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Jim’s Gems: Belief and Success Relationship

If we believe there is no way around or through a problem, we tend to close our minds to possible solutions.

September 26, 2012

In recent weeks we’ve discussed our belief system. A friend asked if there was a relationship of belief and success. The brief answer is, absolutely, there is a directly relationship.

Have you ever looked back on something that you achieved and wondered why you were so successful? Most of us have done this postmortem. When you look back at your successes and the things you've achieved in your life and you look for the reasons why you succeeded, you'll find that most often it wasn't just by chance or luck.

What we shouldn’t be surprised to discover is that some, if not all, of the following were involved: knowledge, skill, commitment, motivation, determination, confidence, resilience, and a belief in yourself, and what you were doing.

In looking back it's not hard to see why we succeed. What is hard is explaining why we don't succeed all the time! Quite often people will say, "Oh, that would be too hard for me," or "That would take too much effort." But would it really? Because the truth is that each of us has a wealth of knowledge, abilities, and skills, but the majority of the time we only use a fraction of this wealth. This incredible wealth of untapped resources is called "Human Potential." How much we use of it depends, more than anything else, on our personal belief system.

If we believe there is no way around or through a problem, we tend to close our minds to possible solutions. However, if we truly believe we will find a way, then it doesn't matter what obstacles we get in our way; we will get very creative. We see things we ordinarily wouldn't see, and we hang on and, if needed, get others to lend a helping hand, until we find a way to the solution.

The most powerful thing you can do to change your life is to change your belief system and begin to act accordingly. The decision is up to your so what are you waiting on? It is truly that simple. 

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