Most everyone wants to improve. And if you have chosen to read this, I can say with certainty that you value improvement – for yourself, for your team and for your organization.
There are many things that can help us improve; in one respect, that is the topic of most all my writing. But there is a fundamental, foundational factor that is required; one that truly is the starting point of all improvement . . .
I was very fortunate to grow up with supportive parents; parents that loved me, supported me, and believed in me. Looking back, while I knew that they did believe in me and I am so blessed that they did, I didn’t realize at the time that not everyone had that same experience. The more I recognize that fact, the more I value that belief from my parents and others close to me then . . . and now.
In my work with leaders I often talk about this important starting point because it is too often left out of discussions about leadership and life success. And when it is discussed; it is glossed over, assumed, or treated as if it were obvious.
It should not be assumed or considered obvious; because neither are true.
For all these reasons, today we won’t gloss over it. I won’t allude to it or assume you know what I mean.
The starting point of all improvement, all growth, all project success, all creativity, all coaching, and much more is belief.
Consider these questions . . .
- If you don’t believe someone will succeed, will you help them (or be patient with
- If you don’t believe the project will work, will you give it your all?
- If you don’t believe the problem will be solved, how likely will it be?
- If you don’t believe in your team’s ability to reach the goal, how will you help them be successful?
- If you don’t believe the effort is worth it, will you expend it?
- If you don’t believe it is possible, do you realize it isn’t?
Those are powerful questions about your belief in things outside of yourself, but let me get a bit more personal . . .
- If you don’t believe in yourself, how can you believe in others?
- If you don’t believe in yourself, will you ever reach your potential?
- If you don’t believe in yourself, will you even try?
I sometimes end emails or notes, and sometimes even phone calls with: “I believe in you.” I say it to let them know that someone is on their side, that someone sees something they might not yet see; and I say it to remind myself that I believe in them. Those four simple words can change the attitude and outcomes for both of us today, and perhaps for far longer.
People need to know that you believe in them. Your belief will help build their belief and their hope, and with those changes come changes in behavior.
Belief is the starting point of all improvement.
Do you believe in your team? If you do, tell them. If you don’t, work on building that belief.
Do you believe in yourself? If you do, remind yourself. If you don’t, make that your focus; because as you build your belief, so much improvement in all aspects of your life will follow.