We’ve all been told that believing in ourselves is essential to our success. Have a strong belief in yourself is especially important when you work for yourself and part of your job is to connect and sell to others. Whenever you are selling something to someone else, the first thing you are selling is yourself, regardless of the product, even in an MLM business model.
Even though most of us know that we have to believe in ourselves in order for others to believe in us and trust us, it’s hard to know exactly how you build that self-belief. For some it seems like self-belief comes easily, but others struggle to truly back themselves up, especially in business situations. Here are some tips for beginning to develop a strong belief in yourself.
Tips for Building a Strong Belief in Yourself
Avoid Comparisons. Comparing yourself to others is one of the most detrimental things you can do to your confidence and self-worth. Anytime we compare ourselves to what our friends or family are doing, we immediately feel like we aren’t doing enough with our lives. Or, on the other hand, we believe we are doing way better than them so we become arrogant. Either way, the impact is often negative and immediate. In today’s digital age, it’s easier than ever to get caught up in what everyone else is doing, so stay focused and remember that your self-belief is not dependent upon others, it’s solely dependent upon on how you perceive your own situation.
Don’t Take Things Personally. Far too often, especially in business, we take rejection too personally. When you take rejection personally, you internalize those feelings and it makes it difficult to bounce back. If you view the rejection as simply a business decision on the other person’s part, then it’s easier to learn from it and move on.
Know Your Strengths and Weaknesses. Having a solid understanding of the things you do well and the things you struggle with can help your self-belief immensely. Knowing that you can pitch somebody effortlessly, yet knowing that you struggle with closing deals can help you understand the things you need to work on or possibly even the things you need to consult a partner about. Finding ways to complement your weaknesses or improve upon them is a big part to increasing your confidence.
Keep a Running List of Accomplishments. While it’s important not to become arrogant, keeping a list of your accomplishments can help you bounce back after a difficult deal or rejection. Knowing what you’ve already accomplished goes a long way to reminding you what you can do, while taking the focus on what you feel like you can’t do at the time.
Each one of these strategies can get you closer to fully believing in what you do and what you are selling. Once you have a belief in yourself, your confidence will shine through and potential customers will see that confidence and it’s more likely they’ll believe in you and your product as well.