Believe in You
“I believe in you.” How many times have I heard those words? Probably more times than I can count. Maybe more times than I deserve? How many times was I encouraged in whatever I was doing? “Good job, you can do it, don’t give up, you’ve got this.” I’ve never lacked encouragers, yet I have always needed encouragement. And no matter the circumstance, I always received the encouragement that I longed for. Yeah, people always seem to see the value in me. They always want to see me succeed, because they can see what I could become.
The problem is I have never believed it myself. Even the things I knew I was good at, I have never believed it enough to follow it through to completion. I have had a lot of unfinished business, if you will. For me, there’s always an imaginary line that I’m terrified to cross. I used to think it was because I was afraid of failure, but I’ve learned that’s not always the case. I think most of the time I have been afraid I’d succeed. I’m not sure why that’s a thing, but it is, and it’s very real.
This post is really supposed to be about believing in yourself, because no matter how much anyone believes in you, if you don’t believe in yourself, it doesn’t matter. You’ll never become that amazing you that you were destined to be.
You need to believe in yourself, in your abilities, skills, and passions, to move forward in whatever you aspire to do. I’ve learned that believing in one’s self is a choice, a choice that I believe has to be made daily for some of us. Not everyone has that built-in confidence that says “I can do and be anything I want”. Some of us have to learn it. I choose to believe that I can do anything I set my mind to do. I’ve seen it. Danny Young, one of the leaders in my business said recently “You are the landlord of your brain“. This brings me back to believing in myself and changing my mindset about myself, and that’s my choice. I appreciate all the folks who believe in me, and I think we need that as well. But believing in yourself has to come first, and you have to be consistent in that belief.
So go be and do whatever is in you. Believe in yourself. Believe in your capabilities. Believe in your talents. Believe you can do anything that your heart desires, and then you’ll understand why others believe in you. Perhaps even those around you will be infected with a desire to believe in themselves as well. Don’t waste time looking back to where you didn’t or couldn’t believe; always look ahead to what you can do to change your belief about yourself now and in the future.
“Let your eyes look directly forward, and your gaze be straight before you.
Ponder the path of your feet; then all your ways will be sure.” Proverbs 4:25-26