Do you know what you want? Do you know that you have the power to produce it?
There isn’t a magic formula, and you don’t have to wear a superhero cape (although that could be fun on certain occasions).
The Power to produce what you want comes down to belief.
People who consistently get what they want in life and business have a strong belief in themselves. People who don’t produce what they want even in the face of many opportunities have higher levels of self-doubt and hold on to beliefs that limit themselves.
The belief super power in psychological terms is called efficacy.
The Power of Belief
If you look up efficacy in Google, you’ll see that it means the ability to produce any desired result. If you then search self-efficacy, you’ll see that it means your belief in your ability to succeed in achieving in any situation or accomplish any task.
With high self-efficacy, I confidently believe that I make good decisions that lead to getting stuff done and getting my intended results. Looking at a situation, I’m thinking “I can do it”, and then I’m making decisions, taking necessary risks, and bringing about the end result.
Is it always easy? Sometimes. Sometimes not. In fact, there may be setbacks or obstacles.
Here’s the difference. A person with low belief in himself will use that setback to reinforce the chatter in his head that might go something like, “What was I thinking?” “Why did I even try?”, “You’re so dumb to think you could even do it.”, “Just give up.”. These self doubts build up in the mind, and lead to thoughts about failure, which ultimately lead to less persistence.
On the other hand, studies have shown that a person with high belief in herself encounters a setback thinking it’s a learning experience and says to herself, “Let’s keep going. I’ll make it happen”.
It Comes Down to Perception
Here’s the amazing thing about the power to produce what you want. Your decisions and actions have little to do with your actual skills and resources.
Don’t get me wrong. Learning valuable skills and having a great supportive community and having funds available are great assets given certain situations. But, they have less to do with your decision-making and behaviors, than the way you think about yourself and the situation that you’re facing.
That’s right. Your thoughts and actions are more about how you perceive a situation and how you believe in your ability to handle it, persist, and get the outcome you desire.
Perceived self-efficacy is paramount for entrepreneurs.
The power of entrepreneurs to believe that they can achieve any given task and get the desired results is the key to success. It’s important that you keep building your thoughts in a way that you confidently believe that you have the power to produce what you want and desire.
As an entrepreneur, you’ll aspire to the next levels of greatness, you’ll see more situations as opportunities, you’ll set higher goals and exceed them, you’ll persist when things get tough, and you’ll remain open to always learn more and grow.
4 Ways to Build Your Power of Belief or Efficacy
- Get Clear About What You Want – Is the situation in front of you what you want, or is it something that others want for you or from you? Before you can get what you want, being clear and specific about your goals puts you in the mindset to go for it even when challenges appear.
- Celebrate Your Wins – The strongest way to build self-efficacy is to experience accomplishments. Begin to break down situations or goals into small easy steps. With each step accomplished, take the time to recognize it and feel the achievement. Appraise your performance, make adjustments, celebrate your wins, and repeat. You’ll begin to believe more and more that you have what it takes to get what you want.
- Surround Yourself with the Right Tribe – You want people in your life who reinforce your positive self-talk and thoughts of being competent and successful. Walk away from the fault-finders, excuse-makers, and criticizers. Motivational expert, Jim Rohn said that you’re the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with. Choose trustworthy people who believe in you and reinforce your perceived ability to produce what you want in life and in business.
- Find A Coach or Mentor – You’ll want to learn from others who have “been there and done that”. Take the experiences of a good coach or mentor and vividly visualize yourself doing the same thing. Observing and even imitating other people who have faced struggles and achieved success helps us learn and builds up our belief in our own ability to accomplish our goals.