Can I be honest and tell you that I have given a lot of thought and study to this idea. I have been watching people sell themselves, and their skills, craftsmanship, ideas, leadership… for all of my life. I have watched coworkers on the job present themselves, and i myself have found myself having the make a sales pitch, a slide talk, or teach a class. Communication has so many layers – its not just what you say with your lips, but your tone, your actions, your intuition, or even what just happened that affect the message you are conveying.
years ago while I was riding the bus in to work I was catching up on reading… and an article in Inc magazine summed up so much of what I’ve believed about thoughts impacting life. It is funny timing for that article because the day before Steve and I had a long discussion about how we are really committed to our soap products becausewe believe in what we sell… and convey this with everything from the labeling of our products to how we market, and what we say to customers. Genuine believe can not be duplicated.
In the article titled “11 Mental Habits That Will Improve Your Business Savvy” Neil Patel provides some clear points and there at the top of the list were the words that confirmed my suspicion.
1. Have positive beliefs”. The power of positive seems to make all the difference in building interest, enthusiasm and understanding. Honestly i must say that it is so much more winsome to be around someone who is excited about life, their product, their job, their car, their new litter box… whatever. That enthusiasm is contagious and it is the spark we need. His second and third points are a bit more challenging, although I have certainly lived through them and would agree:
2. Have Unshakeable Confidence
3. Use fear as fuel.
Certainly i could just continue to feed the article to you, but i think you are more of a reader than that. I have included the link to the article above. Simply click the title of the article to visit and read it for your self.
So what is my intention of this blog post? It is to share what I am learning about how confidence, determination, willingness to make mistakes but learn from them and moving on/choosing to grow are qualities that are critical to growing a business, growing a successful life, and making a difference in the world. I think we all tend to want to hear the words of someone who is enthusiastic, and vulnerable. I think we would even listen to the story of such a wonderful purchase of a new litter box if the conversation is upbeat. I am learning that our world is filled to the brim with gloom and doom, of naysayers, and people who are critical of everything. We all want to believe in people and products. But we gravitate to the stories of courage, of daring determination to rise, of the underdog, or the least likely one who finds their voice. What we think of ourselves, and of our work impacts everything. It is like that proverbial pebble tossed into a still pond…. the ripples reach out far beyond us alone.
This is all good advice, and crosses all realms of life, but if you are an entrepreneur be mindful that your mindset affects more than you, and your business. It impacts everyone you touch. Make it amazing!!!
I hope you have a few moments to read the article in Inc – and find it encouraging.