by Bill Gough, Insurance Hall of Fame Agent
"Belief is the basis of all action, and, this being so, the belief that dominates the heart or mind is shown in the life." - Above Life's Turmoil
You cannot just believe something to happen without action.
You will rarely attempt something you don't believe possible and you will 'Never' give 100% of your ability to something you don't believe in.
Some years ago, I was listening to a friend speaking to a business audience. She quoted a teaching by David Schwartz from “The Magic of Thinking Big” that rocked my life.
She said, "The size of your success is determined by the size of your belief."
Now that was the first personal development book I ever read, and I've read it at least 9 times since. I'm sure that I had heard that concept many times before that night. But it impacted me
so much that I wrote it down and must have looked at it a hundred times or more in the thirty days after that.
I spent the next few months focused on strengthening my belief in myself and in what I wanted to do. I took to heart what Wayne Dyer wrote in You'll See it When You Believe It:
"Work each day on your thoughts rather than concentrating on your behavior. It is your thinking that creates the feeling that you have and ultimately your actions as well."
So, I worked each day on my beliefs by constantly affirming myself using written and verbal affirmations. The years since have been an incredible rocket ride.
One of the best-known stories about the power of belief is about Roger Bannister, the first person to run a mile in under four minutes.
Before his accomplishment, it was generally believed that the human body was incapable of such a feat. But as soon as he had done it, scores of others accomplished the same thing. Thousands have done so since and today it's not uncommon for it to be done by a talented high schooler.
Did the human body change so that this could be done? No, but the human belief system did!
Nightingale-Conant says that Napoleon Hill is considered to have influenced more people into success than any other person in history. And his most quoted line from Think and Grow Rich describes the power of belief:
"Whatever your mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve." Just believing that statement, truly believing it deep down inside, is a bold step toward living your dreams.”
Now, I will leave you with a quote from Lisa Jimenez, from her great book Conquer Fear!
"Change your beliefs and you change your behavior. Change your behaviors and you change your results. Change your results and you change your life."