“I win because I believe I can..”

Do you play sport?  Golf maybe… or tennis?  Maybe like me you’re a keen cyclist?  I can hear you thinking “so what has this got to do with my business and its success?”  Good question – I’d like to tell you…

Henry Ford famously commented that
Whether you think you can or whether you think you can’t… you’ll be right.”

In other words one of the keys to success is self-belief.  Does that work for you?  I know it does for me.

You’ll have read in the previous article about how you can programme your brain for business success.  It’s all down to your innate human design – a design that has allowed man to evolve successfully over the ages and achieve things that were not considered possible prior to being achieved.

The other vital ingredient in getting to where you want to be is to be found in one of the tools offered in neuro-linguistic programming (NLP)… that of “setting well-formed outcomes”.  In simple terms this requires you to state what you want to achieve, by when and how you are going to start… but everything has to be stated in the positive.

In other words, you programme your mind to focus on the positive outcomes you desire, the things you will need to do along the way and the difference achieving the outcome will make to you.  Through this simple process you end up with a clarity and vision of what you want to achieve… and a pathway to get it.  We’ll be running a more detailed article on this technique in the next Newsletter.

Focusing on what you do want is one of the keys of a successful coaching relationship.  Before you can have what you want, you must know what you want.  Sounds simple, but finding out is often not as straight forward as it seems and knowing what you want in life can be a major challenge!

Working with a business coach can help you to gain clarity and purpose in striving for what it is that you really want.  The truth is that although many professionals in the personal development field make it their life’s work to decide their mission and purpose, it is much less likely to be true for their clients!

If you ask top sports people what is their secret of success, I guarantee that in most responses there will be reference to having a clear target and visualising what it is that they want to achieve… coupled to unshakeable confidence and self-belief in their ability to get there.  Here are some examples:

Darren Clarke after recently winning the Iberdrola Open in Mallorca earlier this month: “I knew I was hitting pretty well but I just needed to get and hold that extra consistency.  As I was playing I just thought through time and time again how I wanted the shots to go – and it worked!”

Roger Bannister after failing to get in the medals in the 1953 Helsinki Olympic final, spent two months deciding whether to give up running.  He didn’t… instead he set himself a new goal: To be the first man to run a mile in under four minutes (a well formed and positive outcome…). He refocused his attention and intensified his training.  On 4th May 1954 he succeeded in running the mile in 3m 59.4s… because he believed it to be possible.  He later said: ““No longer conscious of my movement, I discovered a new unity with nature. I had found a new source of power and beauty, a source I never dreamt existed.”

Lance Armstrong is a legend… before being diagnosed with testicular cancer in 1996 he had only won 2 stages of the Tour de France… after his treatment he resolved to re-launch his professional career… “Anything is possible. You can be told that you have a 90-percent chance or a 50-percent chance or a 1-percent chance, but you have to believe, and you have to fight”… the rest is history – Armstrong went on to win 7 consecutive Tours de France a record still unbeaten!

So – what do you want to achieve?  Do you believe you can do it?  The key to success is being positive and truly believing in your ability to win… as Winston Churchill put it… “A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” Which one are you?