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Chapter 13: Have faith
A man of courage is also full of faith.
—Marcus Tullius Cicero
Faith. We have all heard the word before, but what does it mean? The dictionary defines faith as complete trust or confidence in someone or something. Faith can also be a positive attitude and mindset that one holds. The opposite of faith is doubt, which is to be uncertain instead of being certain. Having an expectation of certainty and faith towards your dreams coming true all comes down to having faith that you are the only one that stands in the way of your dreams coming true. Not God or the universe as most people confuse faith with. I am referring to faith in yourself, not external faith in someone or something. Having faith in your own ability to bring about change and results is the key to realising your dreams.
Faith in your dreams
I would like to add that faith is also an attitude and mindset towards your dreams and future. We need to cultivate the faith that our dreams and goals are attainable. We need to cultivate faith in our lives just like we would if we were planting a tree. Starting first with a tiny seed, we would bury this seed (dreams) into the fertile soil (mind) and continue to water the seed (faith) constantly. Not once or twice, but constantly. Just like a plant needs sunshine to grow, faith needs trust and positive self-talk to grow. No water, no sunshine, and negative self-talk will only result in weeds. Once you start the practice of cultivating faith, you will see it grow like a mighty tall and strong tree in your life, like an unshakeable faith that you possess.
It takes work to have faith
Having an attitude of faith takes work to cultivate and requires maintenance to keep. That’s why most people are cynical and negative; you don’t have to work to become cynical, and becoming negative is automatic whereas faith has to be cultivated in the mind and expressed through thoughts, attitudes, and actions. Having faith requires courage and resilience in the face of opposition, obstacles, and challenges to your dreams and aspirations. Tell 10 people of your dreams and you will hear nine people tell you why you can’t possess that dream. It’s not easy to carry around an attitude of faith, but it’s the only way to safeguard your dreams from dream killers.
Faith consists in believing when it is beyond the power of reason to believe.
The story of the crabs in a bucket is a perfect example of people trying to keep you from climbing. When a crab is climbing out of the bucket to freedom, the rest of the crabs pull it back down to the bottom. Life can get you down, but you have to keep the faith if you want your dreams to become your reality. Your change makes others uncomfortable. People will pull you down, break your spirit, and try to keep you where you’re at. Have faith, escape and find a new bucket; surround yourself with the right people who don’t believe the mentality of ‘If I can’t have it, neither can you’.
Faith is to believe what you do not see; the reward of this faith is to see what you believe.
- Have an expectation of certainty that your dreams will come true because the only person stopping or making it happen is you.
- Constantly cultivate and water your faith like you would a garden.
- Holding your faith requires courage and resilience in times of challenges.
- Escape the bucket of crabs holding you back.
- You can choose faith or fear, but not both.