Who’s Going to Believe in You?
“The thing always happens that you really believe in,
and the belief in a thing makes it happen.”
– Frank Lloyd Wright
Over the past four days, we’ve chatted about four necessities you need on your journey to a successful career.
Today, we’re going to talk about the final necessity …
You are the sole engine of your success. All of your emotions come into play in your quest for success, but none is more important than this:
Believe in yourself!
The quote above from Frank Lloyd Wright says it better than I can. The thing you really believe in always happens.
I’ve seen this truth played out many times with AWAI members. When I meet someone at Bootcamp, for instance, I can quickly tell if this person is going to be successful in his or her freelance career.
It has nothing to do with skills and knowledge. It has everything to do with that sense of belief in self that shimmers through the shyness and uncertainty.
Belief in self can waver, though …
There is not one successful person who does not confront self-doubt regularly.
I was a very successful teacher of severely disabled students before becoming a copywriter. Successful enough that I trained other teachers in my field for the state of California. Parents asked to have their children in my class.
I knew I was good at what I did. And I loved it. But at least once a week, I looked myself in the mirror and thought I was looking at a fraud.
I asked other successful teachers if they ever felt the same way.
“All the time,” was the typical answer. I’ve asked the same question of many other successful people in numerous other professions—including freelance writing. And they all acknowledge the same periodic return of self-doubt.
Why doesn’t this overwhelm them?
Why shouldn’t self-doubt overwhelm you when you feel it?
Subduing self-doubt …
There’s only one way to ensure this won’t happen.
The strength of your belief in yourself has to be stronger than any doubts that arise.
Maintaining that belief in yourself ensures your success at the end of your journey.
When you waver in that belief, look back at your road map of goals and objectives and see how far you’ve come.
Think of my chosen grandson, Daniel, and remember … there’s no failure, only practice for success.
Find your beacons —those special people in your life—to guide you past the temporary obstacle of self-doubt.
And remember what Henry Ford said …
“Whether you think you can or you can’t, you’re right.”
– Henry Ford
Go for it … You can accomplish anything when you believe in yourself!
I’ve enjoyed spending this week with you … and I’d love to hear any comments, ideas, or questions you may have. Please leave them in the comments section.
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