Chapter 14: Believe in yourself
Man is made by his belief. As he believes, so he is.
—Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Belief is the acceptance that something is true even though it may not be. I want to make it clear that the belief I want to explore is self-belief, not belief in religion. Believing in yourself and your dreams requires work. First, we practice daily faith, and then over time, our faith will turn into a belief that we can and will succeed in realising our dreams. During the course of our lives, we pick up unconscious negative beliefs from our environment, culture, TV, friends, and even family. On your journey to success in manifesting your dreams, you will start rewiring new beliefs to replace old ones. You will replace your old negative beliefs and install new positive beliefs into your mind through repetition and affirmation.
The first major belief we need to install is that the majority of people on this planet are well-intended and good, not of ill intent and bad. I myself wasted many years with this wrong belief that the world was negative. It can sometimes seem that way, but what I discovered was that I was negative, and so I was looking at the world through a lens of negativity. Once I changed my belief to reflect that the majority of people are well-intended, good, and want nothing but peace, my worldview changed purely by my new belief. Beliefs are the filter of our reality. If we change our beliefs, we change our reality.
Believe in your dreams
A large section of the population goes through life with the weight of dead dreams never actualised into reality because they have given up on their belief that their dreams weren’t possible. They once had a thought that turned into a dream, and they silently carried it around in their head, never uttering their dream to another soul. Then one day they spoke of their dream to another unwitting soul, who listened unattentively and muttered back, ‘That seems quite difficult. What about this and what about that?’ And that person who spoke of their dream to another thought, He is right, this is difficult. I didn’t think about this or that. I can’t do this. What was I thinking? and never thought of that dream again and continued a life unfulfilled. Can you relate to this story? Can you see that the dreamer accepted someone else’s belief about their dream and not their own? You must stand guard against the opinions of people and society and have unwavering belief in yourself and your dreams 100%.
Grow your belief through action
Beliefs grow according to your actions, just like plants grow thanks to water and sunshine. No water, no sunshine, no growth. Your beliefs work in the same manner; they need constant watering to grow, and that watering is your actions. Act your beliefs out, and they will become strong; don’t act on your beliefs, and they will wither. Things of importance in life don’t happen overnight; they take time to mature and grow, just like a baby takes decades to become an adult. Your beliefs grow and come alive through constant action. The difference between growth and death is action versus inaction. Grow your beliefs through action.
What you believe about yourself, the world will believe about you.
- Believing in yourself and your dreams requires work.
- Start rewiring new beliefs to replace old ones.
- Majority of people on this planet are well-intended and good.
- Change the lens through which you see the world and your worldview will change.
- Believe your dreams will come true and stand guard against the opinions of others.
- Grow your belief through action.