The journey to reaching your vision will involve a number of stages or interim goals – the key milestones that will be your targets along the way, providing a route to your dream. Each stage will represent a progression either personally or professionally – or both, depending on your vision. As your goals move on, so will the circumstances you find yourself in and the challenges you’ll face. It’s likely that decisions you have to make will become more demanding and the risks more acute. To handle this changing environment, you’ll need to progress personally, shifting your mindset to a new level at each stage.
The critical steps in growing a business or embarking on a challenging new project will place pressure on the way you think – it will push you into new areas and possibly further than you have gone before. It’s likely to stretch your abilities to the limit. So it’s important to adapt your way of thinking to be able to cope with the new risks and challenges each new situation brings. Otherwise you will find yourself frozen like a rabbit in the headlights, unable to make the necessary decisions to take you forward.
Successful entrepreneurs, for example, will tell you that growing their companies tested their capabilities to the breaking point. How comfortable will you feel if you need to give a personal guarantee to secure bank funding, or learn new skills to support the growth of your business or personal project?
To prepare yourself for the climb ahead, it pays to work out the different challenges you’ll face as you move from achieving one goal to embarking onto the next, so that you can be mentally ready to deal with them. Viewing each goal as a step towards your vision will help you to define the mindset that you need to develop to negotiate each stage successfully, allowing you to move forward with focus and clarity of thought.
Confidence is a key element to going the extra mile. It is one of the key themes of my second book Success Factor – Master the Secret of a Winning Mindset. When you have confidence you feel that you can take on the world – but be careful that this confidence does not come across as arrogant – always underpin your outward facing energetic confidence with humility
Confidence can be viewed in context of two dimensions – the inner you and the professional you:
Inner confidence – your direction in life is clear and you are comfortable with the route its taking. By setting those intentions/goals and moving towards them you achieve a clear sense of purpose, this makes getting out of bed a pleasure. When you have real meaning you feel energised and motivated to get on with things. Confidence prevails because you know what you want.
Professional confidence – being the master of your trade, career, vocation or profession makes you confident when you interact with others. When you know your stuff and you are well prepared with your knowledge and expertise you do away with nerves associated with lack of understanding. You are confident in your approach.
Communication with others whether that be one to one or to a group becomes easier when you can tick the inner and professional confidence box.
When these two areas overlap you become comfortable with yourself and the challenges of life become exciting.
High growth entrepreneurs carry on growing when they are confident in their personal and professional abilities!
Confidence is a key element to high performance and going the extra mile. When you have confidence you feel that you can take on the world – but be careful that this confidence does not come across as arrogance – always underpin outward facing high energy with humility.
Confidence can be viewed in context of three dimensions – inner self, external you and your profession or vocation:
Inner confidence – your game plan for life should be clear and you are comfortable with the direction in which you are heading. By setting personal intentions and putting energy into moving towards them you achieve a clear sense of purpose, it makes getting out of bed a pleasure. When you have a real meaning to what you do, you feel energised and motivated to get on with things
Outer confidence – physical well-being and feeling comfortable with our appearance does away with any inhibitions that we may have about ourself. If you feel over weight, unfit then this can have a negative impact on confidence. Take time for regular exercise, this is both mentally and physically stimulating.
Professional confidence – being the master of your trade, career, vocation or profession makes you confident when interacting with others. When you know your stuff and you are well prepared with your knowledge and expertise you do away with nerves associated with lack of understanding.
Communication with others whether that be one to one or to a group becomes easier when we can tick each of the confidence boxes. When any element is out of sync we end up with an uncomfortable feeling that manifests itself into lack of confidence. When these three areas are aligned we become comfortable with who we are and we reach a state of being confident in our own skin. We connect more effectively with others and take on new challenges far more easily.
All too often we impose self-limiting beliefs on ourselves – this means we don’t achieve the things we really want because we lack confidence to go for it ! We almost become a prisoner of our own mind. I often hear people say “I wish I would have…”, I had this great idea but…….” I could have done….”. We must use our mortality as a motivator for what we do tomorrow. Don’t have regrets, pursue the passion you have, talk about the things you have done, not the things you keep telling others you are going to do! Deeds not words. Take action as this will help you to build credibility – I must admit I do get tired and weary of people that just talk – lets see more doing!