The Power of Belief
By Charles Hopkins
Published 01/2/2008 | Religion
The type of belief being discussed is the one that a person has when
they have complete faith in their own capabilities. The type of belief
that Terry Fox the one-legged young man from British Columbia had when
he started to run across Canada to raise money for the Cancer Society.
The same sort of belief that Rick Hanson the wheel chair bound Canadian
who wheeled around the world to raise funds for spinal cord research
had when he started his man in motion tour. Absolute belief in their
ability to do what they set out to do.
The power of belief is a spiritual power we can use to achieve
nearly impossible feats. The power of belief is the most awesome force
anywhere. It is within each of us, and it is unleashed by a spark
created by our self confidence. When our self confidence in our ability
to do something is strong and unwavering, our subconscious mind is
prodded to awaken our belief. It has been scientifically proven, many
times, that when we believe we can do something then we will find a way
to do it. As Mary Kay Ash said, "If you believe you can, you will and
if you believe you can't, you are right."
The power of belief is strong and as your belief increases, you
will discover things that were once just a dream or a thought, will
become fact. To build up your self confidence so it will act on your
belief, you have to make sure your self talk is always positive. Become
your own coach and mentor, encouraging yourself to do better. Set goals
and work to reach them. Reaching goals and talking positively to
yourself will build your self confidence quickly. As your self
confidence grows, so will your belief in your ability to do what you
set out to do. The power of belief is what will make you successful in
everything you attempt. Once your belief becomes deeply established,
then little miracles will begin to happen for you.
The following experiment was conducted in a school in the United States. The results show just how powerful belief is.
A large class of students was broken into two smaller classes. The
poorer performing students were put into one class and the average and
above average students were put into another class. The average and
above average class continued as usual. The under performing students
were told by their new teacher that they were taken out of the class
and put into this special class because they were the brightest
students and they were going to be given special assignments to prove
to everyone they were especially intelligent. They were told not to
discuss their school work with the other students because it would make
the other students envious. They were then given the same work as the
other class. Throughout the year the teacher continued to praise the
students and tell them how bright they were. By the end of the school
year, the former under achievers were performing better than all the
students in the other class. This experiment has been tried several
times in different schools around the country and the results were
always the same. When people are told frequently they are smart, good
and can do exceptional work, they always start performing to that level
because frequent repetition of praise makes them believe in their
ability to perform at a high level.
The same thing will happen if you praise yourself over and over
again. When you do something successfully, praise yourself. Constantly
tell yourself how smart and capable you are. If your subconscious mind
hears it often enough, it will take it for a fact. Your subconscious
mind does not know whether something is true or not, it just "believes"
what it is repeatedly told. By the same token, if you constantly
belittle yourself or talk negatively to yourself, your subconscious
mind will believe that. This is why you must always talk positively to
yourself. It is well known that a person who has a negative belief and
a negative attitude thinks, "I cannot to that" and a person who has a
positive belief and a positive attitude thinks "I can do that, I know I
can." Positive belief can squash any adversity. Throughout history
there have been numerous individuals who overcame obstacles using the
power of their belief in themselves.
If you are the head of an organization, belief can be a powerful
tool you can use. When you convince your staff that the work they are
doing is very important and that it will benefit others, you will find
their productivity increases dramatically. In fact individuals often
work harder and will settle for less when they think what they are
working for is linked to a deep self belief.
If you believe there is a possibility of achieving what you are
doing, then you will use your full creativity and abilities and will
pursue the task relentlessly. It is human nature to do so. Most of us
are not very happy when we are doing something we do not believe in.
Psychologist Marty Seligman claims in his book, "Authentic Happiness,"
published by Simon & Schuster in 2002, people are happiest when
using their personal strengths to defeat difficulties, if while doing
it, they believe what they are doing makes a difference.
Our values are based on our beliefs; we make choices, set goals and
act according to what we believe. Therefore, before we can change
anything in our life, we have to believe what we are trying to change
is possible. Whether we want to become the most successful person in
our profession or we want to become a better surfboarder, we will have
a better likelihood of success and we will work diligently to achieve
it if we believe we can do it.
Napoleon Hill, author of the book, "Think and Grow Rich," stated
this concept very concisely when he said, "Whatever a man can conceive
and believe, he can achieve."