What You Believe About Yourself Matters

There was a time when Positive Thinking was branded as nonsense; in fact, there are those who still think so today. I wonder how many of those people have done great, life-changing things, whether for themselves or for others…

This isn’t a lengthy thesis on Positive Thinking. Rather, it’s just a thought or two. That said, let me be clear that when I speak about “great things”, I mean those sorts of things that leave a legacy; those things that have people talking about us long after we’re gone. From being an example to our children of what it means to work hard and not give up just because it’s tough-going, to inventing something that revolutionises technology and benefits society, the underlying principle is the same: if we believe and act on the basis that we cannot fail, we are far more likely to succeed. 

I’m not talking about silly goals that have no basis in reality, but even having said that, what is deemed “silly” by one person could be totally reasonable and achievable for someone else. Now, I have no idea how many astronauts actually wanted to go to space from the time they were kids, but I wouldn’t be surprised if most of them did. And it was that belief in the “out there” (pardon the pun) dream that they could actually do it – that drove them to eventual success, regardless of how long it took to get there.

The fact is, if you research anyone who has done anything that many (if not most) of us think we could never do, those people believed strongly that they would eventually succeed. For all of us, through trial and opposition, the belief that we will succeed – more importantly, that we cannot fail – is like oxygen; without it, the dream cannot – will not – live. Even “failure” itself is subjective. One person’s failure is another person’s lesson, and forms part of the fascinating story we can eventually tell if we don’t give up.

So what about you? What dreams do you have that you’re talking yourself out of? What dreams did you let die? If you have even the slightest desire to see those dreams come true, then It’s time to breathe new life into them and start taking steps – however small – with the belief and confidence that you cannot and will not fail this time. Let your failures be experiences that you can learn from. Nothing needs to go to waste. Recycle what you thought was defeat, and let it energise you instead. Divide your Dream into small steps with milestones along the way, and then take the first step. Then the second one. 

Of course, all of this is a huge waste of time if you don’t first believe. But if you do, then it’s time to act.

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