Can I tell you a not-so-secret?! Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re absolutely right.
It doesn’t matter if you have everything you need to succeed and hit a goal; if you believe you can’t do it, you’ll self-sabotage yourself, and guess what?! You won’t hit that goal.
This is why it’s so important to believe in yourself and truly know that anything is possible because if you don’t believe deep down, you’ll find ways to sabotage yourself from the things you truly want because you will feel you’re undeserving of it.
When you don’t believe anything is possible, the minute you hit a wall or a problem, you’ll give up on your goal because you’ll see that as confirmation it was never possible. You’ll throw in the towel saying, ‘SEE! I knew this wouldn’t work!’ because of the problem(s) you faced.
However, when you believe anything is possible, the opposite will occur. When you face problems or walls, you won’t give up. You’ll keep going because you know that anything is possible and obstacles are a part of life. You’ll see trials and tribulations as just a part of the journey, and you’ll keep working towards your goals no matter what.
Why? Because when you believe anything is possible, you’ll keep going, no matter what outside forces come your way.
I know how it feels to believe nothing is possible for you, and I know how it feels to TRULY believe and know that anything is possible for you (because it is!). In today’s article, I’m going to share some of my tried and true tips to help you start believing more.
Let’s get started!
How to believe in yourself more
Remind yourself that thoughts are not facts.
Sometimes our mind can play tricks on us and have us believing something is true when in reality, it’s completely false! Just because you think something doesn’t mean it’s true. Just because you think something doesn’t mean it’s a fact!
For example, I’ve always loved creating, whether that’s creating a blog post or creating a video. I’ve always been extremely creative and enjoyed doing things that helped people while filling my creative void, but I never actually thought it was something I could do full-time.
I used to tell myself, I wasn’t smart enough for it, I wasn’t popular enough to do it, and I wouldn’t make enough money… seriously, I told myself every excuse under the sun, and for 10+ years, I worked jobs I hated because I felt that was all that was possible for me.
However, none of those thoughts I had were true. They were just insecurities I was telling myself and masking them as facts instead of what they truly were; fears.
Now I get to write articles and record videos full-time. I make money, help people, and fill my creative void. Turns out, the only thing in my way was ME and my beliefs.
Fears and facts are not the same. In what ways are you possibly convincing yourself that they are?
I’ve seen some of the smartest people I know claim they aren’t smart enough when in reality, they’re just scared to go back to school and fail.
I’ve witnessed some of the hardest working people say they aren’t worthy enough for a great job or promotion because they believe they’re not doing enough.
Again, thoughts are just thoughts, and you don’t have to believe every thought that crosses your mind, especially the negative thoughts. Remind yourself of that.
Know that your vision doesn’t require others’ validation.
Our family and friends may want the best for us, but sometimes they push their insecurities and limitations onto us. They plant seeds of doubt in our heads because they doubt themselves.
Perhaps your parents told you to be realistic when you shared your big dreams. Maybe your friends didn’t see your vision when you excitedly shared it with them, or perhaps your spouse doesn’t believe in your dreams or support you.
I know first hand all of those things can be hard to deal with, but here’s the cold hard truth: Your vision doesn’t require others’ validation. It doesn’t require other people’s approval and acceptance. It’s not their vision! It’s your vision!
You were given that vision. You were given that dream! Of course, your friends may not accept or approve of that dream because that dream wasn’t given to them; it was given to you!
When it comes to believing in yourself and truly knowing that anything is possible, you have to remember that anything is possible FOR YOU, regardless of whether others see that possible!
Don’t allow others’ limitations to be your limitations.
This leads me to my next point: you cannot allow other people’s limited thinking to limit your thinking!
People with small thinking will try to persuade you to think small too. But don’t let their small-mindedness keep you from achieving greatness. Believe in yourself, and anything is possible. You have the power to determine your own destiny; don’t let anyone tell you differently.
