I believe it was the great visionary and theme park extraordinaire Walt Disney who said, "All of our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them." Disney also noted rather directly that "the way to get started (towards your dreams) is to quit talking and begin doing." Too many of you, as business leaders, relationship-builders, and sales professionals, are allowing doubt to take place of initiative, and prefer the ease of procrastination to the discipline of pursuit. It's time to stop.
Doubt is not who you are
Indeed, doubt is not in your spiritual DNA. Understand that we’re not talking about the importance of challenging assumptions, irrelevant theories, and the all-too beloved status quo. To challenge is a holy endeavor. To disrupt can lead to a beautiful creation. But to doubt is to deny who you are and what you have been designed and purposed to accomplish in your life and business.
In our work with top performers, we’ve found that doubt breeds the following negative tendencies:
- Doubt breeds hesitation. It’s the leader who is reluctant to make the tough decisions and finds irrational comfort in making no decision.
- Doubt breeds procrastination. It’s the leader who consistently delays what’s most important and invests his time in what’s less important.
- Doubt breeds obscurity. It’s the leader you never hear about because success requires bold, decisive action, while the rest is nothing but commentary.
Here are three simple, pragmatic strategies and exercises for replacing doubt with real action that produces powerful results, for yourself, and for everyone involved in your organisation.
To get from where you are to where you want to be, you need to become more of who you were designed to be. Granted, perfection is not the goal. But that doesn’t mean we need to live with limiting self-beliefs and the world’s latest take on how to succeed personally and/or professionally. As in the sport of tennis, where the greatest champions hit the ball in the center of the racquet almost every time, our goal is to live in and from our sweet-spot, not around the outer edges. These three strategies will help you do just that:
1. Connect with the right people. You really need to stay away from scoffers, the people who mock, jeer, and don’t have your best interests at heart.
Three mockers in my life are…
2. Confront your negative self-talk. You really need to treat yourself better. That starts with the words you say to yourself. Jim Rohn, author of 17 different written, audio, and video media, states, “Words are like seeds. They can take root and grow in a person’s mind for years.”
One word or phrase I can stop using immediately is…
3. Create tremendous value for many others. You really need to stay connected to your mission. The ancients taught, “Whosoever will be great among you, shall be your servant.” Are your mental and physical energies primarily geared towards victory (productively serving others) or vindication (non-productively getting back at others)?
Our work improves the quality of our customer’s lives in the following three ways…
All business segments, whether it be sales, high technology or widget-making, require varying degrees of confidence. Customers respect self-belief and machinery demands that you not be afraid to press the button. It's time to delete the doubt once and for all.
By Rene' Vidal, A six-time NCAA championship coach, René Vidal is president of S-Curve Coaching Institute, a leadership development boutique for top performers, teams, and organizations. Vidal also serves as co-author of Play Smart to Win in Business: Leadership Lessons from Center Court to Corner Office (June, 2015).