“I feel like my business results will never change” – what to do when you believe this.
“Achievers rarely, if ever, see a problem as permanent, while those who fail see even the smallest problem as permanent.” – Tony Robbins
What about you? Do you feel like your current business challenges are permanent?
Or, instead, do you know that with enough grit and determination, you can resolve them and hit the next level of success in your business?
I remember almost 6 years ago now feeling like I’d never be able to succeed in business.
It felt like I’d never be able to lift off from the level I was at. I felt so stuck. Nothing was working. I wasn’t growing. Things weren’t changing. It was so discouraging. And I felt helpless.
At the time, I just had a few paying clients, and I wasn’t making quite enough money to pay all of my bills.
Not only had I gone through all of my savings from working in my corporate job for 3 years prior in London, I’d also taken on a loan to cover me as I was building my business.
Looking back, I clearly remember thinking…this will always be my reality. I’ll never be able to make more than $1000 a month in my business.
Why did I feel this way? Well, I’d been building my business for 7 or 8 months at that point. Not really taking weekends off. I hadn’t taken a holiday or even a weekend away in what felt like ages.
I was working from the moment I woke up to way later in the evening. It felt like even though I’d been taking lots of action in my business…very little was actually happening – I wasn’t seeing any new results.
The same results kept showing up. A few clients. But that was it.
For some reason, that plateau I was hitting was simply not budging. Despite the marketing and sales activities I had in place at the time. It felt as if there was this income ceiling that I just couldn’t break through. Very frustrating to say the least.
Have you ever felt that way?
That you’ll ALWAYS have the results you currently have?
Maybe it’s a certain profit level that you keep hitting month after month.
Or maybe it’s even in other areas of your life like your weight. Even if you desperately want to be a certain weight and size, a part of you feels like it’ll just never happen.
Maybe it’s because it’s been so long since you’ve been that size and weight. And perhaps it’s because despite all the exercise routines, new eating habits and action you’ve taken, it’s never happened before.
Your mind then questions if it’ll ever change. It feels so permanent.
Unsurprisingly, it’s easy to think that your current financial or business results will always be the way they are today.
When I was reading Tony Robbin’s book, Awaken The Giant Within, I remember reading the passage I share below. In it, Tony describes a time in his own life where he’d made the mistake to believe that what he was experiencing was permanent.
He felt like his current results is what he’d experience forever:
“Eight years ago, when I had hit rock bottom and despaired of ever turning things around, I thought my problems were permanent.
That was the closest thing to emotional death I’ve ever experienced.
No matter what happens in your life, you’ve got to be able to believe that if you keep persisting, you’ll find a way.”
This lesson was so incredibly important for me to learn at the time (during that first year of running my business). It dawned on me how disempowering it was to believe that I’d never be able to hit the next level in my business.
Suddenly, I saw that believing that I’d always get the same poor results in my business was detrimental to my success. Of course, it was hard to believe something different as I’d never experienced anything else.
The truth was that it just felt too good to be true to make more money.
Regardless, I realised it was time for me to shift to having more of a growth mindset. To know that I could shift my identity, my ability, and my skillset. It was vital that I start believing that I could develop and that my results could grow too.
It didn’t matter how long it had been this way, I had to believe that despite that, there was potential for new results.
See, that’s the thing, when you’ve had certain financial or business results for a long time, it can be difficult to imagine a different reality. A reality where you’re making double or triple that amount.
And yet, it’s so important for us to actually know that we can grow our results and expand our business.
When we believe the results can change, we’ll do everything it takes to find a way to changing them!
Whereas, when we feel stuck and we feel as if our current circumstances are permanent? The motivation to find a solution is unlikely to be there!
So, what is one way you can start believing that your results will change over time?
You can start saying to yourself “I am on my way to believing that my business results are improving and changing”. Ideally, you want to set a reminder on your phone to go off 3 times a day so that you get prompted to repeat that new belief.
The reason I’ve added “I’m on my way” is because it might be hard for your mind to fully accept the belief “I believe that my business results are improving and changing” if you’ve never believed that before.
By adding the short phrase “I’m on my way” in front of it, you’re easing your subconscious mind into thinking that yes, it’s possible. Maybe I’m not there yet. But I’m on my way to believing this new belief.
I’ve found this works really well when implanting new beliefs into the subconscious mind.
Each time you repeat that statement, look for one tiny piece of evidence of how it’s in fact true for you. Maybe you had one new Like on an Instagram post that day. Or maybe you just got one new email subscriber. Or one extra person checked out your Etsy shop.
It doesn’t have to be a massive change. But just look for any small improvement or progress in your business. The more evidence you have that your results are changing, the more your mind will start feeling it’s true.
That’s the power of building up references day by day for this new belief. The more you do this intentionally, the more your mind will start doing this automatically throughout the day.
Your brain will start looking for and favouring information around you that confirms this new belief of yours. This is called confirmation bias.
A few days or weeks into doing this repetition and evidence searching, you’ll actually start feeling it’s true for you! You’ll start feeling like you CAN change your results. And that you do have what it takes to make progress in your business!
By the way, you can do this with any other beliefs you want to anchor into your life.
Now’s your time! Start shifting that belief for yourself – it’s absolutely vital to your business success.
I’d love to hear in the comments what you’ve been believing. Would you say you’ve recently had a fixed (things can’t change for me) or a growth mindset (things can change for me)? Let me know!
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