Finding the Courage to Believe in Yourself
You can go as far as your mind lets you. Trust yourself. You know more than you think you do. ~Benjamin Spock
Believe in yourself. It’s such a fundamental message and yet at times it can be one of the toughest things to do.
In fact, faced with the major social and economic changes of recent years, the harsh reality is that today more and more people believe in themselves less and less.
Looking to the examples set by people who have overcome adversity to achieve great success is one strategy that can help. Their stories inspire us to become more resilient by pushing through our own challenges and hardships to achieve the highest that we can in order to emulate them.
The thing is … as you’re plugging away day after day, closing the gap between where you are now and where you want to be can sometimes feel a bit like you’re climbing a stairway with no end.
For this reason, why not consider finding a few ‘everyday heroes’ to follow who are still going through the process of achieving their dreams. Depending upon where you are on your stairway to success, you may find it easier to relate to someone who has achieved some success but is still learning and growing than someone who’s already ‘made it’.
With that thought in mind, I’d like to introduce you to Hawaiian singer, songwriter and activist Paula Fuga. In the following TEDxMaui presentation Paula shares the story of her journey from homelessness as a child to becoming a respected musical artist.
“My life is a miracle,” Paula emphasizes. “I was homeless on the beach by the time I was 5 years old. I lived in a car, in all kinds of weird, crazy situations. But I truly believed that good things would happen to me if I just kept being a good person. Drugs were all around when I was a kid, and I could have taken the wrong path. I look at my life kind of like Cinderella’s life. I know how miraculous it is for me to be where I am. And this is just the beginning for me; I’m just getting started. I feel so lucky.”
How about you? If Paula’s story has inspired you, or if you have a story about your own journey to achieving your dreams, I hope you will take a moment to leave a comment below.
Maybe your vision for your life isn’t reaching as high as you would like it to, or instead of dreaming BIG dreams you find yourself settling for dreams that seem safe and manageable. If you’d like to learn how to expand your vision to achieve bigger, bolder dreams, then you won’t want to miss my article this Thursday on learning to think bigger!
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