I’m going to tell you a story about a good friend of mine, Bill. Bill wanted to work for himself and not someone else, and work at something he really enjoyed. When he voiced his desire to other people, all he heard was, “Most small businesses fail. You have to do a lot of research before trying something like that.” Or “Why would you want to leave a perfectly good job and start a new business? It will probably fail, anyway.” “You don’t want to quit until you have made a pile of money, otherwise you’ll get yourself in trouble.”
Bill started reading books about entrepreneurship, about making plans and getting the right mindset to be successful. He was sure he was doing the right thing, but he couldn’t say why he was sure. He just had this urge to do something on his own and not subject himself to the whims of a boss, a budget, vacation limitations, and monetary shortfalls.
But all this negative talk was getting him down, so he started writing down positive things to tell himself. He wrote:
You can do this, Bill.
You will make $—- by the end of the year.
You’re smart enough to do this.
Fake it until you make it.
You are a success.
Do what successful people do.
All these were well and good, but Bill realized that deep down, he wasn’t believing these sayings. He WANTED to believe them; he knew they were possible, but he was afraid of the time it would take to get there.
Then he discovered another author with a different approach.
Noah St. John, in his book The Secret Code of Success, discovered that the way our brains work is something like Google. Our brains go to work on questions. If you ask it a question, the gears start whirring and thoughts start calculating and well, you know the drill.
Bill found that by phrasing his wants in the form of a question, the positive nature of the phrase lifted him up and his brain thought of or formed great ideas to support those goals. These are Afformations:
Why am I so successful in this business?
Why am I able to make $—– by the end of the year?
Why am I smart enough to do this?
Why am I able to fake it until I make it?
Why am I so successful in my business?
Why am I able to do what successful people are doing?
Wow! What a difference! Already, Bill was feeling empowered, that he had progressed in his business! The plans were forming in his head; he was excited to read until the middle of the night the books that were helping him formulate a plan, and ideas were coming so fast that he could hardly write them all down! Once the ideas started coming, (which blew his mind), he knew that it was just a matter of putting them into action, checking in with mentors and others successful people, without worrying about “what if this or what if that.”
Bill had set himself free of the fear that had been engulfing him and prevented him from pursuing his dream. He knew he could reach it now. He has all the tools he needs within himself. He was enough. He didn’t need to be a genius to be successful. He just had to believe he is successful! His courage soared! He saw so many possibilities! When others tried to caution him, he just smiled and said, “Don’t worry, I have a plan and I know I’ll make it – in fact, I’m already a success!
Ten Ways to Afform Success!
- Why am I so rich?
- Why am I so happy?
- Why am I enough?
- Why am I good enough?
- Why do I have what it takes to succeed?
- Why do I have the courage to do what I love?
- Why does opportunity come to me so easily now?
- Why do enjoy so much success?
- Why do I have more than enough money in my business?
- Why does having what I want help others get what they want?
I believe in you!