Belief is the touchstone of human endeavour that helps us transcend boundaries and redefine what is possible. Self-beliefs are the guiding principles and assessments we make about our personal capabilities and what outcomes we expect as a result of our efforts. A positive self-belief is a prerequisite for achieving anything and everything in life. We have the tendency to get stuck on the negative instead of counting our wins and finding all the good that takes place. The reason that so many people never fulfill their potential is not a lack of intelligence, opportunity or resources, but a lack of belief in themselves.
We need to look beyond our obstacles whether it is rejection, failure or fear. If we set a goal for ourselves as individuals and as a society and work towards it, we can make our dreams a reality. According to the 30th President of the United States Calvin Coolidge, “Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan ‘press on’ has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.”
Khadijah, a young girl from California, throughout her life never had a place to call home. She lived out of garbage bags among pimps, drug dealers and went to 12 schools in 12 years. In order to find a safe place to sleep at night, her journey took her back and forth the 400 miles from Los Angeles to San Francisco.
She stayed in many places sometimes for months and other times for days or hours. Yet she never stopped believing in herself or the importance of education. For years, Khadijah bounced from one homeless shelter to the other. When there were no shelters available, she and her family slept in bus stations or on the street.
On the streets, she learned how to look for her next meal, plot the next bus route and choose a secure place to sleep – survival skills she applied with passion to her education too. She learned not to show fear when she walked to the shelter late at night, and learned how to remain alive with almost no money. Khadijah spent nights, doing her homework at shelters for the homeless and studied for exams until the lights went out at 10 o’clock at night.
During Khadijah’s sophomore year in high school, she decided to do whatever it took to stay in one place. She woke up every morning at 4:30 am to catch a bus from Los Angeles’ Skid Row to Jefferson High, which was two hours away. Despite all odds, she knew what her goals were and worked towards it. Her dream became a reality, when she graduated from High School and got into Harvard with a full scholarship. Today she is working and thriving in life.
In order to take control of our lives and accomplish something of lasting value, sooner or later we need to learn to believe. Mahatma Gandhi convinced an entire nation to throw off the shackles of enslavement and be free, all by the strength of their belief in themselves. Steve Jobs, Martin Luther King Jr, Michael Jordan, Elon Musk and Mark Cuban were only able to keep going and achieve success because of the level of belief in themselves despite the enormous failures they had experienced for years leading up to their big breakthroughs. Their belief is what created a vision so big that they didn’t care how many times they failed. One of our most overlooked superpowers in life is the unbelievable power of our beliefs. If we don’t have belief in ourselves then there is no way we can expect anyone else to believe us.
Beliefs can empower us or cage us in forever. Positive thinking is not a bandage that heals things quickly. Positive thinking is a long term solution. Many a time in our life, we feel that we don’t like the situation we are in and can’t do anything about it. We should not have a defeatist attitude and treat failure with a negative attitude but gather the experience and collect all the wisdom. We need to be pragmatic to believe that we can instead of we can’t.
We are all gifted with the innate power to attract our deepest desires into our physical space. It’s important to understand that we are infinite and are limited to nothing. Believing in ourselves helps us to see our weaknesses as aspects to be improved, and our strengths as reasons to celebrate. If we believe in ourselves , we can achieve what we think is beyond our reach .
Our mind is like the creative coordinator behind the inception of our dreams and aspirations. The direction that we place behind our thoughts and corresponding beliefs can either envelop us in anxiety and fear or propel us to great heights. The beliefs we have about ourselves are responsible for who we ultimately become and what we eventually achieve in life .
(The writer is a freelance journalist based at New Jersey, USA and can be reached at email@example.com)