Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Here’s Some Awesome News if You’re Struggling with Self-Doubt



“Your life is only limited by how far your thoughts and actions will take you”.
Jackie Capers-Brown

Are you questioning if you have what it takes to realize a dream or goal you’re pursuing or want to pursue? Welcome to the club. High achievers experience fear and self-doubt. We don’t allow it to paralyze us. We find a way to tap into a greater measure of the seeds of greatness within and take action anyway. You can do the same.

Check out the following quotes and how they were proven wrong by people who believed in their dreams and ideas in the face of naysayers. Together, we can disrupt the status-quo by embracing the fullness of our potential. Together, we have the power to create a shift that positions us to have a greater impact on the world around us.

“I think there is a world market for maybe five computers.”
~Thomas Watson, Chairman of IBM, 1943~

“There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home.”
~Ken Olson, President, Chairman and Founder of Digital Equipment Corporation, 1977~

I have traveled the length and breadth of this country and talked with the best people, and I can assure you that data processing is a fad that won’t last out the year.”
~Editor in charge of business books for Prentice Hall, 1957~

“This telephone has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as a means of communication. The device is inherently of no value to us.”
~Western Union, internal memo, 1876~

A cookie star is a bad idea. Besides, the market research reports say America like crispy cookies, not soft and chewy cookies like you make.”
~Response to Debbie Field’s idea of starting Mrs. Field’s Cookies~

“We don’t like their sound, and guitar music is on the way out.”
~Decca Recording Company, rejecting the Beatles, 1962~

“I’m just glad it’ll be Clark Gable who’s falling on his face and not Gary Cooper.”
~Gary Cooper on his decision not to take the leading role in Gone With the Wind~


“So we went to Atari and said, “Hey, we’ve got this amazing thing, even built with some of your parts, and what do you think about funding us? Or, we’ll give it to you. We just want to do it with you. Pay our salary and we’ll come work for you.” And they said, “No”. So we went to Hewlett-Packard, who said, “Hey, we don’t need you. You haven’t got through college yet.”
~Steve Jobs, Founder of Apple Computer, on attempts to get Atari and HP interested in his and Steve Wozniak’s personal computer~

“The concept is interesting and well-informed but in order to earn better than a “C”, the idea must be feasible.
~A Yale University management professor in response to Fred Smith’s paper proposing reliable overnight delivery service (Smith went on to found Federal Express)

You Can Be So Much More

The potential to accomplish the impossible is so real, that it is worth all
of our efforts to continually strive to find all the keys to make consistently
tapping into this potential possible.
~Richard W. James, author of Personal Leadership~

There is no guarantee that everything that we pursue is going to work out as we hoped or planned. However, this thought should not prevent us from taking baby steps into the unknown to give birth to our ideas. Destiny is achieved by those who feel fear and do what it takes anyway to make what they desire happen. Are you the captain of your fate? Or, are you allowing life dictate your fate?

 An “all-or-nothing” attitude towards any “new” idea sucks up our energy when we need as much energy that we can muster to create momentum and progress with a “new” idea. You can consider a collaborative relationship with someone who has knowledge and talents that you do not possess. You don’t have to go it alone. Keep your options open and maintain a flexible attitude towards the process. This mindset increases your ability to pursue your ideas with greater success.

Disrupt the Status-Quo by Flipping Your Script

When I first came across these quotes several years ago, I was at the point in which I was about to give up on my desire to be a paid freelance writer, author, and speaker. I had reached out to customers of a business I was managing at the time to get professional feedback about next steps. Unfortunately, each person suggested that I shouldn’t give up my corporate gig to follow my dream of becoming a business owner. They “saw” me as a lifetime corporate girl, just as they saw themselves. They had no clue that my Dad instilled in me a belief that I was destined to become a business owner. This belief is part of my DNA. 

It wasn’t until I became a member of Toastmasters that I came in contact with a group of individuals who, after getting to know me and my strengths, begin to see me from the perspective of a business owner.  Members of my Lamplighters club in Wilmington, NC provided me with constructive feedback as to the next steps I needed to take to use public speaking as a vehicle to share empowering messages and build a training business.

Today, as an author, speaker, mentor and professional growth teacher, I have such gratitude in my heart for those Toastmasters club members who reminded me that it is my responsibility to define my fate. As the path of my sacred work continues to evolve, I am mindful of my responsibility to embody a spirit of service so that others are encouraged and empowered to believe in their ability to tap into the greatness within them. 

My work begins with helping people “flip the script” on their limiting beliefs and assumptions. Join our community if you want to be a part of creating a legacy with your life and work that makes the world a better place to live, love and play. 

In 2016, I’ll be launching a new website with new features such as a FREE monthly mentoring call for community members only, podcast interviews specifically to support the growth and success of  GFF members to fee-based online courses. All of which is outside of my comfort zone. Yet, I have structured the implementation of these and other features on the website throughout 2016 to grow the capacity of those I serve to unleash a greater measure of the greatness within them, while growing my impact and business online.

Check out the Get Unstuck Now 2.0 version of my book. Revised cover and content. Available on Amazon.com. Click on the following link for detail about Get Unstuck Now.


  
Love and Light,


Jackie