If you don’t believe it about yourself how can you expect other people to believe it?
Whether your looking to learn guitar, get six pack abs or champion your new job what you believe about yourself will become your reality. If you don’t believe it will happen, it probably won’t. What I mean to say is that your thinking is almost always the biggest challenge you will face. Change your thinking and watch as everything else falls in line.
When I was a teenager my Dad gave me a poster, it hung on my wall with many others but this one was different. This wasn’t a skateboarder, Yoda or an emo bands album art (I had plenty of those) - it was a short poem titled “The Man Who Thinks He Can”. Perhaps I’ve always believed this to be the case but now more than ever I know this ideology is all you need. Read below.
The Man Who Thinks He Can
If you think you are beaten, you are
If you think you dare not, you don’t,
If you like to win, but you think you can’t
It is almost certain you won’t.
If you think you’ll lose, you’ve lost
For out of the world we find,
Success begins with a fellow’s will
It’s all in the state of mind.
If you think you are outclassed, you are
You’ve got to think high to rise,
You’ve got to be sure of yourself before
You can ever win a prize.
Life’s battles don’t always go
To the stronger or faster man,
But sooner or later the man who wins
Is the man who thinks he can!
I truly believe this. I believe that with an abundance of self belief, drive and positivity that sooner or later you will win.
The more I look back at my experiences the more I realise I can credit many of my accomplishments and adventures to this thinking.
Travel, learning or business all ask you to take decisions that have unknowable outcomes. You are faced with a choice about whether you will be able to do what is needed. There are only two options.
I can do this
I can’t do this
A quote from Henry Ford is all you need to know to decide what the answer should be.
Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t — you’re right. - Henry Ford
If you talk negatively about yourself you are losing. If you admit defeat before starting you have already lost. Look at every challenge as something you can conquer. Think positively, talk positively and truly believe in yourself and you have already accomplished that which you’re working on.