If you believe ... don't hold back!

BY ROBERT WILSON JR. Modified: October 23, 2012 at 9:08 am •  Published: October 23, 2012

On that advice I developed some additional topics, but soon found that the presentation which led to the most recommendations was the one on creativity. What was the difference? It is a subject that I am passionate about. Creative thinking has improved my life time and time again, and it is my belief that it will help others. When I speak on it, I am in the zone.

Is there a business you believe you would be successful in? You would not be dreaming about it -- seeing yourself doing it -- if you didn’t believe you could! Michael Jordan didn’t become a basketball star without developing the skills he needed first. He took as many as 2,000 practice shots a day to imprint those skills into his mental and physical circuitry. Perhaps all you need is practice.

If there is something you want to do, but haven’t tried, then break it down. What parts of the business do you believe you can do? What parts do you believe you can’t do? Do the parts you can do outweigh the ones you can’t? If yes, then you’re off to a good start, and the odds are in your favor.

But if the opposite is true, don’t let that stop you. Belief must be supported by desire. If your desire is strong enough, you will gain the skills and subsequently the self-belief you need to succeed.

Once you’ve identified the parts you can’t do, ask yourself, “Can I learn to do them?” If not, hire someone else who can. Perhaps you don’t even know which parts you don’t know. That’s OK; hire a consultant, or talk with someone who has already succeeded at this or a similar business.

Delegating what you can’t do, frees up your belief system and enables you to focus on what you can.

When you believe you can do something -- you don’t really think about it -- you just do it. It’s the thinking about it that sometimes holds you back. According to David Eagleman, in his book Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain, if you’re getting trounced in tennis, ask your opponent how they are able to serve so well. He says that will cause them to start thinking about how it is done to the point that they won’t be able to do it anymore.

Are you over-thinking your desire?

In my research of creative thinkers and innovators, the one trait I found that was nearly universal among them was the belief that they will succeed. They believe they will be able to create whatever it is they have set out to create. They believe they will be able to solve the problem they are facing.

Thomas Edison may have expressed it best, “I have not failed 700 times. I have not failed once. I have succeeded in proving that those 700 ways will not work. When I have eliminated the ways that will not work, I will find the way that will work.”

What are you waiting for -- if you believe you’ll succeed -- you will. Go for it!

Robert Evans Wilson Jr. is an author, humorist and innovation consultant. He works with companies that want to be more competitive and with people who want to think like innovators. Robert is also the author of the humorous children’s book: The Annoying Ghost Kid. For more information on Robert, please visit http://www.jumpstartyourmeeting.com