Be Confident

To be a truly successful entrepreneur, there can never be any doubt in your mind that you will accomplish your goals, even if you must occasionally alter your plans to hit the same targets. Your success is as much a matter of your willpower as it is of the skills you will develop on your journey.

There are hardly any successful businesspeople, athletes, community leaders, or artists who do not feel certain of their ability to adapt and succeed. In order to achieve those results that are required to be a success, you need to fight and evolve. Your work process has to be managed as if it is a matter of survival.

Even though your attitude is focused on winning, you should not be emotionally attached to the outcome of any one transaction or activity. Cut your losses if you are certain that you’ve failed, because moving forward, you are going to need a clear head to achieve the highest possible volume of transactions in as instinctive a fashion as possible. This calm and confident mindset will help you focus on your exponentially expansive, efficient and evolutionary money machine.

Reliving past trials and tribulations is a drain on your mental resources. Whether an activity itself succeeded or failed, you should make a conscientious effort to learn positive lessons from everything. Don’t allow the outcomes of attempted sales, deals, or employee issues harm your forward momentum or the ability to execute your plan. Your focus should be on getting the targeted outcome from each business situation rather than your emotional responses to difficulties in the process.

Your job is to make logic out of chaos, to tell people how to act quickly to solve problems but not dwell on the confusion and problems themselves. In the business world, you will find that many people won’t do what they say they will do or what they should do regardless of their intentions (sometimes this includes your vendors, employees and customers). So, if you can execute successful strategies to overcome problems, then you can turn chaos into a strategic advantage.

To achieve your highest goals, you want to be at essentially a military state of readiness and never let your guard down until the war has been won.

In virtually all industries, warriors become successful by consistently believing in themselves, toiling around the clock and testing out every promising business angle.

Winning is a self-fulfilling prophecy: if you decide to be a success, you can be.

The idea that companies have individual products that fail is really a stretch in the first place. As a whole, an unsuccessful company cannot be attributed to inanimate objects and services. Only humans have ineffective products and services, which should be considered ongoing concerns of their creators. The moment one lacks confidence in his ability to make a product evolve to a successful point is the moment it really is on a path to failure.

Certainly not every product can be saved, but failed products and services are generally the result of their creators’ and managers’ cognitive states. You have to make each product work by using your head to deliver what your plan calls for and by using the procedures that your company has predetermined will lead you to success.

So you need to have confidence in your plan, and that confidence will be reflected in your products, services, and ultimately, profits.

Building your confidence is an evolving process that starts by saying to yourself, “I believe I can win.” (Thank you, Michelle Wie.)

If you haven’t tried a logical business concept to the best of your ability, don’t assume the idea itself won’t work. In fact, most concepts are sound in theory but not executed according to their original plans. When this happens, no excuses will suffice, nor will they help to solve the problem or reverse the failure. The only option that will work is rational and decisive action.

Starting modestly while steadily evolving your business concepts can ultimately help you understand how to accomplish your goals. A key to your small tests is to get the processes rolling quickly and get through all the embarrassing mistakes so you can improve rapidly. It is important to realize that failure and rejection are required for success. You have to dare to fail every day. Keeping too safe isn’t really a safe long-term strategy. Granted, it will spare you some loss and embarrassment (i.e., from going one-step back) but at the expense of the compounding growth you require (two steps forward). Tempered risk along with good decision-making is the path to high rewards.

Many unsuccessful business ideas could have worked, if they had been properly optimized and leveraged. For example, Google and Yahoo are still thriving while AltaVista fell by the wayside. At one point, they were on par; however, AltaVista apparently didn’t have enough confidence or the ability to execute their own business model. In hindsight, we believe if they had moved forward more confidently, like their now billionaire peers, Alta Vista possibly could have been as successful as Google.

There are few secrets in business; nothing is being hidden from you. The methods of developing better business practices are clear if you are looking for them.

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