“Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy.
Norman Vincent Peale
Good morning, friends! I hope you are well today. I’ve had as good a start to a week as reasonably possible this morning, so let’s keep it going!
Dreams of achievement dominate the minds of youth. We all have, or had, this image of “what we want to be” when we were still in the process of “becoming”, or at least when we had a lot of “becoming” time left. And though rare is the youth who can summarize their dreams so simply, most all fall into the two categories of success and happiness. So often are these two desires connected that very often we think they are one in the same. They are not, but we’ll save that thought for another day. Today the matter is the desire for success and happiness and a key building block: faith in yourself.
In practically all endeavors of life (sporting, academic, professional, etc.) winners have one thing in common: a strong faith in self. Where talents and preparations are roughly equal it is faith in self that often makes the winning difference. What made Michael Phelps dominate meets and win races by fractions of seconds against equally talented rivals? As much as anything else, it was his faith in himself. Same thing for professionals, and students, and, well, everybody. If you don’t believe in yourself it will show in your performance and your outcomes.
· In your times of life success, what was your confidence in self level?
· In your times of life struggle, what was your confidence in self level?
· What if the confidence dictated the success or struggle, not the other way around? How would that change your approach?
Peter Drucker, a management guru of the previous generation, is attributed to have said, “Culture eats strategy for breakfast.” Or something like that. Whoever said that or anything like it was on to something. So what is the culture of you? If you don’t believe in yourself, reasonably and supremely, success and happiness are unlikely to be your companions. So believe in you! I sure do! And have a wonderful week.