2 Edgy Reasons Why Belief (in Yourself) is Your Real Battle


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Belief.  It’s not half the battle.

It’s pretty much everything.

Ever found yourself pacing in front of the bathroom mirror wondering if you lost your mojo?  Wondering if this time you just might not make it?

Nothing is more important right now (and any day) than you believing in yourself.


Not how many books you read.  Not how many mentors you enlist.  Not the conferences and all-day seminars that you “make time for”…

It about you and what’s in your head.

The October issue of SUCCESS Magazine had an interesting poll in it.  When they asked their readers: “How do you need to improve to live your full potential?”, more then 60% responded in two key answers.  That they needed to believe that they could do it or that they needed the mental courage to take the first step.  Both are pretty much the same answer.


What’s really interesting is that not a single person felt that they needed more training or a better education or even more experience.  None of that really mattered.  They needed to get past their own fears and pain and believe in the possibility that they could achieve their success.

What separates great ideas from super-human success is your ability to see beyond the ordinary and trust yourself to be the person that you really want to be.

It’s you trading validation and immediate gratification for an almost illogical trust in your passion for what does not exist and your dedication to mind-blowing effort — in spite of how bad it hurts.

It’s not easy.

You might not have enough facts to back up your wild ideas about the future.  You might not be able to draft a spreadsheet with how fast your business with grow.  It might not be logical.

But here are two reasons why belief in yourself is the battle you need to be fighting:

1.  You are all you really have…

When it comes down to it, you’re all you have.  Not your mom.  Not your dad.  Not your friends or the Twitter posse you update 5.8 times per day.  It’s all you.

When you’re up (or headed there fast) you can sometimes get fooled into thinking that the world is behind you — waiting to run to your aid, even at the cost of personal peril.  Take a trip “down” or hit a bumpy patch and you’ll realize the sad truth that “It’s all you…”

And that’s a powerful perspective.  So start believing now.  Before you learn that lesson the hard way.

2. When you’re right you can be wrong…

At least that is how it can look to everyone around you.  Guess what?  You might have to push and shove for year after year (maybe an entire lifetime) before you find the success that you are looking for.

You’ve been right the entire time but you looked like a fool to everyone around you along the way.  You need to get used to ignoring how you look to others around you and keep your mind focused on your dream.

If you chase your detractors around trying to convince them of your nobility, you’ll end of emotionally drained and far off the mark.  Instead you need to remind yourself of why you are doing this in the first place.


The battle isn’t to learn more, sell faster, or to outpace the competition.

The battle for you is to believe.

It’s the fight deep down in your soul to really think that you can win.

And that makes a pretty big difference.

Republished with author's permission from original post.

Dan Waldschmidt
Speaker, author, strategist, Dan Waldschmidt is a conversation changer. Dan and his team help people arrive at business-changing breakthrough ideas by moving past outdated conventional wisdom, social peer pressure, and the selfish behaviors that stop them from being high performers. The Wall Street Journal calls his blog, Edge of Explosion, one of the Top 7 blogs sales blogs anywhere on the internet and hundreds of his articles on unconventional sales tactics have been published.


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