By Jim Donovan
“How’s it going?” I asked the clerk in the new bookstore. “Well you know,” she replied “it takes a long time to build a business.” I caught myself just before I muttered in agreement and instead said, “Does it?”.
You see, the clerk is simply repeating a commonly held belief, a global belief that it takes a long time to build a business. This is not a fact just simply a belief and limiting one at that.
Unfortunately, it is held by enough people that would begin to believe it’s a fact. We are surrounded by limiting global beliefs. Throughout history, people have been held back by these beliefs.
The world is flat, man cannot run a four-minute mile, man was not meant to fly and on and on until someone came along and disproved them. There is a commonly held belief that 80% of new businesses fail in their first five years.
This is simply not true, this particular inaccuracy is a distorted version for fact from the Small Business Administration, that said that of the business that fail, 80% do so in the first 5 years. That’s a very different statistic.
I’ll bet these limiting global beliefs hold you back. Don’t be the clerk in the bookstore and automatically assume that it will take a long time to succeed. By making this incorrect assumption is hindering their chance for immediate success until the appropriate amount of time passes.
It has been said that if you expect the best you’ll very often receive it. Expect to succeed, expect everything to go smoothly and do everything you can to assure it does. Just because someone or some group of people believe something will be difficult, or take a long time, does not make it so.
Don’t let their walls fence you in. Create your own beliefs, ones that will support you and increase your chances for success. By the way, many businesses have been successful from the very first day. Business that one-day opened to the public and never looked back.