There have been many studies about how a positive, happy brain will yield amazing results in business, personal relationships and in virtually every facet of your life.
Stories tell of General Stonewall Jackson, a Confederate general, planning a very daring attack during the Civil War. One of his underlings was quite fearful and had heavy objections and fears because of the plan. Jackson put his hand on his shoulder and said, “General, never take counsel of your fears.”
Being in business is definitely not for the faint of heart. Fears of the future, fears of how to accomplish a goal and even fears of how to make payroll are sometimes a part of daily life. In Norman Vincent Peale’s book, “The Power of Positive Thinking”, Peale says that in order to be successful in your business or life, you have to first believe in yourself.
He outlines a few things to build up your self-confidence and have success in life.
1. Formulate and stamp indelibly on your mind a mental picture of yourself succeeding. Hold this picture tenaciously. Never permit it to fade. Your mind will seek to develop this picture. Never think of yourself as failing; never doubt the reality of the mental image. This is most dangerous, for the mind always tries to complete what it pictures. So always picture “success” no matter how badly things seem to be going at the moment.
2. Whenever a negative thought concerning your personal powers comes to mind, deliberately voice a positive thought to cancel it out.
3. Do not build up obstacles in your imagination. Depreciate every so-called obstacle. Minimize them. Difficulties must be studied and efficiently dealt with to be eliminated, but they must be seen for only what they are. They must not be inflated by fear thoughts.
4. Do not be awestruck by other peole and try to copy them. Nobody can be you as efficiently as YOU can. Remember also that most peole, despite their confident appearance and demeanor, are often as scared as you are and as doubtful of themselves.
5. Make a true estimate of your own ability, then raise it by 10 percent. Do not become egotistical, but develop a wholesome self-respect.
Being successful in business means being first successful as an individual and that requires a positive, happy brain. Read Peale’s book for more insights on how to develop these characteristics in your own life.