With so much useful and free information on business success available to entrepreneurs on online, it’s a wonder every entrepreneur who would dare to try wouldn’t be massively successful.
In less than half a generation, knowledge on anything is everywhere and more accessible to everyone than ever before in human history. If you’re an early stage entrepreneur or solo professional in this day in age, you know how to obtain tactical knowledge from the outside world–but what about the inside world of your creativity and imagination? The formless, good dirt where the seeds of your future are planted?
Just a friendly reminder if you are beginning a new idea–more important for your success than obtained knowledge, is the quality of what you're currently thinking about. And the quality of what you think about forms the quality of your emotions, and what you’re feeling will, in turn, drive your behavior or action. Actions determine results. This is the law of cause and effect at work, and just like gravity, it’s always on.
The seed of every success lies in the dominant frame of mind, not in knowledge, talent or skill.
Everywhere I go speaking and working with entrepreneurs, many are “hopeful” this will be the year for harvesting. I hope so too, but for me, hope is not enough to put hay in the barn. Hope is not the dominant frame of mind that will make things happen.
Naturally, it’s the ultimate zen challenge for all entrepreneurs in the process of building a bigger future for the world and themselves to remain in the right frame of mind. I’m not talking about trite and cliché positive thinking or affirmations here (although that’s helpful too), I’m talking about faith and belief– not hope!
Do you believe without reservation that your vision / dream / desire / goal is on its way to you right now; or are you uncertain, doubtful and fearful, trying to obtain more outside knowledge to hedge your risk?
Belief is the effect that faith causes. The amount of one determines the amount of the other. You can never have more of one and less of the other. But you must first have faith to believe.
Not the kind of faith you have when it’s happening and things are going your way. No, I’m talking about the kind of faith required to believe in something you don’t see happening or producing the results you expect. The kind of faith that confirms “you just know you know” this idea will succeed in spite of any current evidence to the contrary! Faith beyond belief.
This is real Jedi mind level stuff, but there’s nothing complicated about creating results in the world. It’s a pretty simple formula:
Faith will power your belief, which creates your emotions, that drive your actions, which determines your results.
If you’re in the critical stages of inventing or reinventing your business, entering new markets, appealing to different customers, innovating new products, recovering from a recent business failure, even starting over from scratch, here’s a first principal I find helpful to practice whenever I start to ponder what I want my next big idea to be:
Never desire what you don’t expect to experience, nor expect to experience what you don’t desire.
Faith and Belief are twin sisters. Together they must occupy your dominant frame of mind. Put your energy into strengthening your faith and belief in your big idea, not just more knowledge of tactics.
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