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3 Beliefs That Create Success

To a large extent, your belief system determines your success. See which beliefs to cherish--& which you should avoid.
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What you believe about yourself determines your level of success.  If you want to be successful, incorporate the following beliefs into your daily way of thinking:

1. “I am confident.” If you believe in yourself, you tend to see problems and challenges as speed bumps rather than roadblocks, and have certainty that you’ll eventually succeed.

2. “I am committed.”  If, in your heart of hearts, you are absolutely determined to succeed, you’ll find that motivation emerges naturally from that commitment.

3. “I am in control.”  If you view yourself as the captain of your destiny rather than a pawn of fate, you’ll have the motivation to continue moving forward–even when the going gets a bit rough.

How to Create Failure

On the other hand, if you want to be a failure, incorporate these three very different beliefs into your daily way of thinking:

1. “Nobody believes in me.”  Some people define themselves based upon how they suspect their boss, their co-workers, their relatives and friends see them.  Convinced that people think poorly of them, such people suffer from low self-esteem and lack of confidence. If you had a big project that needed handling: Would you trust someone who didn't even trust himself?

2. "I am probably going to fail.”  Some people believe that failure is so unpleasant that it must be avoided at all costs.  Because of this, they avoid all situations where failure is a risk. But any meaningful endeavor entails risk–so such people seldom (if ever) accomplish anything significant.

3. “Fate controls destiny, so why try?” Some people believe that their status in life and potential as a human being is determined at birth or by the circumstances of their lives.  Believing this allows them to deflect the blame for failures onto things over which they have no control, thereby lessening the pain. But it also gives them an excuse to remain on the sidelines, avoiding real attempts at success.

Changing Your Beliefs

You've probably noticed that these two belief systems are in direct opposition to each other.  Most people actually fall somewhere between these two poles.

The trick is to slide your own beliefs towards the pole that creates success, rather than the pole that creates failure.   Here's a post where I discuss how to do this:

The two sets of beliefs come out of a fascinating conversation  I had a while back with Omar Periu, one of the world's top motivational speakers. If you found this column helpful, click one of the "like" buttons or sign up for the free Sales Source "insider" newsletter.

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Last updated: Mar 5, 2012

GEOFFREY JAMES | Columnist

Geoffrey James, a contributing editor for Inc.com, is an author, speaker, and award-winning blogger. Originally a system architect, brand manager, and industry analyst inside two Fortune 100 companies, he's interviewed more than a thousand successful executives, managers, entrepreneurs, and gurus to discover how business really works. His most recent book is Business Without the Bullsh*t: 49 Secrets and Shortcuts You Need to Know. If you enjoyed this post, sign up for the free weekly Sales Source newsletter.

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