When you believe in yourself you are on your way to success and achieving your dreams. Without a solid belief in your own potential and abilities, you are doomed to failure and mediocrity.
Do You Fear Your Own Greatness?
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be?”
I believe that quote sums it all up. Many people are simply afraid to think of themselves as anything but average. The truth is – most people are average. The truth is also that most people don’t use their average ability. Most people live below their average ability.
That means that even if you just utilized your average ability you could probably achieve great things. It doesn’t take much to excel in a below average world.
You Have Unlimited Potential
Potential is simply what you can do, but have not yet done. Myles Munroe in his inspirational book “Understanding Your Potential” defines potential as:
“…All you can be but have not yet become…all you can do but have not yet done…how far you can reach but have not yet reached…what you can accomplish but have not yet accomplished. Potential is unexposed ability and latent power.”
You must understand that every human being is born with unlimited potential. There is a vast pool of untapped ability in each one of us. The only question is – are you willing to seek it out and bring it to fruition?
If you believe, like I do, that there is a God and that he created you, then you won’t find it hard to believe that you were created with vast ability and potential. God, after all, made man “in his own image.” He made you in his own image. If God made you in his own image, then you must be very much like God in a lot of ways. Then to say that you are limited in your potential or that you don’t have much ability to excel would be to insult God’s intelligence and ability.
That is where my self-esteem and belief in my ability comes from. I was made by the greatest being in the Universe. That is where most “self-esteem” movements fail. Self-esteem has got to have a basis. It’s got to “hang” onto something. Self-esteem without this solid foundation is potentially dangerous and destructive and borders on blind pride. However, with God as your anchor you can do anything and you can believe in yourself.
You could live a million years and you still wouldn’t be able to exhaust your potential. There would always be something new for you to do that no one else has done. There would always be room for growth and exploration. That is how powerful you are.
Expand your self image. Broaden your horizons. Self belief is easy when this concept becomes a part of your thinking.
Society has robbed you of an understanding of who you really are. It has set boundaries for you and made you a robot. You were handed a script to go through life like an actor – “go to school, get a degree, get a good job, get married, have children, advance up the corporate ladder, plan for your retirement, live off your pension, die of a rare disease…”
Most people actually laugh at and discourage those that would try to get more out of life. What they really mean to say is – “are you trying to make us look lazy and stupid? Just fall in line!”
If you listen to them, you can forget about achieving your dreams. Stick around such people and before long you can forget about any self motivation techniques and trying to improve your self concept. You will fall in line. I repeat – stay away from them.
Associate with people that believe in you or, at least, won’t discourage you. Your self image will be a whole lot healthier and believing in yourself will be a cinch.
The Most Important Opinion About You Is Your Own
“The only thing that matters is what you think of yourself. In as much as you believe it, it is what you live by. It is your personal truth.”
Okay I wrote that one (feel free to quote me), but it basically sums up what I believe about the subject of believing in oneself. It doesn’t matter what your parents, teachers, peers, employer or any one else thinks of you. What matters is what you think of yourself. If you believe what others say about you, good or bad, you are lost. Have your own opinion of who you are. That way you are in control.
Don’t be defined by someone else. Define yourself. Believe in yourself. Hey if you don’t, who is going to?
God believes in you. Why shouldn’t you believe in yourself?
“I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.”
You Can Chart Your Own Course
The good news is – there is another way. Chart out your own course. Break out of the mould. Listen to that small inner voice. It knows more about you than you can imagine.
You can be an original, not a copy. If you are dissatisfied with life could it be because deep down you have a feeling that there is more to it than what you are experiencing? Is it possible that that still small voice is trying to tell you to “get up and be the person you should be and believe in yourself more!”
Here is a great self motivation tip:
“You are all you can be…go on and be it”
I am not sure which musician penned that one, but he was enlightened. It’s all inside you. Just bring it out!
“The greatest thing about man is his ability to transcend himself, his ancestry and his environment and to become what he dreams of being.”
Tully C. Knoles
Let me end in the word of Thomas Edison, a man of great achievement and one who exemplifies what it means to believe in yourself (he had to to overcome all those potential failures):
”If we did the things we are capable of, we would astound ourselves.”
Believe in yourself!
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