My everyday jewelry includes three bracelets with phrases that I like to focus on throughout my day. One of those bracelets simply states, “Believe.” Although it was an Origami Owl Christmas product, I find that it suits me well every day. Every time I look down, I am reminded to believe in myself and to believe in my dreams.
When I talk about believing, I mean believing in something that defies all the odds. It’s not like saying “I believe the sun will rise in the morning.” Your life experience to this date has shown you there just about a 100% chance that will occur. So, there is little reason to think tomorrow will be any different. You don’t need faith. You just need the laws of probability.
Belief can be a tricky thing. The more unbelievable and fantastical the idea, the more you need belief. So, the more you need it, the harder it is to find. Belief and faith are intimately connected because you need faith to believe in the outrageous things that defy logic.
Think about the dreams you had as a child and the dreams you have now. Have you accomplished some of your earlier life goals and dreams for your life? If you have not achieved them, think about why you failed. When I think back on the dreams I had that I did not fulfill, almost every one of them went back to the fact that I listened to the doubts of other people. Unfortunately, the only belief that matters is the belief you have in yourself. While it’s nice to have the support of friends and family, it really only acts a buffer for the others outside your circle who would plant doubts in your mind. Your personal belief is the only one that will take you to the finish line.
What is the biggest dream you have now or have ever had in your life? Is it a dream so big and outrageous that you are afraid to even speak the words out loud? I have some of those too. They sit in my brain like these brightly colored balloons and distract me all the time. I keep them to myself because I know that if I pulled them out to show them to anyone that they would tell me I am stupid or ridiculous. So, I keep them tucked away where nobody can pop the dreams that they contain. Eventually, as I start to develop a strategy for the dream, I may slowly reveal the details of my magnificent plan. It’s not that I want to be secretive, but I know how difficult it can be to maintain belief in the face of discouragement.
I hate when people tell me that there is something I can’t do and that I should “be realistic.” I don’t think my ideas and dreams are unrealistic at all. It’s a matter of perspective. Others may consider them to be unrealistic dreams and goals, but these particular dreams were not given to those people. Your dreams were placed in your heart and mind because they are meant just for you. Each person is blessed with a unique set of characteristics and talents, so what’s realistic is different for every single person.
So, hold your belief close to your heart. It is absolutely imperative that you hold it tight and never let go. When you allow the doubts of others to permeate your heart and mind, you slowly start to lose your faith. The smallest doubts can cause you to make small changes that in the end could be the difference between success and failure. When you have the smallest amount of doubt in your heart, you may not approach a problem with the same determination and aggressiveness. Small changes in daily choices could build up to make the difference between success and failure. Doubt isn’t always a big, ugly monster in the room. The far more dangerous doubts are the ones you don’t even notice.
The only belief you really need is the unwavering belief in yourself and the beauty of your dream. Just because something is outrageous doesn’t mean that it can’t happen. If you are willing to work towards your dream with passion and purpose, it can happen. Amazing things happen all the time, so why can’t they happen to you? Just be ready to jump on every opportunity because you never know when and where it will come. Most importantly, don’t give up on any dream in which your heart is wholly committed.