I am not talking about belief in an all-powerful being or beings residing somewhere other than earth. I am talking about belief in yourself. Numerous writer have talked about the power of self-belief. I have read Earl Nightingale , Brian Tracy, Harvey Mackay, Napoleon Hill, and one of my favorites Denis Waitley. Waitley said “If you believe you can, you probably can. If you believe you won’t, you most assuredly won’t. Belief is the ignition switch that gets you off the launching pad.” Earl Nightingale said “Whatever we plant in our subconscious mind and nourish with repetition and emotion will one day become a reality.” Henry Ford is famous for saying “Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t–you’re right.”
“Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t–you’re right.”
Easy to forget
Unfortunately it can be very easy to forget that very similar lesson taught by all these people. We get so caught up in the day to day issues that often have negative undertones. You make a mistake and you get down on yourself. That can become a snowball of despair that gets larger and larger as it rolls down the hill.
I was reminded of these lessons by a story that was told by Arthur F. Coombs III in the book Don’t Just Manage LEAD! which I reviewed a few weeks ago. Coombs tells the story of the time he was a wrestler and won a huge match at the beginning of the year against an opponent that was state ranked. This story resonated with me. I had also been a wrestler in high school. Coombs went on to have a miserable season, but due to his ability to beat the top ranked wrestler in the state he was invited to the state tournament. He ended up facing the same opponent again and beat him again, despite the kid being ranked number one in the state. Coombs came ultimately came in second but the next week he got invited to be on a special team because he had beaten number one and went on to be one of the better wresters in the state. All because he believed he could be a good wrestler because of having defeated the best twice. It bolstered his belief in himself.
In his book Coombs says:
The lesson that stuck with me through the decades is this: If you truly believe – I mean really mentally believe, from the tip of your nose to the bottom of your socks – that you can do something, then nothing can stop you. You can do it! It’s all mental. And that applies as much to the corporate boardroom and the semiconductor lab as it does to a smelly wrestling room at an out-of-the-way junior high school.”
If so many people say it, and provide examples of it, why don’t the rest of us believe it?
Change your attitude, change you belief, practice what these gurus say and you too will find the power of belief in yourself.