for the New Year, it’s natural to focus on strategies and action plans. In my work with clients, they always want to do something better (e.g., grow the business; improve teamwork; provide higher level service; reach new markets; increase productivity; manage time wisely, build leadership capability).

Your plans may look good on paper. You’ve identified skills to develop or new approaches to try. However, there’s one factor that’s often overlooked — a factor that can make a significant
difference in your ability to achieve your goals: your beliefs.

If you spend as much time boosting your beliefs as you do crafting your plan, you’ll be more likely to achieve your goals.

Research has shown that people who have a strong belief in their ability to achieve a goal are more likely to do so. Consider the impact of belief in these two areas alone:

    * Your Personal Goals:
What do you believe about your ability to achieve a big goal in the New Year? Are you letting negative thoughts or ideas drain your energy? Are you driven by concern or opportunity? What limiting belief can you release?

    * Your Team
What if you had the strongest belief in the potential of your team members? Just as students perform better with a teacher who believes in them, people perform better when they know they have the confidence and support of their manager. Your belief can make a difference in their performance.

If you’re looking for more ideas on this topic, read or re-read a copy of The Magic of Thinking Big by Dr. David J. Schwartz. It’s a timely resource to review if you want to be thinking BIG about
your goals.

I wish you a happy and peaceful holiday season filled with belief about exciting new possibilities for the New Year. As always, let me know if I can help you reach your goals.

We must walk consciously only part way toward our goal and then leap in the dark to our success.
Henry David Thoreau
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