“ Don’t downgrade your dreams just to match your reality. Upgrade your belief to match your vision. “-Unknown
Do you remember when you were a little kid and you dreamed of what the future would be like? You dreamed, visualized and was confident that you would be able to achieve whatever you put your mind too. You believed that what you dreamed was possible and you believed in your ability to make that dream happen without a doubt. Now, fast forward to where you are. Maybe your dreams have changed, but do you still have that undeniable belief in yourself and your ability to reach your dreams?
What if you knew without a shadow doubt that your dreams could happen? How would that change your response to life? The dreams you have are possible to reach but the belief you have in yourself and the work you put in plays a critical part in being able to achieve those dreams. Everything starts with a belief. Whatever you believe is what you will achieve. That may sound cliche but it’s really true.
At the beginning of last year I promised myself that I would get healthier. My experience with Covid-19 a few years ago and the impact it made on my life, made me realize my need to take better care of myself. I set weight loss, diet and workout goals because I wanted to put action into what I was believing to see happen. I believed that change was possible and I believe in my ability to stay consistent and here I am now, a year and a half later still killing this health journey. My journey hasn’t been perfect but it has taught me what’s possible when I truly believe that I can achieve what I set out to do.
My workout routine has challenged me to see what believing in myself can help me achieve. Pull-ups have been a huge challenge for me but overtime I’ve noticed myself getting stronger. When I first tried a pull up, all I could do was hang. I didn’t have enough upper body strength to lift myself. I started using a band to help me and I have grown so much. I can now do one unassisted pull-up now but I still have to keep working the process. That is a big part of my goal for this year. In the beginning it felt impossible, but I believed that overtime I would get better at pull-ups if I kept trying. It’s true what they say, “You never know what could happen, if you never try.” Often times you have to keep trying until you get it right. This reminded me that there is so much power in believing and staying consistent. I once heard the phrase, ” What the mind believes the body achieves.”
These are some things I have learned from my journey about believing in yourself?
1.) You have to believe even when it doesn’t loo like you imagine
One of my biggest my strengths is that when I believe in something I will stand my ground and be unmoved by whatever may come against me. I know what I am capable of and once I have it in my heart I am willing to do whatever it takes to accomplish it. Don’t allow what you currently see to dictate your belief.
2.) Focus and put in the work to achieve the goal
“Belief triggers the power to do.” What you believe will manifest in your actions. In order for my belief to become a reality I needed to put in the work and do whatever it took to keep myself focused and on track. “Dreams don’t work unless you do”
3.) Guard against doubt and doubters
Don’t allow doubt to keep you from stepping out. Stand on what you believe you can achieve. And don’t allow the fears or insecurities of others to lead you astray.
Belief is so powerful. I remember when I first gave my life to Christ and started reading my bible, I was amazed at many of the miracles I read about in the bible. After a while I started to believe that I could see some of those same miracles after reading about how we can do the same miracles Jesus did and even greater works. Being young in the faith that blew my mind. So I would pray and ask God to help me see miracles. Every opportunity I had to pray for a sick person I did and many times didn’t see instant healing like I imagine. I often times questioned why I didn’t see miracles but I kept praying and believing God remembering that I was just the vessel and He is ultimately responsible for healing people. One day I prayed for a girl with a broken leg, she was walking on crutches and I asked if I could pray for her after I prayed I asked her to test it out. After a few tries she did and was completely healed. Walked out of the service without crutches. That shows the power of God but always the power of belief.
There is so much power in believing. “Belief triggers the power to do. There is so much that God is calling you to sometimes you just have to step out and believe that you are capable of doing what He has called you to do.
The journey won’t always be easy but if you trust Him through it He will give you the wisdom and direction you need in order to be successful. Believe in yourself and know that you are capable of achieving the dreams that God has put in your heart. Don’t give up just because things may get hard keep on trying, knowing that you are capable and you can do anything you put your mind to. Thanks so much for reading. I hope this encourages you.
What’s something you want to see happen before the end of this year? Comment below, I would love to hear your story.