I have been working myself to the bone for the past little while. Of course that is to be expected since I opened a new site to maintain.
But is it really?
Because if you are skillful it doesn’t mean that you MUST do something. My official blog has grown into what it is thanks to my writing skills, but not so much my marketing skills.
What pushed me forward was the belief in my own skills and of myself that I’d get to where I want to be.
Skill is certainly necessary and it’s obvious that we need to use it and sharpen it to get anywhere. But certain skills don’t have to be used. Certain skills can be neglected.
Those that don’t serve us or the bigger picture.
You could call those bad habits.
But one thing is certain about business, how much we can do is based on the skills we have, but also the belief that we have to back it up. Our confidence waivers when we lack belief.
I recall the time I worked with a relative on a website building company. First I got into marketing which I was alright with. Then I found myself being roped into building websites.
I had faith in my marketing abilities to some extent and I still do. I can easily navigate through AdWords and know what it has to offer generally speaking. What I wasn’t ready to handle was site building.
I’ve gotten used to it now after building up this second website entirely myself (as in getting plug-ins, setting up pages, etc.), but at the time my confidence wasn’t all that high in building the site. I felt stressed out, as well as confused.
I even admitted to a client at one point I don’t know what to do.
But this sort of relationship I have with this skill can be seen in action now. Every new site I put together, I get better with each step. From the first one where I was lost and confused, to my official site.
Sure the starting plug-ins were placed in for me, but as time went on, I made changes. Some of those changes were simply finding a plug-in. Others I had to use a bit of code to get it to work.
Then you see the site I put together recently. I used the same basic skills, but throughout it I knew what I had to do.
I sharpened my saw before, and as a result I boosted my belief in those skills.
What’s also interesting about this though is what drives our skills to practicing them. Part of that is due to a base reason, but also in the belief that one day that skill will be useful.
This is what pushes our own skills forward. Without belief, our skills stall and we lose that drive.
I gave up playing violin because no one supported me and I lacked belief in my skills.
All the same, I continued to grow my website building skills because even though no one believed in me, I did.
This is the relationship that we have with our development and success. The level of skills that we have and our belief in doing what we intend with those skills.
So in order to succeed, continue to grow the skills that you need, and believe the entire way.
To your growth!
Eric S Burdon
Took it a little easy yesterday and went out to see Ant-Man and The Wasp. I’d say it performed about the same as the first. Some parts they did better, some not so much.
At this point in time with my business it’s mainly building on my marketing skills. So far things are coming along nicely, but there is still a lot of work to be done.
I’ve got faith in my skills though and I’m sure it’ll pay off in a big way once I get into a good rhythm.
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