Over the years I’ve been to countless business conventions, meetings and seminars.
Most of them were totally amazing. Some, not so much.
Regardless of the level of inspiration the sessions held, I did glean a thing or two from each one.
A lot of the time, I came home from those events with an inspired soul, fired up, ready to change the world and take action on whatever the speakers had suggested we do. I’m sure many of you have been to similar types of events and know exactly what I’m talking about.
Now, I’m all for development, I greatly appreciated what I have learned over the years being an attendee and I understand the principle of environment in regards to productivity and reaching goals.
But, for many, many years I would end up spending money I didn't really have (because I bought into the rhetoric that the ‘next’ convention would be THE ONE that would change my life…right?), I took time away from my family that I didn’t need to take and I right after, I would end up being super awkward and acting like an idiot being overly excited and not understanding that the rest of the world frankly didn’t care about my event as much as I did. — I’ll add this to be clear though…I do appreciate and do align myself with investing in personal/business development though it has to be a calculated decision weighing risk and common sense. IMO —
I do still make an intentional effort to consistently engage in personal and business improvement which does include attending events, except now I’ve been able to figure out the ‘secret sauce’ to not being a weirdo and to actually apply what I learn.
Instead of being a habitual student who acquired a lot of certificates and put a lot of time in yet didn’t know how to take action, I now get stuff done!
For the most part, I did leave the events feeling super motivated being largely encouraged to ‘believe in myself’ and whatever it was I was doing at the time, but as soon as I got home…it was back to reality.
What changed for me was when I finally figured out that I don’t have to believe in myself to accomplish my goals.
Sure, I may not have had all the know-how or understood the fine details, but I already had and have ‘what it takes’ to be successful whether I believe it or feel it most of the time or not.
Here’s are some truths that guide me;
- I have everything I’m ever going to have and need ALREADY.
- There’s more in me that hasn’t been manifested yet.
- I am the atmosphere creator.
- I don’t have to believe myself.
Do I have to take action? Yes.
Do I know what I need to do but sometimes I just simply choose not do it? Yes.
Do I need to stay consistent with what I do? Yes.
Do I need to be intentional about putting myself in or creating environments that are conducive to my goals? Yes.
Do I need to maintain a proper attitude and serve? Yes.
Do I need someone to hold my hand? No.
Do I need to solely depend on a coach/mentor to tell me what to do? No.
Do I have to ‘wait until the ship is built to sail it’? No.
Do the same people stay with me on the journey the entire way? No.
Do I need approval or confidence from an outside source? Not anymore.
Wherever you are at on the entrepreneur rollercoaster, know that you already have what it takes, you know what you need to do and the best thing you can do is to keep going.
Itty bitty steps if you have to.
Here is a short verse that I was reminded of to share with you from Exodus 14:15:
“Then the LORD said to Moses, “Why are you crying out to me?”…Tell the people to get moving!”
…remember you don’t actually have to believe in yourself, you just have put one foot in front of the other and keep going.