Many of you may notice that I end each blog post with Believe... In my continued personal journey of discovering my full potential, this has been the single most important distinction of manifesting my dreams into realities. When I truly believed in the possibilities I created as desires, I was able to reach them. When I didn't believe, they've eluded me every time. As I've spent decades studying, researching, immersing, experiencing and barely scratching the surface of understanding its power; it keeps showing up repeatedly as a tipping point for those that truly live into their magnificence. Why?
The majority of humanity looks at people that have achieved enormous success as special, gifted and anointed. They look at an Elon Musk, Tom Brady, Kamala Harris, Jeff Bezos, Quincy Jones, Beyonce, Bill Gates, Michael Jordan, Jay-Z, Oprah Winfrey, etc., and see someone who's talent, intelligence, physical gifts, status and acumen as something they could never do because they weren't endowed with their "gifts". It's as if when they were born, God touched them from birth and anointed them as the second coming of Christ. If the Apostle Paul's revelation from God that "He is no respecter of persons" is true, then how could you earnestly believe this be the case?
When you go down the path of assigning their accomplishments to special qualities that only they have, all you have to do is look at those with superior gifts in any direction who have not accomplished the same feats to see how that argument falls apart also. Measurably, on a planet of currently 7.95B human beings, there will always be someone bigger, faster, stronger, smarter or more gifted. When this is acknowledged and you assess why some succeed and others don't the question begs, why "them"?
If you go down the path of assigning their grandeur to special circumstances such as where they were born, their education, their financial head start, their family lineage, or sphere of influence; it falls apart all over when you study the trajectory of their ascent. In almost every imaginable case, they had the exact opposite as disadvantages yet thrived regardless. In most cases, they started with absolutely nothing and by the worlds standards should never had even had a snowball's chance in hell. If you doubt me...do the research yourself and study the lives of anyone that you'd put into the ultra successful category (including all on the list above).
If all the reasons you'd otherwise assume are the reasons someone succeeded and you didn't, and they don't hold water upon inspections; then what's the difference in those who do from those who don't. Even more important, if there were an answer, does that mean that you can learn to achieve your dreams and you really can discover your full potential? In my humble opinion based on my own experiences and spending the past 40 years studying and applying the lessons, there is an answer.
Those who achieve, Believe...
Self-belief is the fulcrum point of success. It’s the bridge between your personal attitude and enthusiasm, and your ability to transfer confidence to those around you. Without belief in what you do, not only will your motivation to pay the price that must be paid for excellence be low but your faith that it can be done will be too. As people try to grow and develop or increase their success and satisfaction they tend to focus on “the doingness of it” and little else. They leave out one of the most critical success elements for true achievement and fulfillment: self-belief.
The common thread among all thought leaders, philosophers, and personal development experts is their consistent writing on the subjects of positive thinking and self-belief. Dale Carnegie, author of the timeless 'How to Win Friends and Influence People' said, “If you believe in what you are doing, then let nothing hold you up in your work. Much of the best work of the world has been done against seeming impossibilities. The thing is to get the work done.” Timeless quotes are truths that have stood the test of time. The challenge with quotes is that most people see them at a glance, fail to realize their power, and fail to take any action. Or worse, they don’t want to face reality. The reason these quotes and truths don’t take hold for them is that they require you to come to grips with yourself. They make you think about where you are, and where you seek to grow.
Among hundreds of powerful thoughts and pearls of wisdom, Napoleon Hill, in his epic self-help book Think and Grow Rich said, “Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe it can achieve.” My email inbox had this “quote of the day” from Maxwell Maltz, author of Psycho-Cybernetics, “Within you right now is the power to do things you never dreamed possible. This power becomes available to you just as soon as you can change your beliefs." See the trend?
Maybe you don’t want to change your beliefs or maybe you think your beliefs are strong enough to accomplish what you want and it's only a matter of time. Perhaps they are, but if you’re not where you want to be and producing the results to back up your dreams, I doubt it. Believers get past obstacles that stop others because they don't quit on their dreams. How about you?
Do you believe enough to succeed and manifest your dreams? Do you believe enough to live with passion and a tireless work ethic? Do you believe enough to enroll others to see your point of view, or your way as the best way since you'll need others to accomplish great goals? “Mediocrity stems from lack of belief more than lack of skill” and in my experience, I could not write words more true.
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. It’s not something you can learn in a seminar or a training session. It’s something you can only give yourself. To discover “how” you must first ask yourself “why.” Why you believe, or why you don’t, and what you have to do in order to deepen yours. There is a way to do this that is available to anyone who sincerely wants to alter the trajectory of their lives and manifest their goals.
Over the next seven (7) posts, I'm going to do my best to break it down for those who want to increase their belief so they can break through the limiting beliefs that are otherwise holding them back. If that's you, join me for a journey that may change your life forever. No matter who you are, where you are, what you do, and why you do it; your gifts are miraculous and you're the only person on the planet that can deliver them to the world for all of us to benefit from. I pray that these words reach you and in your continued journey of discovering your full potential, they unleash your magnificence to the world. We need you.