So, you're ready to change your beliefs so you can realize your dreams and want to know how to do it. It all starts with the 6 inches between your ears. As I shared in the initial post on the importance of belief, "If you want to increase your chances of increasing your effectiveness, deepen your belief system before you do anything else. In order to do this, extreme self-evaluation must take place."
Before reading further, know this. I believe that every human being is endowed with unique talents, gifts, and abilities that if nurtured can show up as incredible feats of confirming the limitless potential of humanity. It may not be easy and it's not supposed to be, but it's more than possible. This series, soon to be followed by the book, is for those that get excited about the very real possibility that whatever they can conceive...and believe... they can achieve. All it takes is being willing to put in the work to build your brain strong enough to conquer stinkin' thinkin'.
For those who have done it, they realize the simplicity in the thought process that leads to the actions that then leads to extraordinary accomplishment. Though understanding the spark of inspiration that ignited their dreams and learning from those who had come before them; they also realize the rarity in which others are willing to take on what is necessary to follow their path. The beauty of it all, is they know this because they followed another's path who had done something they wanted to emulate and in many cases surpass. They did the very thing I'm advising you to do.
This understanding is the essence of the breakthrough that occurs when you get what has been shared from every imaginable angle throughout history. For example:
“Where there is no vision, the people perish.” – Proverbs 29:18, King James Bible
“A man is but the product of his thoughts what he thinks, he becomes.” - Mahatma Gandhi
"The power to influence your world is found within your own mind.” – Andrew Carnegie
"As we think, so we become." - James Allen, As a Man Thinketh
“You have power over your mind; not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.” - Marcus Aurelius, Roman Emperor 161-180 AD
“Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve.” - Napoleon Hill
”You become what you think about most of the time.” – Earl Nightingale, The Strangest Secret
“Begin with the end in mind.” – Dr. Stephen Covey, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
“If you believe you can, you probably can. If you believe you won’t, you most assuredly won’t. - Henry Ford - Founder of Ford Motor Company
Belief is the ignition switch that gets you off the launching pad.” - Denis Waitley, They Psychology of Winning
“The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.” - Albert Einstein
If you have any dreams, goals, or desires that you've wanted but somehow it seems that your time has passed or you have a plethora of excuses as too 'why' it wasn't in the cards for you, it's never too late. However, if you don't take full responsibility for where you're at and acknowledge the only thing stopping you is you...then you'll never be able to realize your dreams. Whether you want to hear it or not, there is no cause outside of yourself that has prevented you from succeeding. It ain't your mother, father, siblings, economy, pandemic, where you're born or from, where you went to school, how much money you didn't have or did, challenging life event, the government, religion, sexual orientation, race, or any other excuse you may want to lobby in there.
You can own your excuses as strongly as you'd like and have more justifications than most would argue with, but at the end of the day, it always comes back to you. Consider this, for every dream that was once thought impossible by the masses, someone thought it was possible and pursued manifesting it through dogged determination based on their 'belief' that they could figure out what others failed to complete. Who's right...the non believers and naysayers or those who did it despite the self-evident obstacles? If you can see this, you've still got a chance...if you don't, then stop reading now.
To be clear, this series centered around increasing your belief, is targeted towards those who want to discover their full potential and learn how to produce results rather than reasons. This is not written for those who are OK with holding onto their excuses, victimhood, or being average - the best of the worst, the worst of the best, or the cream of the crap. If being measurably average is your target then you become what Og Mandino, in his timeless classic, The Greatest Miracle In The World so perfectly states. The excerpt is as follows:
“Most humans, in varying degrees, are already dead. In one way or another they have lost their dreams, their ambitions, their desire for a better life. They have surrendered their fight for self-esteem and they have compromised their great potential. They have settled for a life of mediocrity, days of despair and nights of tears. They are no more than living deaths confined to cemeteries of their choice. Yet they need not remain in that state. They can be resurrected from their sorry condition. They can each perform the greatest miracle in the world. They can each come back from the dead...”
I share this with authenticity because I'm well aware, especially in today's cancel culture, that it can be acceptable to play the victim and point the finger at other circumstances rather than looking in the mirror as to why a something didn't work out for you. Though you may want to buy it and find comfort in its mediocrity, it doesn't allow you to discover your full potential. If you sincerely want to see what can be possible for you, you have to start with the only person you have 100% control over...you.
Here's the best news of all, you can change your mindset in an instant by simply choosing to. I'm not saying it's easy but it's the starting point. The moment you take complete responsibility for your life is the moment you take full control of navigating your journey. As long as you leave it in the hands of cause outside of yourself, you'll constantly be swayed off course by whichever way the winds of challenge blows hardest. If you've read this far, then we've ignited the spark that triggers the inferno of your possibilities. I believe, greater is He who is within you than he who is in the world. Regardless the perspective, it begins and ends with you.
If you're still with me, we are now only six (6) posts away from pulling it all together. Hang in there, you've got this!