Among many other notable quotes, Henry Ford was famous for saying “if you think you can or can’t, you’re right.” As much as we would like to believe that our biggest obstacles in life are racism, discrimination, poverty or any other long list of potential roadblocks, the truth is, you can generally go as far in life as you think you can. We all hold certain limiting beliefs that can keep us from achieving our full potential if we let them. Here are 3 keys to overcoming them.
- Stop trying to be just “nice”
Most individuals have been raised to believe that being traditionally “nice” is a definite path toward success. Unfortunately, the term “nice” lacks any sort of formal definition, which means your pursuit of it can actually make you avoid any action that might potentially make you appear bossy, assertive, or aggressive.
Instead of trying to be traditionally “nice,” aim instead to be ethical, kind, and polite. Being polite allows you to fairly express a strong opinion or disagree in a conversation without being confrontational.
- Stop waiting
All too often do we wait for people to give us things rather than go out and pursue them ourselves. We wait for raises, promotions, or even for someone to simply take notice of us. The truth is, most of your superiors and managers might be more focused on building their own careers.
While bragging can be a difficult thing to do, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t draw attention to your strengths and legitimate contributions at the appropriate times. Great leaders and managers will notice and will recognize your efforts in one way or another.
- Set both impossible goals and daily achievable goals
To this day, the idea of a man walking on the moon still seems like something of an impossibility, even though it has actually been done many times over. The sheer number of obstacles that had to be overcome to make that happen is mind-boggling, particularly when you consider the technology that they didn’t have available to them at the time. But, they did it by solving one problem at a time, and one calculation at a time.
Thomas Edison is famous for trying 1,000 different experiments before discovering a working light bulb. He followed this up by famously saying, “I didn’t fail 1,000 times, I just found 1,000 ways that didn’t work.” Set a big, seemingly impossible goal, then keep putting one foot in front of the other until you’ve achieved it.