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Do you have Conviction?

by bevbarnes on March 13, 2014

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When I was in grade six I had a great teacher, Mr. Haynes, who marked my life.  Rumour had it that Mr. Haynes handpicked everyone in our class.

Thanks to that, for all of grade six I felt that I was special.

Mr. Haynes was acting Vice-Principal, so he actually didn’t spend very much time in our classroom but he made two huge decisions.

He got rid of rows.  We sat in groups.  At that time, this was revolutionary.

He scrapped the curriculum.  He decided that we needed to be able to do 3 things: read, do math and learn basic French (non-negotiable in Quebec).

So that’s what he did.

That year, we read all the Chronicles of Narnia and we learned and recited Casey at the Bat.  We read out loud, we were read to.

Mr. Haynes and his wife took in three boys from our class who had been living in a group home and became their foster parents.  This gesture transformed their social status – and they became the most popular boys in the class, with the girls anyway.

Mr. Haynes had conviction.

We knew that he believed in us – that we were all special and that reading was the most important skill that we needed.  He set up his classroom to help us all believe in ourselves.

And it worked.

He decided what he valued.

He decided what kind of teacher he was.

He took action on what he believed – even if it was controversial or difficult.

Mr. Haynes taught us to vote for ourselves.

I’ll never forget when there was a class election, and he told us that if you didn’t vote for yourself, then you didn’t deserve to win.

As an eleven year old in class, that concept was mind-boggling.

You mean that I have to vote for me?  Isn’t that selfish?

He explained that voting for yourself meant that you truly believed that you had something to offer.

It meant that you had conviction.

Do you have conviction?

For those of you that have transitioned to self employment after being a long-term employee, conviction is particularly important.

It’s the motor of what you do.  It keeps you running and it keeps you going.  Without it, you don’t know what direction to go in.

Conviction is not just that you believe in yourself.

Conviction is that you have certitude, certainty, not a shadow of a doubt in something – some underlying firmly held belief or opinion that drives your business.

Here’s my conviction:

  • That we are all gifted – and using our gifts will change the world;
  • That our life purpose is to use our gifts to add love to the world;
  • That the biggest obstacle to doing what we are born to do are self-imposed imaginary limitations;
  • That creating a micro-business aligned with your passions is applied spirituality – forcing you to face your demons and lead with love, not fear.

When you have conviction, it speaks through everything you do.  It feels grounded and rooted in truth.  It feels honest and authentic, even if everyone doesn’t agree with you.

Conviction will help when times get tough – and give you a reason to continue.

To uncover your convictions, ask yourself:

  • What do you believe in?  What do you value?
  • What actions have you taken that demonstrate your beliefs?
  • What risks have you taken to live your truth?
  • Is your business aligned with your truth?  How?
  • How do you vote for yourself?  Would you buy your own services?

I LOVE hearing from you.  Let me know what convictions underlie your new or emerging business.  Please comment below.

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{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Becky March 13, 2014 at 11:16 am

1) I believe that your dreams are your heart’s plans
2) I believe your heart’s plans can be your life
3) The universe would not give you those plans without also equipping you with the tools you need to make them happen

Bonus belief:
4) I know that Bev is awesome.


bevbarnes March 13, 2014 at 2:36 pm

Love this Becky! Right back atcha with the awesomeness.


Lynne March 13, 2014 at 3:17 pm

Beautiful beliefs Becky!


Cynthia March 13, 2014 at 2:43 pm

Lovely story and great piece. Thanks.


Lynne March 13, 2014 at 3:16 pm

WOW! Bev,

What a beautiful post! Thank YOU.

It reminds me of how powerful heart-to-heart connections truly are…
Your teacher, M. Haynes, illustrates how profound teachings may be when given from the heart, WITH conviction 🙂

My values are very clear to me: Authenticity, Love, Compassion, Truth, Passion, Integrity, Spirituality and Profoundness.

As for actions? I have quit jobs on-the-spot because of my values. I have spoken my truth, even if it wasn’t what people were expecting to hear. Etc.

As for my risk taking… I feel as though I should be ‘Moving Forward’ at a faster rhythm, instead of waiting, without knowing what will happen, without expecting any particular outcome (negative or positive).

‘Moving Forward’ confidently in Nothingness & Creativity…
This requires Conviction (& Trust).

To Conviction!


Tasneem Omar June 28, 2016 at 5:04 am

Hi Bev,

You definitely speak from your heart! I just love reading everything you write. You speak to me on soul level..

I am a recently qualified Coach – which I am totally loving. I am still employed in the Corporate world and am slowly planning my exit from this – within the next two years.
I am planning to run my own practice. I believe that I am here to be of service to others and myself and to teach others to love and appreciate themselves wholly and to spread love where
ever we go..


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