In 2015, Busola Ajala, the CEO of Strictly Law Biz found herself yearning for career-boosting training programs that could enhance her personal development. The only hurdle standing in her way was her inability to afford the fees. Determined not to let financial constraints hold her back, she hatched a plan.

Summoning her courage, Busola crafted an email to one of the training organisers, outlining three different options that she hoped would secure her a place in the program. Her words echoed her determination which is as follows:

  1. Kindly allow me to pay the sum of ₦10,000.00
  2. Alternatively, I can pay ₦10,000.00 now and settle the remaining balance of ₦15,000.00 by the end of the month.
  3. Lastly, I would be honored to cater for the event at no extra charge, solely covering the cost of preparation.

In response, they requested a quotation for her catering services, as they found her proposal intriguing. However, due to budget constraints, the organiser regretfully declined her proposal and could not accommodate her in the training.

Though she didn’t attend that specific training, Busola has used that unique approach in different ways which has worked and giving her the opportunity to grow in her career over the years.

Having a positive mindset is crucial when it comes to achieving your goals and pursuing your dreams. One common phrase that echoes in our minds is “I can’t.” Whether it’s due to financial constraints, self-doubt, or fear of failure, this limiting belief can hinder personal growth and hinder our ability to pursue our dreams.

The good news is that with a shift in mindset, you can transform your “I can’t” into “I can.” Let us explore practical strategies to change your mindset and overcome limitations, enabling you to reach new heights of success.

1. Reframe “I Can’t Afford It” to “How Can I Afford It?”:

One of the most common barriers to pursuing our goals is the belief that we lack the financial resources to support them. Instead of dwelling on what you can’t afford, shift your focus to finding ways to make it happen. Consider these strategies:

a) Negotiate: Reach out to trainers or service providers and discuss possible payment plans or discounts. Many professionals are open to accommodating different financial situations.

b) Refer others: Explore opportunities to refer potential clients or customers to the training or program you desire. In some cases, this can lead to discounts or even free access as a referral reward.

c) Save up: Create a budget and save a portion of your income specifically for the training or project you’re aiming for. Small, consistent savings can add up over time, making your goal more attainable.

2. Recognise the Value of Investing in Yourself:

While free training options may be tempting, especially when finances are tight, it’s essential to consider the long-term benefits. Investing in high-quality training or programs often yields greater returns on your investment. The calibre of people you will meet in more substantial training or investments can be invaluable, opening doors to new opportunities and expanding your network.  Remember, true growth often comes from stepping out of your comfort zone and making worthwhile investments in yourself.

3. Draw inspiration from successful individuals:

Barack Obama’s presidential campaign slogan, “Yes We Can,” serves as a powerful reminder of the transformative power of a positive mindset. No wonder he won the world most powerful seat which no black man has occupied being the President of the United States. So, look to inspiring figures who have overcome obstacles and achieved great success despite challenges. Learn from their journeys and adopt their “can-do” attitude. Surround yourself with stories of individuals who have defied the odds, and let their determination and resilience motivate you to believe in your own abilities. Their experiences can serve as a constant reminder that with the right mindset, anything is possible.

4. Develop a growth mindset:

Embrace the concept of a growth mindset, popularized by psychologist Carol Dweck. A growth mindset is the belief that your abilities and intelligence can be developed through dedication, effort, and learning. By cultivating a growth mindset, you shift your focus from fixed limitations to continuous growth and improvement. Embrace challenges as opportunities for growth, see failures as learning experiences, and persist in the face of setbacks. This mindset shift allows you to approach new endeavour with confidence and a belief in your ability to learn and adapt.