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By pa360, Dec 26 2015 02:40PM

Like it or not, what we believe is key to what we achieve. Look at it this way, to be successful you must first believe that you can achieve success in the first place. People who believe that they can be successful, organise themselves towards their chosen objective and pursue it until they achieve success. Meanwhile, those who doubt, choose not to organise their effort towards an objective and therefore succeed in achieving nothing. Isn't it sobering to think that doubt is indeed its own belief system, albeit one that traps people in mediocrity and limits their access to opportunity?


So how do you re-model and recharge your belief system? Well here are my six steps to turn belief into opportunity.


1. aim for something that you don’t have – if you have nothing to aim for you have nothing to believe for and if you have nothing to believe for you have nothing to reach for. Whether you have a big vision or a smaller personal target, having something to aim for means that your belief can provide a bridge to get you from where you are to where-ever you want to be.


2. start with reasons why you should, not the reasons why you shouldn’t – if you are going to change your belief system your pre-disposition must be geared towards the reasons why you ‘should’ do things as opposed to the reasons why you ‘should not’. A can do attitude opens up your thought pathways to fresh ideas, new possibilities and innovative solutions that take you closer to your success. By contrast, a can’t do attitude crowds out solutions and makes it easier for you to do nothing.


3. be comfortable with being outside your comfort-zone – everyone knows their comfort zone. It is a place where we feel least threat, least risk and are most assured. However, it is also the place where we are least likely to be tested and least likely to experience dynamic growth and progression. As a rule of thumb, anything that doesn’t require investment will invariably deliver a nil return.


4. beware the path of least resistance – someone once said that ‘you should never second guess your first instinct’, well I beg to differ. Remember, when we face challenges or crises our first instinct is often to travel the path of least resistance. Unfortunately, the path of least resistance often delays and defers until tomorrow what we ought to do today. Things that are easy may be attractive, but ultimately they offer little reward. By contrast, real recognition and a true sense of accomplishment is to be found, when we do the awkward and difficult thing.


5. be inspired by yourself and others – there is nothing more inspiring than the experience of getting something done or seeing others do it. When you have experience of succeeding it inspires you to go again and to reach further and higher than before. Likewise, the achievements of others can blaze a trail and open up opportunities that you might not have thought possible. Yes it is possible that you may believe and still fail, but for sure if you do nothing you will achieve nothing.


6. do not make or accept excuses – few things are more self destructive than the excuse. Those who make excuses only serve to disempower themselves and justify their mediocrity. People who get in the habit of making excuses quickly become complacent and those that believe their excuses end up in a state of denial. By all means assess evidence, appraise options and reflect soberly, but never make excuses.


Belief is an incredibly powerful tool that, once harnessed, can have a transformational impact on our lives and on the lives of those around us. However, in order for this to happen, we need to make sure that our belief system is working for us and not against us.


By pa360, Jan 11 2015 08:23AM

Putting a man on the moon was a truly extraordinary achievement wasn't it? I am no physicist, therefore the practicalities of such an accomplishment are well beyond me. But to coin a phrase, you do not need to be a 'rocket scientist' to appreciate the mind-boggling scale and complexity of what a group of brilliant academics and courageous volunteers were able to achieve back in July 1969. Indeed, it is when you consider the wider context of significant risk to life, uncertainty of outcome and damage to national prestige, that you realise that the moon-landing was not just a triumph of science, it was also a triumph over adversity.


That is belief for you. Dare to believe and you open up the possibility of seeing the impossible. In the face of belief, insurmountable barriers become hurdles, risks become opportunities and fear becomes faith. Some of the most extraordinary achievements in the fields of medicine, science, technology and wider human endeavour have come about because people had the audacity to believe that such things were possible. Energised by their belief, they organised themselves, and like-minded others, to do what no-one thought possible.


If you can conceive you can believe and if you can believe you can also achieve. In believernomics, your belief generates the dynamic energy for what you conceive (in your thoughts) to be achieved (through your actions). If you conceive of something, but upon contemplation, conclude that it is unachievable, the prospect of success dies at the conception stage. By contrast, once your belief accords with what you conceive, your thinking, attitudes and behaviour become energised and you arrange yourself in line with your beliefs. You are then able to focus and target effort towards the goal and objective that you want to achieve. This is why belief is 'dynamic', it invigorates us, gets things going and gets things done.


To create a default for success, you need to organise your thought-life and stop crowding out solutions to your problems. Of course, when you step up to the plate some will say you are delusional. Others will tell you that the risks far outweigh the rewards. But do you know what? Life has a certain predictability about it: if you do nothing, you will achieve nothing.


Indeed, I think it was Nelson Mandela who once crisply observed: "It is impossible, until it is done".

