Identify and Believe in yourself
“You are now, and you do become, what you think about.”
― Earl Nightingale, The Strangest Secret.
The belief system is deeply rooted in the subconscious mind. Believing in oneself is racing on up heal road. The belief system is an outcome of the social intercourse of an individual. During my master’s in psychology, I read an incident of a child who was jeopardized and kept in a closed room for 14 years with the lambs and goats on an experimental basis. When he was taken out of confinement, the first word he spoke was “b-a-y-y-y-e”, exactly the sound that goat makes. As human is a social being, the environment makes him what he is. It is very easy to believe others but believing our self is inevitably difficult. I was narrating a story in one of my lectures at high school for young boys.
“So many frogs were in the well and some of them were trying to come out of the well. One of the frogs was jumping arduously but it was falling back again and again. All the frogs were shouting in their language, “You cannot climb, fox, you cannot climb!” but after certain attempts, the subject frog jumped out of the well.”
Do you know why he could succeed? Because that frog was deaf. Due to the hard of hearing trouble, it could not listen to the negative repetition of fellow frogs. Likewise, if you listen to the negative people you cannot achieve your day to day tasks.
Everyone has self-limiting beliefs and that is a hindrance to reveal true potential. But there is good news, you can gradually change your belief system.
Develop a Vision
Your self-image depends upon what type of books you are reading and with what type of people you associate. Replacement of negative thoughts with positive thoughts is a major factor in changing your self-belief and reaching your fullest potential.
The story of a Chinese bamboo tree is well known. The seed of bamboo is sowed in the land and nurtured with water and fertilized for more than five years but nothing comes out. But after five years bamboo grows about 100 feet within 3 to 4 weeks. During these five years, the roots of the bamboo are so deep-rooted that they are unshakable against the deadly storms. In the same way, if your mind is constantly nurtured with good thoughts, words and positive mental feeding one can never be shaken during adverse situations and hurdles in life.
In Dry areas with sand, when it did not rain for years together and all of a sudden when it started raining, the eight years old children were surprised with wow moments that water is falling from the sky! During one of the motivational seminars, one of my mentors narrated the story of an old man who was living in an open hut. When it did not rain, villagers used to go to the old man who started dancing and it rained. Whenever there was a dire need of rain, people made old man dance, and all the time it rained. Once the people asked the old man what is the secret behind it. When people emphasized to know the reason, the old man told, “There are two things responsible for rain, firstly, I have a profound faith in God that he will send rain and second I have intense faith in me and I will continue dancing till God send the rain. So, faith and belief are interwoven.
You are a brand in yourself
George Bradta, a Senior Contributor gives an excellent example in ‘The Animal School’ on leadership strategy,
“The animals organized a school to help their children deal with the problems of the new world. And to make it easier to administer the curriculum of running, climbing, swimming, and flying, they decided that all their children would take all the subjects. This produced some interesting issues.
The duck was excellent in swimming but relatively poor in running, so he devoted himself to improving his running through extra practice. Eventually, his webbed feet got so badly worn that he dropped to the only average in swimming. But average was acceptable in this school so nobody worried about that, except the duck.
The rabbit had a nervous breakdown because the other animals said she looked like a rat when she jumped in the water for swimming class and all her hair got matted down.
In the climbing class, the eagle beat all others to the top of the tree but kept insisting on using his method of getting there. This was unacceptable, so the eagle was severely disciplined”
If you try to become Arnold Schwarzenegger or Lata Mangeshkar you cannot be either of them. As every individual is unique just like a thumb impression, you have to be legendary in your style. A rabbit starting to learn swimming but failed miserably. You cannot make a fish to climb the tree despite all the skills you employ. You are a brand in yourself and therefore develop your potentials according to your taste and style. One of my education instructors in personality development classes in the Armed Forces suggested me not to become Edwin Moses, a champion in 400 meters hurdles, or Moses Kiptanui running sub 8 minutes 3000 meters steeplechase when I was in coaching camp for middle-distance running. You are ‘You’ and develop yourself as you only. Your personal best timing is much more important than beating your counterpart in a competition.
Sebastian Coe won the men’s 1500 meters final from Jürgen Straub and Steve Ovett at the 1980 Moscow Olympics. He could break sub 4 minutes barrier in a mile race because he conceived his mind, “I was prepared to die with blood in my boots for 1500m” Now almost every athlete runs below 4 minutes in the mile race but it was not achieved till the great Olympian achieved.
“It always seems impossible until it’s done.” -Nelson Mandela
1. If you sow groundnuts, groundnuts grow. If you sow tobacco seeds tobacco grows.
2. Prefer to be eagle than the parrot because the parrot speaks more but flies less but the eagle is calm and quiet but has a strength of touching the sky.
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 Sir Roger Gilbert Bannister was a British middle-distance athlete and neurologist who ran the first sub-4-minute mile