Do you have the will?
Where there’s a will, there’s a way.
This expression has been around for a long time and most people are familiar with it.
Most business owners, entrepreneurs and intrepreneurs will be familiar with it too.
What happens in reality though? Here are a few stories to consider whilst you’re working out a thorny issue of your own.
It helps if you start from the perspective that there are enough people in the world and enough money and resources in the world to achieve whatever it is you want to achieve. Now some people come at problems and challenges from a perspective of lack or limitations. That isn’t going to get you very far at all.
There are around 7 billion people on the planet and more than enough wealth to go around. You just need to find the people and the wealth you want. You also have to be clear about what you want.
A member of my Mastermind Group told me a year ago he wanted to find a really good sales manager for his business. He was crystal clear on precisely the type of person he wanted and the type of experience he wanted them to have. He’d even thought about their values and their attitude so that he got the cultural fit right.
It took him a year to find the right person. He could have compromised, gotten someone in sooner and put up with poor performance and results. However, he chose to continue to focus on what he wanted, be clear about what he expected and continued to take action to seek the right person. This kind of persistence and focus is what makes his business so successful already. At no point did he panic. He remained calm, knowing that the right person would appear and they did.
Another business owner was seeking an investment of £20,000 and had explored the traditional routes, namely banks. The usual business banks were hopeless and didn’t want to know. This left the owner with what she thought were limited options and as soon as her thinking became limited, she ran out of ideas. With a little help from her business coach (me), she realised that there were plenty of people and organisations out there with £20,000. And that they’d be delighted to invest in her business.
She re-set her mind and her thinking and instead thought about where she would find the money. Imagined that she was already in possession of it. The brain cannot differentiate between what is imagined and what is reality. So in her head, she’d already received the money. This meant it was only a matter of time before the way to raise the money appeared.
She did something else too. She had a savings account with several thousand pounds in it and made steps to cash in those savings and invest in herself. After all, if she didn’t believe in what she was doing, how could anyone else?
The opportunity presented itself within two days of this change of thinking. She has now raised her £20,000 without having to cash in her savings.
What are the lessons here? There’s a way.
If you’re stuck, you need to make a clear plan of what you want. You need to visualise it, talk about it, write it down as though you already have it and feel that you already have it. You’ll need to repeat this so that you really feel it. Your brain will be fooled into thinking you have it and it will therefore spot the opportunities in the real world directing you towards your solution. This is based on neuroscience. There’s a bit in your brain called the reticular activation system which will focus on the things you think about and identify more of them. A bit like when you’re thinking of buying a new car, you suddenly see more of those cars on the road.
If you continue to tell yourself there is no solution and no way out and no way of solving your problem, then you will struggle to find a solution. And even if you do, it probably won’t be the right one.
So, say to yourself right now if you’re wrestling with a challenge: ‘where there’s a will, there’s a way.”
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