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The Power of Strong Convictions

dollarbill_01By Jerry Stewart - Vision Productions Over the course of my business career I've had the opportunity to see literally thousands of business clients start up a new business and, sadly, I would say only about 20% of those businesses started ever made it successfully.

 But what is it that makes a business venture successful? Of course, there are many, many reasons why a business succeeds or fails. Today I want to speak with you about one very important piece in your business success - the word is "conviction".

Webster's dictionary defines conviction as "a strong belief or opinion". Now that's only a few simple words; but these few words say everything, because for your business to be successful you must be of the belief that it will be successful.

First, we must have the courage of our convictions - we must stand up for what we believe. It was Peter Marshall who said, "The man who doesn't stand for something will surely fall for everything". And here's one for you, "Be sure to put your feet in the right place - then stand firm." Who said those words? Abraham Lincoln.

But can there be too much conviction? Robert Browning said, "There are those who believe something and, therefore, will tolerate nothing; on the other hand, there are those who tolerate everything because they believe nothing". We must have convictions.

Next, we must have the conviction of our actions to get the best results. One wise man said this, "Conviction is a flame that must burn itself out by trying and fighting for a chance to try; and if it stays bottled up inside a person, it will eat that person's heart away".

And just how important are your core beliefs to achieve success? Listen to what Thomas Watson Jr. of IBM has to say about your core believes. He says, "I firmly believe that any organization in order to survive and achieve success must have a sound set of beliefs on which it premises all of its policies and actions". Next, he says, "I believe that the most important single factor in corporate success is faithful adherence to those beliefs". And, last, he says, "If an organization is to meet the challenges of the changing world, it must be prepared to change everything about itself except those core believes".

And finally, regarding your business or any part of your life, know this - you won't survive unless you first believe that you will.

So the question today is this - "Do you believe that your business will succeed? And if not - why not? I don't know about you, but I'm constantly reviewing my business and my business activities to seek a better business success.

But I never allow any business changes to change my core believes.

That’s all for now. Until next week, don’t forget

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