“Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you are right.” – Henry Ford

A big part of your personal and business success is linked to your mindset. I am fascinated by how the mind works and I spend every spare moment reading up on what affects our thinking, behaviour, and actions.

Most people mistake their beliefs for the truth. Even if it’s not in their best interests, some people resign themselves to their fate because of this.

The possibilities that exist in your reality are defined by your beliefs. When you say, something is impossible, it actually becomes impossible for you. If you believe life is complicated. You will experience things not going the way you wanted them to go as daunting obstacles rather than exciting opportunities. If you feel ‘I’m not capable’ or ‘I’m not competent’, are you likely to try something you aren’t sure you can do? And if you tried, do you think you would succeed with these self-limiting beliefs?

Beliefs operate at the subconscious level.

Most people are unaware of their subconscious beliefs, which are often in conflict with their conscious thoughts. For example, a person may consciously be seeking love, but subconsciously they may feel unworthy. Unless their belief is made conscious and positively transformed, it will continuously sabotage their best efforts.

Here’s an excellent example of how your thinking will massively influence your actions and your results in business. A good friend asked me a question a couple of days ago. He wanted to know how I thought the economy was doing, as the people he had been speaking to felt that the downturn was going to get even worse.

Advanced thinking shows us that what you believe will always affect your actions and your results. Numerous studies have shown that people who think they are going to be more successful become more successful. People who believe they are leaders are better leaders. People who believe they are positive and optimistic will always do better than cynical pessimists.

The power of your beliefs goes even further – your feelings can also directly affect your health. When pharmaceutical companies test a new drug, they do double-blind studies where one group gets the real drug. In contrast, the other group receives an inactive tablet. This is known as the placebo.

We don’t believe what we see, we see what we believe!

What’s fascinating is that a proportion of the people who get the placebo are cured. How does this work? The only explanation is that because they believe they’re taking the real drug, their beliefs affect their body, and their internal healing mechanism is activated.

If you stop and think about that for a moment, the implications are staggering. It means your beliefs can directly influence your health. If your expectations can help you recover from illness, do you not think it’s possible that your beliefs can also impact your business results?

Do you think it’s possible that business owners and managers who are bombarded with news stories about economic downturns, and who are surrounded by people moaning about how bad business is, actually start believing all this? Whether it’s true or not? And do you think it’s possible that if you believe we are in a slowdown, you start acting differently in your own business whether or not there is a slowdown?

Believe it! People develop a sort of business depression. They slow down. They blame every problem on the economy or outside circumstances. Before they know it, they’ve created the downturn and uncertainty in their own business through their lack of action and belief.

The principle behind this thinking is called the Law of Attraction. In the world of quantum physics, we know that everything is energy. Everything has its own vibration, and I mean everything, including beliefs.

People attract to themselves those experiences that match their existing belief system.

They get to see what they believe. Therefore, they mostly attract what they expect (be this good or bad), so be careful what you think. 

“The only ceiling in life is the one you give it.” – Anonymous

An extract from my book Smart Thinking for Crazy Times