The Perils From Questioning Your Belief

“You have to believe. Otherwise, it will never happen.” - Neil Gaiman

Do you notice how results are linked to belief?

Over many years I’ve led or consulted to thousands of workers ranging from junior to executive levels. The common thread between them is the strong correlation between those who believe they can achieve versus those who don’t. The believers frequently find a way to reach successful outcomes, whereas the non-believers tend to fail more consistently. Is your lack of belief holding you back?

I think it’s fine to be a cynic; hey I’m one myself!!! However, there’s a point where the cynical view needs to stop and replace it with a focused effort to achieve the targeted objectives. Belief gives us hope and without hope, it’s hard to develop resilience and motivation. An alternative is a half-hearted approach that second guesses steps along the way that just won’t get the job done in the long run.

I’ve seen so many people who are technically brilliant at what they do, but their lack of belief has been such an Achilles heel that it’s stopped them from being regarded as valuable team members. In a sense belief is a key ingredient to being productive and effective.

There’s a bunch of areas at work that we might not believe in. Three questions and strategies to consider are:

  • Am I good enough? – what do I need to do, change or focus on to be successful

  • Is my leader good enough? – if I’m unsure my manager’s direction will be successful then share those concerns in an unemotional manner as doing so might help me influence or believe in the direction

  • Is my team’s performance good enough? – help improve culture by leading the way in setting standards for quality and performance

Successful people believe in possibilities and have the courage to act on those because believers are achievers.

I’d love to know your thoughts on this.