Believe in Yourself Challenge Day 1: Why is Belief Important?

You may wonder why it’s important to believe in yourself. The simple answer? If YOU don’t, no one else will. Your spouse (if you’re married) and your family will believe in you to a certain extent. However, when times get tough, family support tends to wane. It’s not that they don’t love and care about you. It’s just that they’ve  stopped believing in you.

While this doesn’t always happen, it happens often enough to cause some serious and emotional conflicts. One example could be when a spouse or parents initially give you support on a new venture. When the venture doesn’t work out as they believe it should, they start to question whether you should continue with it. If your belief in yourself and your venture starts to weaken, you may take on their way of thinking and lose your motivation to continue.

The reason beliefs start to weaken is a fear of the unknown. When you start a new venture, project or activity, everyone is excited for you and will tell you to give it your best shot. However, when the prospects  become murkier and taking that step forward seems to be leading to an unsure result, that excitement can turn to fear, and the support to second-guessing.

The problem is the path towards success for ANY venture is not always a  straight one – easy to follow and well-marked. Having some bumps in the road, and even detours, are perfectly normal. In fact, how you deal with the bumps and the challenges are what defines the success of the enterprise, and the people who are taking risks. They should be welcomed and not feared.

The fear of the unknown, if you hear it enough, may start to creep into your psyche. It’s easier to listen to your family and friends tell you to dissolve your new venture because they see signs that it is failing. They will continue down this negative path, repeating their fears and exacerbating your own uncertainties, until you decide to stop. If you do choose to give up on your new path, they will tell you that “It wasn’t meant to be” and that “Starting anything new is difficult, with no guarantees” – all of this is true to a certain extent, but…

That time is precisely the moment that you shouldn’t stop. People who have achieved their dreams did NOT get ahead by quitting. If you believe in yourself, and you’re ready to do the work – have the conviction to see your project through to the end.

Be open to making changes, making it better, changing your timetable, or getting additional help, but DON’T QUIT! You can find and implement advice from an appropriate guide to give you strength to surge ahead; You can keep right on working and moving forward while telling your family and friends to have some faith.

Having that firm belief in yourself would give you the courage to stand up to them, defend your dream, and keep taking the next step and the next one toward your goal.

Whatever venture, business, or project you decide to pursue, know that only by continuing will you make it work; you’ll succeed if you just don’t quit.

Think of Thomas Edison’s contribution to the light bulb. While he did not invent the light bulb (contrary to history and popular belief), he made ones that lasted longer. Imagine if he decided to quit after he ran into a few stumbling blocks early on? We might not know his name now – and perhaps much more would have changed in our world by him NOT being there to keep pushing even after those around him told him he should give it up.

Don’t give up on your dreams and goals – take ONE step back, re-evaluate, gather your resources, get and implement good advice, and continue to BELIEVE in yourself.