A few days ago I was chatting to some people who were thinking about starting up a business, a really exciting venture, but pretty daunting too. Their professional skills are brilliant, I am sure customers will love their service. But they were worried about their marketing skills - how they are going to go about promoting and selling their business to others. The biggest worry was that they ‘were too nervous’ to approach people and sell their product. Of course, we all know that to sell your product, then you really do have to tell the world it's there to buy, don’t you! But what if your fear is holding you back?
We discussed lots of ideas, however, we kept coming back to the thought “I can’t do that’
And this is what so many people think, if it’s starting up a business, a diet, stopping smoking..... they think - “I can’t do that’.
Let me ask you a question, ‘What if you could?’
Take a moment and think about what you want to do, If you could do that thing, how would you do it? How would you speak, how would you stand, how would you look, what would you say? Really think about this. Where would you be? What would you do? What if you could?
Why not sit with your eyes closed and run a film through your mind, really imagining what you would be doing ‘if you could’. Make that film colorful, bright, vivid, be in that film, right there - the star! See yourself, hear yourself, and feel what you feel as you stand in that film - doing what you can do.
Run that film as many times as you like, and keep running it over and over again during the next days and weeks. Watch yourself, doing that thing, seeing that you can.
Then when the time comes to do that thing in real life, well, you have practiced it over and over again haven’t you? You know what to do, don’t you? So go and do it! Go and do it like you can!
And you know what - You can!