How many times have you said to yourself, “I can’t do that” or “I will never achieve my goals”? Have you thoroughly convinced yourself that true success is just out of your reach, letting you get your fingertips close enough to it to feel its warmth, but never seeming to actually touch it?
It is very easy to be negative and talk yourself out of doing great things. In fact, if you’re like most people, you engage in this type of defeating self-talk on a regular basis, stopping yourself from even trying, let alone giving yourself a chance at succeeding when it comes to your personal and professional happiness.
In order to achieve all that you’re capable of achieving and reach those goals that you set for yourself long ago, you have to believe that you can. You need to remain positive in the pursuit of your life-changing dreams and know beyond a shadow of a doubt that you will do that which you set out to do.
Admittedly, this can be difficult when you are going through the process. When all you see are hills and mountains before you, it can be very tempting to just give up and walk away. The journey seems too daunting and you question whether you have the strength, will, or skills necessary to survive.
My aunt felt that way when she was face-to-face with an opportunity to open her own bakery. Her self-doubt came to the surface of her mind and tried to talk her out of taking on such an endeavor. “Why would anyone want to buy your baked goods?” she thought to herself. “You’ll never make it in this small town. You’ll end up closing your doors within a few months, broke and a failure.”
Luckily, she didn’t listen to this negative inner critic. She chose to stay optimistic about what she could accomplish and had faith that she would succeed. The result?
She owns a bakery that is not only surviving, but thriving. It has been open for over 20 years and just won Best Paczki in Mid-Michigan. She has more than enough business walking in her door and her dream has become her reality.
Where would she be if she hadn’t taken a chance and chosen to stay positive? It’s hard to tell, but one thing is for sure: she wouldn’t be doing what she loves every day of her life like she is now. And she would likely be regretful and resentful for not following her passion and doing the one thing she’d always wanted to do.
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Whether you want to start your own business or open your own franchise, don’t let the opportunity slip away into the darkness of self-doubt and disbelief. Decide that you are going to do what it takes to reach your goals and let positivity and faith lead the way to your success. It is then that you will live a life full of happiness. A life that is so fulfilling that you’ll have to pinch yourself to make sure it is reality. That it is your reality.
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