Napoleon Hill said: “What the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve”
Oprah said: “You become what you believe”
Theodore Roosevelt said: “Believe you can and you’re half way there”
Now, I am 100% behind the power of positive thinking. I wouldn’t be where I am without it.
But the thing that really frustrates me is that no one talks a lot about what to do when you don’t have oodles of self-belief – other than get more of it!
In my experience, it’s not something you can flip on like a switch just because you decide you want to – it takes time to grow.
Perhaps as a child you were were lucky enough to be instilled with huge amounts of self-belief. But the truth is a lot of people don’t grow up thinking they can do anything, be anything, achieve anything.
Or maybe you did grow up believing in yourself (you know that teenage feeling of being invincible :p) but then some things happened, you had some huge disappointments and your self-belief got crushed.
What do you do then? Do you give up on big dreams because you don’t believe you can achieve them? Do you lower your expectations of life to what you “think” is reasonable?
Hell no. I am not a fan of either of those options.
Dreaming big is not something I’ve ever had a problem with. Right now I have some MASSIVE dreams for my life and my business. Huge.
But the belief that I can make those things happen doesn’t always match up to those big dreams.
They are massively outside of my comfort zone. There is no evidence (yet) that I can achieve such big things, but there is a kernel of a dream inside me. And there is hope that somehow I will find a way.
But at the end of the day it will require a level of self-belief that I’m still working toward. So, in the meantime, until my own belief can stand up all on its own and say “hell yes, I am gonna do that!” – how do I bridge the gap?
Listen in to today’s video blog to find out what solution has worked for me – and can work for you too – to keep you moving toward your dreams, inch by inch, even when your self-belief is on the fence.