How powerful are your thoughts? Psychologists, philosophers, and spiritual teachers have been saying that the quality and content of our thoughts has a direct bearing on our potential for happiness, success, and self realization.
Many books, such as Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill, go into great detail about how this power can be harnessed to achieve success in any endeavor. The title of that book intrigues me, as does the first chapter:”Thoughts Are Things.” Even though that’s an ancient metaphysical concept that’s been around since forever, it may seem like a revolutionary concept when you first stumble upon it. For most people, it’s an unfamiliar premise because society and even pop culture tends to instill beliefs in us that run counter to the entrepreneurial spirit.
When I was growing up, there was a trendy expression which said “What you see is what you get!” It was kind of catchy, but it also represents the kind of self-limiting, short-sighted attitude that prevents a lot of people from reaching their true potential.
The title of a book by Dr. Wayne Dyer, “You’ll See it When You Believe It,” captures the essence of what it means to be a visionary and design your own future. The sequence of believing something before you see it is counter-intuitive — but if it was logical, then everyone would be doing it! (That may explain why so few are willing to put their faith in a future outcome that hasn’t materialized, yet.)
Inspiration Is The Starting Point
Since most people in this world are affiliated with religions that are “faith based,” it’s surprising that more of them aren’t able to apply the power of faith to all areas of their lives, such as careers, relationships, health, and business goals. While I’m not promoting any specific organized religion, I do believe that we can accomplish more when we open our mind to the possibility that we’re part of something much larger than ourselves — and that we’re not alone.
I subscribe to a daily inspirational email from Abraham-Hicks Publications. One of their recent messages focused on this affirmation: “By [giving] my attention to things, I am making choices.” I interpret that to mean that you’re setting the stage for future decisions, attitudes, and the circumstances of your life every time you focus on a particular thought — either positive or negative.”
I’d also like to pass along a meaningful quote from personal development author Debbie Ford. In her book “The Right Questions; Ten Essential Questions to Guide You to an Extraordinary Life,” she writes about a vision she experienced while participating in a spiritual retreat. During a meditation, she came to the following profound realization :
“Each of us has an internal flame that is the keeper of our life force. Each choice we make either adds to this force, making it stronger, igniting and feeding our flame, or diminishes the force, dampening our internal flame, reducing its power.”
Here’s my take on that concept: Since it requires a lot of motivation, mental fortitude, and inspiration to succeed in a small business, it’s necessary to continually feed your inner flame with uplifting thoughts, positive imagery, and self-affirming words. Once you’ve identified a potential opportunity and created a realistic marketing plan to build your client base, then self belief and persistence play a key role in creating momentum and setting a positive course for your business.
Thanks for checking out my latest blog post on small business ideas. I hope it’s sparked ideas and motivation for getting started on a path of entrepreneurial success!
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Note: Starting and owning your own business entails a degree of risk that can be affected by a number of things, including competitive factors, timing, your financial resources, relevant skills, business management ability, the local economy, and other conditions. To properly set up and run a small business, it’s often necessary to consult with a qualified accountant, an insurance professional, and a business attorney.
Mentoring programs and free small business advice is available from SCORE. The U.S. Small Business Administration offers online training modules, articles on starting and managing a small business, and information on loan programs, government contracting opportunities, and getting local assistance.