Negative thoughts, or core beliefs, hold us back.
Sometimes, they even set us up for failure before we even begin. We are raised being told by our parents that we are what we eat. Such is the same with our thoughts. We are what we think.
Think of the top five most common negative core beliefs you hold toward your business. Chances are, these are thoughts that you have repeatedly. They play over and over in your head like a tape recorder on automatic rewind.
It is paramount that we change these thoughts into something positive in order to succeed. These negative thoughts are the ones that crop up every single time we have a business idea.
Because of the negative emotions that are attached to them, it makes it nearly impossible to go into any project relating to our business and be successful.
PUT IT IN REVERSE!
In an effort to remain productive, we dive into our work and make it a habit not to be stationary. As long as we are working, success has to come eventually right? Wrong!
When it comes to negative thoughts…you have to stop when they crop up and put it in reverse for a minute.
I’m sure you’re thinking that everyone says to think positive but what does this actually mean?
In this case, you’re going to take your top five negative core beliefs that you have about your business and reverse them.
1. I’m not going to try that until I know it works.
How does the above statement make you feel? Is it motivating? Encouraging?
When I say this statement, I immediately feel stubborn, trapped…in a state of waiting. None of these feelings that are attached to this statement are conducive to any business.
Yet this statement plays over and over in my head. How can I make this statement motivating?
New Belief: I’m willing to try it as long as it’s not too risky and I know it’s worked for others like me.
Now say the new belief. How do these words make you feel as opposed to the first statement? Do they prompt feelings of stubbornness, waiting or being trapped? Absolutely not.
With this new statement what doors could possibly be opened?
You may come across some really good times that your followers on Twitter are active. Instead of dismissing it, perhaps you’ll measure the risk, see that it’s helped others like you and try it.
2. I’m the owner/CEO, I have to be aggressive.
Negative thoughts: entrapment, aggression, closed-mindedness, lack of joy or encouragement
New Belief: I’m the owner/CEO. I have to stay alert and promote leadership and teamwork.
New Feeling: Control, respect, knowledge, assertion, motivation, encouragement
3. Work is so hard/stressful.
Negative thoughts: Work will always stress me out because it’s always hard; Work is boring and no fun; I don’t like or enjoy work.
New Belief: Work is challenging and no day is ever the same.
New Feeling: Work provides intrinsic value, is never boring and motivates me to succeed.
4. I’m not a ‘techy’ person.
Negative Thoughts: I’ll always fail at tech issues; I won’t succeed because I’m not tech minded.
New Belief: Dealing with tech issues always force me to learn something new.
New Feeling: I can learn and grow from tech issues; I can conquer problems in my business.
5. Yeah, but change is scary.
Negative Thoughts: Change is bad; Resist change because it’s scary.
New Belief: Change may be uncomfortable, but it symbolizes growth and success.
New Feeling: Acceptance and anticipation for change; excitement; confidence
It is absolutely amazing how one tiny shift in thoughts can alter your emotion. This is a powerful tool that anyone can learn to use. The more you practice, the more powerful it becomes. Invest in yourself, and take a few minutes to reverse your negative thoughts today.
For additional help on identifying your negative core beliefs, please read the original post in this series on Negative Core Beliefs.