A Personal Note to the Non-Believers

Many of us are beautifully optimistic in our New Year expressions.

I can’t count how many Facebook posts I “liked,” tweets I “re-tweeted,” and Google+ status’s I “1+’d” over the last week.? They all spoke, in various verse, of how many great changes the New Year was going to bring into each person’s life.

And while I want everyone whose path I cross to be wildly successful in 2012, we all know that the odds are against most.

Once you have signed off social media, and set down to make the real work happen, do doubts start to creep in?? Does “reality” hit when you look at what’s got to be done to meet your online business goals?? By the end of January, are you back in the frustration of not making it happen?

Obviously, there’s a huge difference in saying you’re going to make it happen in the New Year, and actually making it happen.

Unfortunately, I think the reason most people don’t find the success they are looking for is that they don’t take the time to really believe they can do it.

Today, I’m going to share with you 3 examples from my life that you can use to push yourself past your doubts and back into belief.

1.? You Decide What’s Possible

Most of your doubts are the result of what society ~ including your friends and family ~ defines as possible and proper.? But you do not have to believe in “impossible.”

When I decided to have children, my doctor told me there was only a 2% chance that I would ever get pregnant.

I played his game for several months.? Then I decided that if I was going to find success here, I would have to ignore his statistics, tests, and expertise.? They didn’t fit into my world.

I got a new doctor and conceived my first beautiful baby girl 2 months later.

Close your eyes to those who don’t believe in you.? Believe in yourself and your ability to make things happen.? Surround yourself with others who will support you 100% (even if they think you’re crazy, as I’m sure my doctor did!).

2.? Have Confidence in the Road Less Taken

As an entrepreneur, you are probably used to being a little different.?

You’ve probably heard, “why don’t you just get a job?” before.? And maybe even thought it yourself.

Several years ago, I was fired from a job that I never contemplated leaving.? Apparently, I wasn’t very manageable . . .

Everyone encouraged me to get a new job.? I even had a really good offer, working with good people for good money.? But, it wasn’t what I wanted to do.

So I moved 4 hours away and started my own business.? I won’t lie, there were times when I struggled to pay the $450 a month rent for my tiny apartment.

But, within a year, I had more than tripled the salary that my job had paid.

And, best of all, I was the boss.

Starting your own online business may not be popular with your friends and family.? It’s scary.? What if . . . (insert all bad things that could happen).? Yes, but, what if you are wildly successful and get to live the life of your dreams?!? Don’t let anyone convince you that the less-traveled road is the less-desirable road.

3.? Cash In on Your Strengths

We all have strengths and weaknesses.? For some reason, it’s human nature to focus on our weaknesses.? You’ve probably been told (or even thought to yourself) that you can’t build a successful business because you’re too old, too young, too inexperienced, too poor . . .

Don’t buy it.? I almost gave up when I first started.

I began my career as an entrepreneur in the network marketing industry.? I was trained in the “old style” way – sign up all of your friends and family, talk to every person you can when you wait in line at the grocery store, buy leads and spend hours a day calling strangers.

Super yuck.? I had no desire to do that.? But I really wanted my own business, so I tried.? And I was really bad at it.

So, I kept looking until I found a way to do business that concentrated on my strengths, which include developing relationships with people, not selling to strangers.

Don’t let anyone convince you that you lack what it takes to have a successful business.? If you believe in yourself, are willing to take the time to develop a plan for your business, and then take massive action to implement that plan ~ you can do it!

I look forward to hearing your stories.

JENNIFER HERNDON is a work at home mom with three fabulous kids, ages 3, 4 and 7. She has been enjoying the time freedom and financial benefits of working at home for over 13 years. Jennifer?s passion is empowering others to personal and business success through a positive mindset and consistent action.

Jennifer credits the turn-around in her online business to Jim Rohn’s One Year Success Plan, the perfect tool for planning a successful life. Here’s your chance to be inspired and guided daily by the world’s greatest business philosopher. Create your future with Jim Rohn?s One Year Success Plan and start improving your life and your business today!


  1. AMEN! “Don?t let anyone convince you that you lack what it takes to have a successful business. If you believe in yourself, are willing to take the time to develop a plan for your business, and then take massive action to implement that plan ~ you can do it!”

  2. LOVE this Jennifer! What an inspiring post for all of us as we embark on a new year! I have found that many are looking for an easy button in life when the reality is, there is not one…it takes work, dedication and perseverance. Thanks so much for sharing!

  3. Jennifer, thank you for sharing this! Most people think having your own business is a walk in the park – they don’t realize all the mental “stuff” business owners have to go through! This is a great post to start off 2012 and I hope it inspires many!

  4. I love the 3 tips and yes they do work! I have been using those the past few years and I make progress each year! Thanks for what you do! You are getting people on the right track!

  5. WoooHooo!! Love this post! Never, ever let anyone tell you that you can’t…or use the word can’t…that’s what I tell my children. It truly works..thanks for sharing:)

  6. I truly love this post, Jennifer. Thank you for sharing your very inspiring story. And I love this line “Believe in yourself and your ability to make things happen.”. A lot of people forgot to believe in what they can do and in their selves, thus sometimes results to failure.
    I also love the encouragement that you have left in the last paragraph of this article. Wonderful.. 🙂

  7. Can’t and try aren’t in my vocabulary. Plus, I was one that wasn’t so manageable either. I love these tips and can so relate with you. This is a great post to tak into the New Year. Thanks, Jennifer!

  8. Hi Jennifer, This is a great article. Thanks for sharing your story and your motivation. You have inspired me to keep going on my pathway!

  9. Well… did not want to hear today… but then I did! 🙂 I’m just too stubborn to give up! Thanks so much. x0x
    The LEARNED Preneur @ NormaDoiron.NET

  10. Love, love, love this, Jennifer! The 3rd tip really resonated with me, it is something that I need to do more of. Thank you, not only for this amazing article but for the love and support that you not only give to me, but to many others. I appreciate you, my beautiful friend {hugs}


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