In these situations, I often reflect on my past successes and failures. If that doesn’t work, I search through my favorite quotations for a little spark.
This time, I landed on this Henry Ford quotation: “There isn’t a person anywhere who isn’t capable of doing more than he thinks he can.” (I’m fairly sure Mr. Ford intended this to apply to both genders.)
I wholeheartedly agree with his message, but unfortunately, many people simply don’t buy in. Their self-limiting beliefs restrict them from doing more than they’re truly capable of doing.
That’s why a leader’s job of inspiring others to grow—to achieve more—to become more—is so important.
Seek out a few people you know who have a self-limiting belief and coach them to overcome it.
It takes both effort and time to do this, but I hope you’ll agree that getting them inspired will be worthwhile.
Here are few suggestions to get you started:
- Share your personal “overcoming obstacles” success stories.
- Identify the individual’s small “wins,” then reinforce them and encourage more.
- Source and share inspiring videos, books, and articles.
- Help the person set SMART goals and provide guidance to accomplish those goals.
- Disprove any self-limiting beliefs by pointing out examples of being successful.
What is the key? Making sure all of these actions relate 100% to the person you’re assisting.
You’re the leader; now go inspire someone.