What the mind of man can Conceive and Believe, it can Achieve- Napoleon Hill
Most of us have heard the above quote or something similar at some time in our lives. But do you believe it? No pun intended.
Belief is thought by many successful people to be the most important aspect of achieving success in anything we desire to do. Napoleon Hill, who made this concept famous in his book Think and Grow Rich, explained how this was one of the deciding traits of successful people of his time whom he spent 20 years researching and interviewing. He found this to be one of the single most important traits a successful person has to have to achieve the success he/she is working toward.
Brian Tracey worked with Earl Nightingale to produce a great series of tapes called Nightingale-Conant’s Insight. It was a series of cassette tapes in the 1990’s which brought messages on various success and self-improvement topics from leaders in the fields. In one of the tapes on Optimal Living, Brian Tracey talked about the need to have strong belief in order to achieve great success. He said,
“The most important quality you’ll ever develop is an unshakable belief in yourself and your ability to be an extraordinary success in life.” ~ Brian Tracey
He went on to discuss how almost everyone has ability to achieve great things in life, but greatest obstacle to achieving that greatness is that people don’t believe that they have the capability to achieve greatness.
We have feelings of inferiority and don’t believe that we are worth much and tend to believe that we don’t deserve success. We feel that success is for someone else, not for us.
The thing that can keep us from having what we want is our lack of desire to have it. If we want something enough, nothing will stop us from having it, if we are willing to work for it long enough.
Just like an athlete must work hard on themselves to achieve great success in sports. They must work consistently on their bodies to build muscles and stamina. So, we must work hard on our minds and inner beliefs to build mental muscle and stamina to achieve our goals. We must work hard and with consistency. We must persist towards our goals, just like a great athlete.
So often, instead of maintaining strong self-confidence and belief that we can achieve what we set ourselves to achieve; instead of maintaining positive beliefs, we tend to have self-limiting beliefs. We tend to hold to feelings of inferiority and negative beliefs that we can’t achieve our goals and be a success.
We tend blame our situation on our background or other limitations put on us outside our control.
The starting point of changing your beliefs is to have the courage to question them. Ask yourself if you have beliefs that are not true and have no basis in reality.
We tend to cling to our excuses and assumptions about our lives, rather than challenging our excuses and assumptions.
Whatever you believe, with feeling, become your reality. If you truly believe it with emotion and feeling, you can achieve it. You don’t believe what you see, instead, you see what you believe. That is, you must believe in something beyond your current reality (what you see now). And eventually you will see (your future reality) what you believe (now).
Belief creates the reality of what you believe. We act in way that is consistent with our deep beliefs. When you really believe you are capable of achieving success, your actions will work in unison with your beliefs and your actions will make your beliefs become reality. What you think, your thoughts, become your reality. What you think in your mind eventually becomes your world. We act on the outside, in way that is consistent with what you believe in the inside.
Your main task in life is to work on building an unshakable belief and self-confidence in yourself to achieve your goals. The rest will take care of itself. It will follow your belief and self-confidence.
People who achieve extraordinary things are just normal people like you and me, but who develop themselves to the point that they are able to overcome any obstacles that get in their way to success in the area they choose to work at.
They never stop until they have achieved their goals.
Here’s to your Success!
Jerry D Ross
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