Meshell's Success Misnomer #1 -- There is no can't. There is an infinite number of ways to get to your desired result.
Let's get right down to it. The reason we struggle is not that of a lack of resources. But instead, it is our beliefs limiting our ability to activate our resourcefulness. Most often there is NO ONE telling us we can't. It is what we have been saying to ourselves for so long, we believe it.
And it's these negative thoughts and self-talk, that you can't seem to get a hold of, bringing your drive and determination to a screeching halt. And all that's left... the seeds of dreams deferred and disappointing thoughts that unchecked will harvest the excuses and alibis of why you can't or why you're not ready. We are what repeatedly tell ourselves.
C -- Conditioning
A -- Accepts
N -- Negative
T -- Truths
You see can't is not just a symbol of your disbelief in your abilities. What has happened, over time, is a deep-rooted distrust of yourself. Which bring forth behaviors of minimal effort followed by can't or endless discussions of why it can't work. Still not sure if what I'm saying is true? (Don't believe me?) Here is an activity to demonstrate the power of your negative and recurring thoughts.
Decide to do an activity that makes you feel uncomfortable, by end of the today. Write it down and tell someone who will hold you accountable. Text me if you don't have a good accountability partner 512.937.3263 Now, I want you to capture (write or voice memo) all the thoughts you have, throughout the day, about the impending uncomfortable activity. Here are some questions to help you track your thoughts.
- Are your thoughts positive or negative?
- Do I believe what I'm thinking?
- Are these thoughts helping me?
- What am I imagining about the activity?
- Is my imagination positive or negative?
What do I mean by possibility? It is your belief in yourself to create, to direct your thoughts toward a favorable outcome for all involved. This is why the Top 1% of Sales Performers are exceptional. They work from the inside out. Believing first and foremost in themselves and their abilities before engaging prospects and customers.
Here's an example of possibility. If I gave you a box of vanilla cake mix and said, "bake a cake." What I would expect, and what you would deliver, would be a vanilla cake. Now, if I gave you that same box of vanilla cake mix and said: "make a dessert." Well, now the fun begins! I have set your mind free of the confines of the expected. Your mind begins to expand and imagine the possibility. You get to deliver results that exceed expectations and showcase just how extraordinary you can be... given the chance.
To further illustrate the expansiveness of possibilities. I googled "unconventional ways to bake a cake" and came across, "16 Unexpected Things You Can Do With Cake Mix." Here's the list:
1. No-Bake Funfetti Cheesecake Cups
2. Chocolate Cake Batter Ice Cream
3. Rolo Cookies
4. Strawberry-Lime Gooey Bars
5. Chocolate-Banana Cake Batter Shake
6. Tres Leches Caketini
7. Shortcut Coconut-Almond Macaroons
8. Red Velvet Waffles
9. Skinny Cake Batter No-Churn Ice Cream
10. Caramel Blossoms
11. Cake Batter Fudge
12. Cake Batter Cookies
13. Cake Batter Whipped Cream
14. Key Lime Cheesecake Cookie Cups
15. Orange Creamsicle Rice Krispie Treats
16. Pistachio Pudding Cookies
Isn't it amazing, the power of words?! Two very similar phrases, both with only three words command very different outcomes. What does baking cakes have to do with your success? Well, nothing, I like the metaphor and I like cake....:-)
What I do want you to take away from this, just like the instructions for making the cake, you are giving yourself instructions all day long. Research shows that we think and the average of 12,000 -- 60,000 thoughts per day. And without positive activities and routines over 80% of those thoughts are negative and 95% are repetitive. No wonder it's so hard to succeed. Think about what you are saying to yourself all day long.
- Is it empowering?
- Is it encouraging?
- Is it expanding?
Remember can't limit your thoughts and deters you from you from creating the amazing. People who do incredible and amazing things, those who defy the odds and achieve greatness do so despite their humble beginnings, upbringings, devastating setbacks and heart-stopping losses. They look past what is visible to their eyes and focus on the unseen and unknown.
C -- Creativity
A -- Actively
N -- Nurtured
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I believe the best ways to improve your sales is to improve your mind. The best ways to achieve this are courses, community, and coaching. I welcome you to join us and experience the power of BELIEF!
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