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Is Doubt Holding You Back?

Is Doubt Holding You Back?

By Sean Griffin
Thursday, August 30th, 2012

Doubt can have a very powerful negative influence on one’s ability to achieve personal and business goals. When we find ourselves doubting our abilities we can be stopped from reaching for our full potential, from living our dreams, or from going for what we want to create in our lives. All of us have doubts about what we can do, who we can be, what we can achieve. The difference is that those who achieve what they want in life have figured out how to overcome their doubts.

Doubt is an obstacle to achieving your personal & business goals

•Doubt creates barriers that prevent us from moving forward with an action that can improve our lives.
•Doubt blocks that which inspires us to be more creative and to think differently.
•Doubt prevents us from developing new ideas and solutions to business or personal challenges.
•Doubt increases when influenced by people who have let doubts run their lives.
•Doubt can keep you from acting on that in which you believe.
•Doubt is a sure fire way to prevent your dreams and desires from becoming a reality.

If you say to yourself, “I can’t do this,” or “I’m not really able to be successful in this venture,” the outcome of what you believe will come true. Instead, say to yourself, “I can do it!,” and “I can do anything I set my mind to do!”

Overcoming doubt

•Consciously stop negative thinking and focus your mind on creating and believing in what you want to achieve.
•Disregard and avoid negative people along with any of their advice.
•Focus your attention on people who are interested in your success and will give you positive and constructive encouragement.
•Block out doubt and replace it with, “I can do it!”
•Surround yourself with positive successful people.
•Connect with motivated positive people, which will give you the opportunity to increase your learning and experience traits that produce results.

The more you want to be successful and the more you believe in yourself, the more likely you are to overcome your tendency to doubt your ability to succeed.

“Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any one thing.”

–Abraham Lincoln–

In the end no one can overcome your doubts for you. Only you can do it. Never give up! When you take the steps to consciously face your doubts head on and work to replace them with what is possible, you will be on your way to achieving your hopes and dreams for the future.

Santa Clara County StartUp Cup Selected As Global Entrepreneurship Week Featured Event

Global Entrepreneurship Week announced StartUp Cup as a featured event during its annual celebration of entrepreneurship. Three local StartUp Cup efforts, Tulsa, Okla., Silicon Valley County, CA, and Cairo, Egypt will be highlighted.

“Startups are an essential element to any entrepreneurial ecosystem—they bring ideas to life, creating jobs and expanding economies around the world,” said Jonathan Ortmans, President of Global Entrepreneurship Week. “The StartUp Cup enables any community or country to not only uncover promising new firms, but to help cultivate the entrepreneurs behind them.”

All three local StartUp Cups will conclude their business model competitions during Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) – November 12-18, 2012.

“We are thrilled to be highlighted by Global Entrepreneurship Week and honored to be a featured event,” said Sean Griffin, CEO and Founder of StartUp Cup. “The StartUp Cup award celebration is the culmination of multiple months of the business model competition and has been specifically designed to support enhancing local Global Entrepreneurship Week celebrations.”

On November 13, 2012, after participating in an intensive seven-month competitive business building process, the winners of the Tulsa Community College StartUp Cup, sponsored by the Lobeck Taylor Family Foundation, will be announced during TulsaGEW.

The objective of the Cairo StartUp Cup is to facilitate the establishment of at least 100 new startup companies that have the potential to create jobs in Egypt. The winning Cairo StartUp Cup teams will be recognized based on real business results, and will be announced during Global Entrepreneurship Week on November 15, 2012.

Silicon Valley County StartUp Cup will host their business model competition celebration on November 15, 2012 where the first, second and third place winners will be announced.

About Startup Cup
StartUp Cup is an international grassroots, locally driven, business model competition open to anyone with any type of business idea. Entrepreneurs receive coaching and mentoring from local seasoned entrepreneurs and business leaders throughout the competition. This proven model to build businesses and create jobs can be replicated in any community. For more information visit