Ya Gotta Believe

ya-gotta-believeAny sports fans out there?

Ya Gotta Believe is the rallying cry of the New York Mets.  They are currently leading the National League’s eastern conference. If they continue to believe they are poised to make the playoffs this year.

They haven’t always believed. The team has had many legendary, late-season meltdowns.

Jason Day believes which is why after coming thisclose several times he won the 2015 PGA Championship with a record -20 score.

But maybe he needs to believe better because he crashed and burned last weekend and just missed being ranked the #1 golfer in the world.

Why do I bring this up, sports fans? Because in my experience believing you will succeed is a lot easier said than done.

Outwardly, we might say, “oh sure, I believe,” but our inner critic is yelling “hell, no!” in its outdoor voice.

Sports fans, we must silence our inner critics.

Here are some tips:

Deep down you may not believe you deserve success. This is hard, uncomfortable and messy work.

For emotional blocks work with a good therapist or coach and try:

Brene Brown – a psychologist and researcher who writes specifically about shame and vulnerability. Her online workshop via Oprah’s website is effective and easy to follow.

Darcy and Stephanie Sterling offer a Psychology of Success Workshop and webinar I highly recommend.

For practical, tactical steps to believing read Napoleon Hill’s Think and Grow Rich and Shakti Gawain’s Creative Visualization.

For tangible proof that you will succeed make a list of all all the productive, consistent steps you are taking to succeed:

– the game plan you wrote and how you are following it

– the number of hours you are consistently putting in

– the adjustments you have made after listening and accepting constructive feedback

– the research and networking you are doing

Gentle reminder too: The process is never linear.  Let me know how you’re doing.