“The most interesting thing about a postage stamp is the persistence with which it sticks to its job.” Napoleon Hill
Faith in yourself and your abilities can propel you towards great achievements, no matter what obstacles may appear along the way. A strong sense of self-belief allows you to continue moving towards your long-term goals, even when it seems impossible that you will ever reach them.
If you read biographies of ordinary people who achieved great things, you will discover that they had to overcome many setbacks. Their stories will inspire you to move forward and achieve success.
For example, Harland David Sanders (also known as Colonel Sanders), the founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken, suffered a major setback at the age of 66 when his business failed and he was living on social security. This did not deter him, however, and he set out to franchise his unique fried chicken recipe to restaurants across the USA.
He had to be persistent, traveling long distances and talking with many restaurant owners, but his persistence paid off and by 1960, he had gained 400 franchised restaurants. Today, Kentucky Fried Chicken is a successful, worldwide business that still uses his original recipe.
In the nineteenth century, William E. Hickson said: “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try, and try again.” In rare cases, success can be achieved very quickly but success often arises after many years of trying and not giving up, no matter how many times you seem to fail. You will learn many important lessons from each apparent failure and you will be on a path that will ultimately result in your success, as long as you continue to have faith in yourself and do not give up.
However, negative thinking can erode your self-confidence. It is very important, therefore, to stop negative thoughts about yourself and your abilities as soon as they come into your head. Try to counter a negative thought with a positive one. For example, if you think, “I am not smart enough to do this,” you could immediately change your thought to: “I will be able to do this with some help.”
Negative comments from other people can also have a detrimental effect on the faith you have in yourself, especially if they come from someone close to you. It is very easy to allow your self-confidence to be shaken if someone you respect tells you that your project is too difficult or impossible.
Although it is a good idea to listen to other people’s opinions and to take constructive criticism on board, you are ultimately responsible for your own life and your own success. Therefore, give due consideration to the opinions of others but do not allow them to undermine your belief that you will ultimately succeed, no matter how difficult the circumstances.
Developing an action plan can also help to reinforce your self-confidence and give you a framework for moving forward, even when it seems difficult to make progress. In this case, just take out your action plan and do something, no matter how small, to move yourself a little way forward. Such action will help to counteract negative thoughts and opinions and re-affirm your belief in yourself.
If you believe in yourself and never give up, you will ultimately succeed in your endeavors. Boost your self-belief by developing an action plan, thinking positively, being inspired by others’ achievements and ignoring unhelpful, negative comments. It may take longer than you originally thought but you will eventually accomplish all of your long-term goals and achieve great success.