The Power of Positive Personal Beliefs

Henry Ford once famously said. “There are two types of people in my organisation. Those who believe they can and those who belief they cannot. They are both right.”

If you do a review of the beliefs of role models for success – Bill Gates, Richard Branson, Alan Sugar, David Beckham, Muhammed Ali, Richard Bandler, Jeff Bezos, Andy Murray, etc. You will find that beliefs are the pillar of their success.

Well, here are some beliefs they all have in common. Wonder what would happen if you adopted them?

1. Failure is feedback, which leads to learning and thus improvement.
2. Setting clear objectives with an equally clear timetable is essential.
3. Planning long term produces better results long term.
4. In every adversity is a hidden opportunity.
5. I make it happen by taking action.
6. Commitment is the key to excellence.
7. Before my results change I have to change.
8. Knowledge is only power when it is acted upon.
9. Always give more than you expect to receive and you will receive more.
10. I can go with the flow of life or determine it.
11. Anything is possible.
12. I alone am responsible for my results.
13. Whatever someone else can achieve I am capable of doing much better.
14. Limited beliefs create limited people.
15. Your beliefs will expand or limit the beliefs of your customer. If you believe that you are benefiting him, so will he.
16. Belief in success is essential, techniques only help.

The Success Index:

Do the following attitudes and beliefs apply to you?  Yes/No

1. My confidence is unshakable.

2. I am committed to constant and never ending improvement.

3. I am resourceful and have the ability to do whatever it takes to succeed.

4. I see problems as challenges and react to them positively.

5. I have tremendous confidence in my talents and abilities.

6. I control my results.

7. I am committed to perform with excellence.

8. I know that my attitude is totally positive.

9. I am enthusiastic and determined when I need to be.

10. I am eager to get into action as I wake up each day.

11. I know exactly what I want to achieve.

12. I learn by my mistakes. I look at failure as feedback for improvement.

13. I control my emotional state.

14. I eat and drink healthily.

15. I exercise regularly and sleep well.

16. I nearly always have an abundance of energy.

17. I believe that whatever results I want I can achieve.

18. I look forward to the beginning of the week.

19. I set daily outcomes.

20. I respect my colleagues and learn from them.

21. When I meet someone, I make my impression of them by how they come across as well as the specific things they say.

22. I set out to inspire those working with me, when I see them.

23. I am consistently asking myself what can I do to be a little bit better?

24. I know how to use my body language to control my state of mind.

25. I vary my approach to people and problems.

26. If what I am doing is not getting the desired result, I experiment and try alternative ways.

27. I know that my confidence and belief in myself is so strong it is contagious and itself motivates those around me.

28. Fear of failure does not exist for me.

29. My creative ability is incredible.

30. I am very happy when a colleague does well, and welcome the added pressure to get going.

31. I am proud of my work.

32. If I have a bad day it will not effect my confidence the next day.

33. I rarely start sentences with ‘I can‘t….’.

34. I know how to use questions to direct my own mental focus.

35. I have yet to reach my full potential.

36. Belief in success is essential, techniques only help.

37. I can maintain enthusiasm and drive after a setback.

38. I am a really good listener and miss little.

39. I am confident that I can develop rapport with anybody.

40. If people around me suggested that I lower my sights I wouldn’t.

41. If I don‘t get it right at first, I will keep trying and go that extra mile.

42. I am still quite ignorant of my area of work.

43. There is no such thing as a difficult person only an inflexible communicator.

44. Whatever obstacle I come up against there is always a way through, I just have to find it.

45. I alone am responsible for my results.

46. I know exactly what my dream is.

47. I learn something new every day.

48. Whatever happens there is always good news in it somewhere.

49. I visualise a successful outcome for my future.

50. I can tell what sort of a mood someone is in just by the way they answer the telephone.

Calculate your percentage of yes’s. Then of the no’s, circle the three that you would most like to change into a yes.

If you got 100% ask someone who knows you well for their opinion!


Personal Belief Structure

Think of three goal supporting beliefs I currently have (and live) about myself.

Think of three goal stopping beliefs I have.

Now think of three replacement/redefined beliefs I would like for those above are.


Transforming Beliefs

Taking the main goal stopping belief that you would like to change, answer the following questions.

What examples can I think of (at least three) of when this belief was not true or did not apply?

In what way is this belief ridiculous or absurd?

Do the people around me I admire hold this belief?

What will it cost me to keep this belief?

What exceptions are there to this belief?

What caused me to have this belief in the first place? And do the assumptions still hold?


Ask the following questions of the belief you want to have in its place.

What evidence supports this belief?

When have I known this belief to be true?

Who do I know that has this belief?

Do the people I admire hold this belief?

What will happen when I have this belief?


Now you can summarise your Personal Profile and be very well prepared for any questions about your goals at interview.

My Core Values Are.

My Goal Supporting Beliefs Are.

My Long Term Career Goals Are.

My Short Term Goals Are.

My Key Short Term Career Goals Are.