Our friends and family only want the best for us (usually), but sometimes they unmaliciously plant seeds of doubt in our minds because they doubt themselves.
I’m pretty sure a lot of people told the Wright brothers that flying was impossible because they didn’t see the vision. Of course, flying was impossible for those around them; they had never seen it done before!
George Washington Carver was born into slavery and orphaned as an infant, yet he invented over 300 ways to use peanuts, including milk, Worcestershire sauce, cooking oils, cosmetics, and soaps. He earned his master’s degree and taught at university. I’m sure a lot of people placed limitations on him, but again others people’s limitations don’t have to be your limitations.
The thing about being “realistic” is that it’s personalized to you. You decide what is realistic to and for you because it’s YOUR reality.
You can’t allow others’ limited views to limit your views. You have to believe anything is possible despite what others do or don’t believe in.
Know your strengths
If you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.
Knowing your strengths is an important part of believing in yourself and your dreams. Make a list of any skills or qualities that you possess that give you an advantage over others. These strengths can be anything from communication skills to problem-solving abilities, and it will help you to build confidence in your own abilities.
Additionally, when you know your strengths, you can cultivate them and make them even better. A lot of times, people only focus on trying to work on their weaknesses and improve them, but that’s not always needed or effective.
For example, I am terrible at math. In school, I was a C-student when it came to calculus and statistic class. However, I was great at writing and theater classes.
I could spend all of my time trying to become better at math and calculus (my weaknesses) OR focus on my strengths and cultivating them so that I can get even better.
Believing in yourself isn’t always easier, but it’s EASIER when you know your strengths and cultivate the things that come naturally easy and fun to you!
Think Positively & Visualize Success:
It is essential to think positively and visualize success in order to stay focused on your goals. When faced with a difficult situation, instead of focusing on the negatives, focus on the positives and what you can do to make it better.
Visualizing success is another great way to keep yourself motivated and believing in yourself and your dreams.
When I was 24 years old, I moved to a different state by myself. Seriously, I didn’t know a single soul in the state outside of my dog, Bailey, that came with me. When I was preparing to relocate alone, I was TERRIFIED! It also didn’t help that family members and friends told me it wasn’t a smart idea to relocate as a single young black woman or constantly reminding me how dangerous it was to relocate alone (as if I wasn’t aware).
However, we don’t allow others’ limitations to limit us, right?! Additionally, by visualizing myself in a new state, on the beach, laughing and having fun, it grounded me and reminded me of what’s possible for me beyond others’ (and my own) fears and worries.
While those around me chose to think negatively, I opted for positively. I visualized a successful, healthy, and happy life in a new state, and guess what?! It’s been ten years since I relocated to Kentucky from Florida, and now I have a house, a booming business, an amazing husband, two cute dogs, and a supportive community. I love my life, and this life I live started off with simply visualizing it.
Our thoughts become actions, and our actions become reality.
Celebrate Your Achievements:
Achieving small successes is just as important as achieving bigger ones, so don’t forget to celebrate your achievements. Making a list of things you have accomplished can be an excellent way to remind yourself that you are capable and will help build your confidence in the long run.
Think about all the amazing things you have in your life! Think about all the things you’ve achieved. Don’t focus on what you WISH you achieved by this age or what others have done. Focus on YOU. Celebrate tiny wins and big wins!
I recently worked out four times in one week, and guess what?! I sure did celebrate it! When you celebrate small wins, it lets the universe (or God, or higher power, or whatever name you choose), it lets the universe know that you are happy and appreciative of everything that comes your way.
How can BIG and amazing things happen when you don’t even appreciate the small and amazing things? Be proud of yourself and everything you do and watch other fun life becomes!
Here’s a hack to believing anything is possible: read autobiographies of people who have accomplished amazing things. Their stories will ground you and show you that anyone can start from the bottom and work their way up.
