Self-belief is the fulcrum point of success. It’s the bridge between your personal attitude and enthusiasm, and your ability to transfer confidence to those around you. Dr. Stuart Bernsen, CEO of Medulla LLC, says it best when he states, “He who has the most certainty, wins!”
Without belief in what you do, you’ll not only be unmotivated to pay the price for excellence, you’ll lack the faith that it can be done. As people try to grow, develop and increase their success and satisfaction, they tend to focus on “the doing-ness of it” and little else. They often leave out one of the two critical success elements for true achievement and fulfillment: self-belief. (The other half is a positive attitude.)
History. The common thread among all thought-leaders, philosophers and personal development experts is a focus on positive thinking and self-belief. Dale Carnegie, author of the timeless How to Win Friends and Influence People said, “If you believe in what you are doing, then let nothing hold you up in your work. Much of the best work of the world has been done against seeming impossibilities. The thing is to get the work done.” See what I mean? Well, is that you? How deep is your belief?
Challenge. Timeless quotes are truths that have stood the test of time. The challenge with quotes is that most people (not you of course) see them at a glance, fail to realize their power and fail to take any action. Or worse, they don’t want to face reality. The reason these quotes and truths don’t take hold is that they require you to come to grips with yourself. They make you think about where you are, and where you seek to grow. Among hundreds of powerful thoughts and pearls of wisdom, Napoleon Hill, in his epic self-help book, Think and Grow Rich, said, “Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe it can achieve.” This morning, my email inbox had this “quote of the day” from Maxwell Maltz, author of Psycho-Cybernetics, “Within you right now is the power to do things you never dreamed possible. This power becomes available to you just as soon as you can change your beliefs." See the trend?
Maybe you don’t want to change your beliefs. Or maybe you think your beliefs are strong enough. Maybe they are, but if you’re not where you want to be, I doubt it. Believers get past obstacles with value and passion. How about you? Do you believe enough to succeed? Do you believe enough to live with passion?
“Mediocrity stems from lack of belief more than lack of skill,” and in my experience, I could not write words more true. If you want to increase your chances of increasing your effectiveness, deepen your belief system before you do anything else. In order to do this, extreme self-evaluation must take place. It’s not something you can learn in a seminar or a training session. It’s something you can only give yourself. To discover “how” you must first ask yourself “why.” Why you believe, or why you don’t, and what you have to do in order to deepen yours.
Here’s the cool part, the deeper your belief, the more successful and fulfilled your life will be!