By pa360, Jan 3 2015 09:24AM

When you think of the word 'economy' what are the thoughts that come to mind? Gross Domestic Product (GDP)? Interest rates? Inflation? Job creation. I suspect that you think of all of the above indices plus others.


But do you also recognise yourself as an 'economy'?


I doubt that most people consciously recognise themselves as economies - I know that for most of my working life, I certainly didn't see myself that way. Instead I suspect that most people recognise themselves as individuals within economies or (in the worse case scenario) at the mercy of economies.


I use the word 'recognise' on purpose, because recognition is the first stage in acknowledgement. I may recognise something but fail to acknowledge it through my actions. To acknowledge therefore, is to consciously respond to that which I recognise.


This kind of insight is not new. I think it was Margaret Thatcher, who once said: "Any woman who understands the problems of running a home will be nearer to understanding the problems of running a country". This is because at a fundamental level, our personal economy functions much as our national (macro) economy does.


In simple terms, our belief fuelled by aspiration and ambition, provides the stimulus and optimism to drive our personal economy forward. Meanwhile, the standards that we adhere to (through repetition and behaviour) provide the structure of our economic model, deliver productive output and establish our personal brand or currency. A strong brand provides greater spending power in the market place of opportunity. This in turn boosts our personal GDP, which could be measured in terms of greater personal satisfaction, sense of well being, increased income or recognition by others.


Implicit in this simple logic is the realisation that: if you have the right economic model, you will be well placed to fully maximise your economic potential. So much so that that even in times of economic recession, at national level, your personal economy should continue to experience sustained growth and prosperity.


Of course the flip side of that coin is that if your personal economy is not set up right, even in times of sustained growth and prosperity at national level, it is likely to underperform or worse.


Everyone is an economy. Your belief fuels that economy and provides the basis for a positive economic outlook.

By pa360, Jan 2 2015 04:03PM

I have just uploaded a presentation on 'dynamic communication' on this website. The main message is that, as individuals, we need to look at everything we do as a means of communication. If we do, we will be better able to harness the power of communication to transform our personal economy, increase access to opportunity and improve prospects for success.


As individuals, we communicate as much though non verbal as through verbal methods. Our choice of friends for example, is a form of non verbal communication that speaks to our judgement, character and maturity. Depending on the sorts of choices we make, those near and around us will form opinions and draw conclusions about us. The point about dynamic communication therefore is that we are always saying something even when we think otherwise.


There is good and bad news for us here. The good news is that if we communicate consistency, positivity, assuredness and good judgement, those near and around us are more likely to respond with confidence in us and loyalty towards us. By contrast if we communicate inconsistency, unreliability, negativity and poor judgement those near and around us are likely to respond with lack of confidence and mistrust..


Communicating desirable qualities boosts your personal brand and increases your spending power in the market place of opportunity.


All of the components of your personal economy are vehicles for effective communication - your belief system, goals and standards all speak volumes about what you stand for as a person and the things that motivate and inspire you. Similarly, the choices you make, the behaviours you exhibit and even the way in which you access opportunity are strong visual indicators of the belief and value system that underpin your personal brand.


Dynamic communication is not about getting it right every time - we all get it wrong and getting it wrong is part of the process of learning. Rather, dynamic communication is about understanding the interrelationships, inter-connectedness and interdependencies between the different ways in which we communicate.


If we understand how things work together, we will be able to make them work better.


By pa360, Dec 20 2014 08:04PM

I was in a meeting with someone from a partner organisation earlier in the week and he made a comment in which he divided people into two distinct groups 'producers and 'consumers'. For the sake of argument, a fairly simplistic definition of a 'producer' would be someone in work whose output can be defined as contributing to the well being of society in some quantifiable way. By contrast, also for the sake of argument, a 'consumer' might be defined as someone not in work and therefore otherwise unproductive and perhaps even dependent.


But like I said that would be overly simplistic. For example, what about someone who is working in a reasonably well paying job, but who feels that they are only making use of a fraction of their skills and talents? I am not sure I would always necessarily describe that person as a 'producer'. Equally what about the person who is not in paid work, but who devotes their time to staying at home to raise their kids to be responsible citizens or helps take care of their elderly neighbours? Would that person not better fit the definition of a 'producer'?


But why does any of this even matter? Well it matters to me because in many ways it gets close to the ideas that drive the believernomics project - which is essentially that everyone is an economy with enormous economical potential. That potential might easily be realised in employment, whilst occupying a high-paying job with boundless prospects for improvement. H owever, it might just as easily be realised by climbing a mountain every year to raise money for a charity that working to find a cure for cancer.


Like the macro-economy the thing that drives our individual economies is confidence. But to have confidence, you must first believe in that that thing you are confident in.


Belief therefore is the stimulus to unlock our boundless economic potential.



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