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Finding the Courage to Believe in Yourself

2012 June 18

You can go as far as your mind lets you. Trust yourself. You know more than you think you do. ~Benjamin Spock

Believe in yourselfBelieve 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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10 Responses
  1. Andrei
    July 14, 2012

    Absolutely right. We should believe in ourselves to overcome the trials and obstacles that block our dreams and goals in life. I agree with the saying or quote “If they can do it, I can do it better.” :)

  2. July 4, 2012

    @John, I agree with you. Confidence is really a big key in what you do. Aiming high and to pursue your dreams is free, The thing is are you devoted and willing to accept the consequences.
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  3. July 1, 2012

    Hi Marty, I do think that people that have difficulties when growing up are really ambitious and strive to do best in life. It is really inspirational to hear a story like this and it makes people more open minded.
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  4. June 20, 2012

    You raise a really important point here-we can only expand and grow to the extent we believe we are capable of and it affects everything in our lives from our relationship with ourselves to others and overall success & happiness .
    Belief takes time to build and starts with having a really expansive vision thats bigger than us, a deep seated intrinsic desire and a whole host of support from people who believe in us.
    I think we’re hard-wired to want to evolve and grow and to do this we must find the courage within to move past our self limiting beliefs. These kinds of blogs help others by being open and showing what’s possible so thanks for your post.
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  5. June 20, 2012

    Marquita: Today has been a good day for me. How has your day been?
    The day is just getting started, but so far I have read some really great motivational posts and I feel like my day will be a good one.
    Sometimes, we all get those bad thoughts about never getting to the top of the stairway, but that is just a part of life. The good comes with the bad and the positive comes with the negative.
    Personally, I believe that “making it” really depends on what your term of “making it” really is
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  6. Rogelio Bennett permalink
    June 20, 2012

    Yes, i want to believe myself and I’m getting the courage and inspiration from you and your excellent article. I hope you’ll be with me. Thanks for sharing.
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  7. June 19, 2012

    The light of starry dreams can only be seen once we escape the blinding cities of disbelief.
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  8. June 19, 2012

    Actually believing in yourself when everything goes wrong is a feat to behold. It is hard to get back up once you’ve fallen hard when you have no one to support you, or if the ones who can are too far away to even hop your hand. Everyone needs support and only those that are too much of a sissy to cry will be the hardest to fall. Tears are essential to our growth and when we hold them back it is proof that we don’ realize the tenacity of the situation. Thanks for sharing!

  9. June 19, 2012

    You already know part of my story, Marty, and how my life has changed from what it was in my childhood. I believe that other people can be an inspiration to us. Their stories show us how fortunate we are, but not only this, it shows that if one person has had the strength to do …., then so can I!

    Anyone can achieve big things. As you said, they have to have the courage to believe in themselves. Hardship can indeed make you stronger. I know this is true in my case.
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  10. June 19, 2012

    Hi Marty, Oprah had a very sad story as a child also didn’t she, and was “put down” later on in life. But she always believed in herself and knew something good was going to happen!

    I was lucky because my parents always encouraged me to “believe in myself” and to go for whatever I wanted to do. They are still like that now – encouraging me to do whatever I love.

    Regards from Julieanne
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