What we believe about ourselves, affects us more than what is actually true
by Mike Shanta
Do you realize what we believe about ourselves, affects us so much
more than what is actually true about ourselves? Let me give you an
example of what I mean.
Let´s say you attend a music concert and are completely blown away by
someone´s piano playing. You walk out of the concert and say to yourself,
“I would love to play the piano like that, and move people in the way I
was moved’. Now, does the fact that you cannot currently play the piano
mean you can never accomplish that desire?
The current truth about yourself is, you cannot play the piano. But, what
you believe about yourself will determine if that will remain your reality
or if you will become an excellent pianist.
Do you know what people like Tony Robbins, Zig Ziggler, Og Mandino and
Napoleon Hill have in common? They are all people from humble beginnings,
they all had many set backs in life, and they all later became very
successful. How did they do this? They learned to believe in themselves.
If you find in your current state you are over weight, deep in debt,
lonely, or unsuccessful in any area of your life, does that mean you are
stuck in that reality? I don´t think so. I´m sure you´ve heard the saying
birds of a feather flock together. Well, negative people tend to hang out
with other negative people, religious people tend to hang out with other
religious people, and entrepreneurs tend to hang out with other entrepreneurs.
Who do you hang out with? We all tend to gravitate toward people or groups
of people we believe to be like us, or people we would like to be like.
There are people who were born into great privilege, yet they threw their
lives away and died miserable and alone. Then there have been many people
born into this world dirt poor, yet went on to accomplish many great
things for themselves and society in general. Why such different outcomes?
Much of it has to do with their beliefs. You see we all get thrown curve
balls in life; we all hit the wall from time to time, and circumstances
are sometimes beyond our control. But what we believe about ourselves has
a great deal to do with how we respond to, or deal with these situations.
If you have a poor self image and never do anything to change it, you will
have exiled yourself to a life of mediocrity at best, no matter what
advantages you may have been born with. Yet, if you will just believe in
yourself, and realize the God given abilities that lie in each one of us,
you can aspire to great heights in your life no matter what adversity may
come your way.
We´re not all dealt the same cards in life, but unless we are stricken
with a handicap beyond our control, we have the ability to achieve just
about anything we wish. In fact, many people with great disabilities go on
to do amazing things in their lives.
It all begins with believing in ourselves, and visualizing our lives the
way we want them to be. That is why setting goals, as well as, writing
down and reviewing affirmations are so important. We need a road map to
follow, and a vision to keep us heading in the right direction on that
If we will only believe in ourselves, and keep visualizing ourselves the
way we want to be, it is only a matter of time before we achieve that
which we most desire.