People simply don’t realise they are doing this but they are actually stopping themselves from succeeding with the little things they say to themselves or out loud. This can be HUGELY detrimental to their business or their success in everything they do.
Let me explain to you what happened:
Because of the industry I am in (lifestyle and luxury), I get invited to a lot of supercar events. This one in particular was being held at the ‘Top Gear’ test track. For those ‘petrol heads’ out there you will know what this is, for everyone else, it’s basically a race track.
I was watching some of the most fantastic machines going round the track, Ferrari’s, McLarens, Lamborghini’s etc. But there was a particular favorite of mine. A green Lamborghini Aventador. This is a seriously awesome machine and one of my favorite cars of all time. It’s absolutely gorgeous! Even the colour!!
The noise it made was simply incredible and everyone was watching it go round.
Then this fantastic moment happened when I heard a gentleman standing behind me say… ‘I will NEVER be able to afford one of those’.
I looked around at this gentleman who was about 30 years old and I looked at him and grinned. I grinned and I felt almost sorry for him. I was thinking, you are right, you won’t be able to afford one of those cars.
Now that may sound a bit strange and even a bit arrogant but there was a simple reason why I looked at him (normally I would have just ignored a comment like that). But this was something I had been waiting to hear for a while…
I had just heard someone actually telling themselves and everyone around them that they cannot do something! It really annoyed me and I just thought, ‘You are right, you won’t be able to afford one of them – BECAUSE you have just told yourself that you won’t’.
You see, I am no mindset expert, but I have come to realise something throughout my journey in business. Our brains are seriously powerful!!!
You might not think that this is important, but think about what you say and when you say it…
Do you ever say, ‘I can’t do that’ or ‘I wouldn’t be able to do that’ or something similar? You might not think you do this but I bet you do it a lot more than you realise.
The reason you don’t think you say it is because you probably do it subconsciously! You are literally limiting what you can do because you are convincing yourself that you can’t do it. It’s madness when you think about it.
Now I know first hand that this gentleman could in fact afford this Lamborghini, not because I knew him but because I know that anyone can afford that Lamborghini if they work on getting the money to pay for it.
It’s not rocket science, if you want to buy something you need to have the money to buy it, borrow or otherwise. He would just need to think differently and find out the method to get him there.
Put it like this: The owner of that Lamborghini would have seen that car in a showroom one day and said – ‘I want to own one of those one day’ or ‘I will go out and buy that next month’.
It’s just a case of mindset, self-belief and the ability to take action.
Now, some of you might be thinking, well the owner of that Lamborghini already had the money didn’t he?! Yes perhaps – BUT chances are that he had the same thoughts about a different car when he was 30 years old (just like the man mentioned above) but the Lamborghini Owner had a totally different outlook and said ‘I will buy one of those one day’ and guess what… He did…
And do you want to know my thoughts on what the negative chap achieved? Nothing… He just convinced himself in about 3 seconds that he wasn’t ever going to own one of those stunning cars.
This is so true. So make sure you think about what you are saying to yourself and to the people around you. Is it a true reflection on what you really want to achieve in your life or are you saying things subconsciously and thinking about them afterwards?
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