Why Belief Matters

Tue, Sep 28, 2010

Perspective

Why Belief Matters

I believe in the power of belief. It’s a perspective that can dramatically impact the quality of your life. I’m not just talking about belief as it relates to religion, although that’s extremely significant too. What I’m talking about here is a mindset.

As Henry Ford said, “Think you Can or think you Can’t, either way… you’re right”.

Belief is a choice.

It’s like two stories, one about a hero and one about a victim. You get to choose your role. The story you tell about yourself is a result of your beliefs and it will determine how your overall story unfolds.

It’s about a belief in yourself, in developing a level of confidence and an inner voice that says, “you CAN do it” and “you CAN be a success despite the challenges behind you or ahead of you.” Your past does not necessarily determine your future (unless you let it). If you’ve failed before, rise up and use it to help you overcome today. Don’t let fear immobilize you. Believe in yourself and who you were made to be.

It’s also about a belief in an outcome, seeing what COULD be and believing that it’s possible to achieve it. Not just saying you believe it’s possible, but really believing it! You can’t fake it here. If you want to create something great, you fist have to see it (in your own mind) and believe in it before it will ever be. Don’t let the first sign of a pot hole in the road throw you off course either, find a detour and continue on to your desired destination. Don’t give up. Don’t lose focus. If it’s worth believing in, it’s worth pursuing.

In any case it’s about vision and confidently stepping forward to turn that vision into a reality. It could be a vision of becoming a better parent, a better boss, going for that job you want or it could be creating a product, a nonprofit initiative or simply accomplishing a goal you’ve always wanted to pursue.

It doesn’t mean you’ll succeed every time, it just means that your belief in your God-given purpose and abilities becomes greater than your doubt.

Is it time for a belief check?

Be encouraged today to know that you can. You have gifts and abilities to share and you were given them for a purpose. Use them to fulfill your potential. Choose to step forward, despite your doubt, and believe in what can be.

What about you? What are your thoughts on belief?


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    • http://www.summitfiberglass.com Mike

      Good post Dan. I have long believed in the power of belief. From my time in the Marine Corps, believing in what we were doing, in our training, and in the abilities of our fellow Marines, we accomplished a great deal, sometimes with very little in the way of resources. Belief is much stronger than most imagine.

      Mike

      • http://www.danieldecker.net Daniel Decker

        Thanks Mike.

    • http://www.carfocus.info/ Peter Abatan

      Hi Dan, Thanks for the inspirational message. I like what you have said about believe in yourself, and sometimes it can be challenging if you have taken a knock.

      The best people who can encourage in those circumstances are those who have experienced knock back themselves.

      • http://www.danieldecker.net Daniel Decker

        Peter… I know knocks well. We all have them. Some days are better than others. Challenges make us stronger (if we let them) but nothing is more important than our belief in ourselves. For me, I believe that God made me for a purpose and if I say I believe in God then surely I should also believe in myself… right?

    • http://saywhatyouwill.net Matt Owens

      Thank you, Daniel. Lately I've begun to doubt whether what I have to offer is what the people around me actually need. I just don't always seem to fit in. But then, I'm assured that God brought me here, and whether I use all my gifts/abilities/experience or just some of them, I can serve well and believe God will use what I have for his purpose and honor.

      • http://www.danieldecker.net Daniel Decker

        Exactly Matt. We all experience doubt but never doubt your worth. Other's don't see what God sees. It's okay not to fit in. I've felt the same way sometimes. I think the better way to look at it though is not that you don't fit in…. but rather… that you do stand out. : )

        • http://saywhatyouwill.net Matt Owens

          Yeah, I like that. I've never minded standing out. Actually, I guess I've preferred it. Thanks again for the encouragement.

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