There’s nothing like reading others’ stories who were just like you. Maybe their family and friends didn’t support them. Perhaps they didn’t have any money. Maybe they lost everything, and some how they were still able to accomplish their dreams. These are stories that will not only inspire you but keep you focused on your goals too.
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Accept the five beliefs.
Here are five beliefs to help you believe in yourself (despite what life throws at you) and know that anything is possible
Believe in yourself
Know that you possess the power and abilities to reach success. You are capable, worthy, and deserving of achieving your goals and so much more. Life is your divine right.
Believe in hard work.
Understand that success requires dedication, effort, and determination. For example, if you want to gain muscles, that means doing the hard work of exercising and eating right. If you want to grow long, healthy hair, that means doing the work to care for your hair so that it grows properly.
Hard work breeds success.
Believe in failure
Can I tell you something? Everyone fails. Everyone. Steve jobs failed. Oprah fails. Beyonce fails.
Accept setbacks as part of the learning process and use them to become better. Instead of fearing “what if I fail” ask yourself, what can you learn from a failure?
A few years, I worked super hard and launched my first online course. Nobody purchased it.
Instead of wallowing and quitting, I went back to the drawing board and tried to figure out what went wrong so that I could do better the next time, and the next time, it was a success! I had over 25 people join my course.
I took that failure, and I learned from it. I failed forward, meaning I used that failure to move forward. Failure isn’t something to be fearful of. Failure is good. Failure is healthy, and it means you have tried something!
I rather fail than wonder “what if” all of my life.
“If plan A doesn’t work, the alphabet has 25 more letters – 204 if you’re in Japan.”
― Claire Cook
Believe in taking risks.
Reward doesn’t come without risk. You have to take risks! Sometimes those risks are huge, and sometimes they’re small, but risk is still required.
Push yourself to try new things and be able to accept failure as part of the journey when you take risks.
Believe in possibility
Never give up on your dreams, no matter how impossible they may seem. Through perseverance, anything is possible. Thomas Edison failed 2,774 times before he got the light bulb right. Keep going!
FAQ: If you believe in yourself, anything is possible
What is the meaning of believe in yourself and anything is possible?
Believing in yourself and believing that anything is possible means having faith in your own abilities and determination. It means trusting that you have the ability to make things happen, even when there are obstacles or setbacks.
It means believing that with dedication, hard work, resilience, and a positive attitude, it is possible to achieve whatever you set your mind to. It is an attitude of optimism and positivity, where the belief that anything can be achieved with enough effort motivates you to keep going in life and reach your goals.
Believe in yourself, and anything is possible! It’s the key to unlocking your potential.
Can you achieve anything if you believe in yourself?
Yes, you can achieve anything if you believe in yourself. Setting goals and having a plan to achieve them is essential. Developing a positive outlook, staying motivated, and being persistent in the pursuit of your dreams are essential to success.
What does it mean to truly believe in yourself?
It means trusting your own judgment and capabilities, knowing that with hard work and determination, you can achieve anything. It means having faith in yourself even when things seem to be going wrong or when you’re facing a difficult situation. It means having the courage to take risks and follow your dreams, even if it means going against the grain. It means believing in yourself even when no one else does.
To conclude, self-belief is the most powerful tool we have at our disposal; that it is attainable for everyone makes it even more special.
Developing self-belief instead of relying on external approval or validation can equip you with the strength and resilience to confront any challenge because you are confident in your abilities. When you have faith in yourself, anything really is possible, and all it takes is a shift in thinking to recognize this fact.
All it takes is an idea, a little work, and dedication — if you believe in yourself, no dream is out of reach. At the end of the day, having self-conviction isn’t something that necessarily comes easily, and it definitely isn’t easy to maintain over time; but by understanding how to recognize when success has been earned rather than handed to us, we can make sure that believing will always help us achieve what we want and give us the courage we need to fully realize and accomplish our dreams.
Do you have tips to help others believe more? I would love for you to share them down below in the comments!