I came across a quote today that hit me rather hard.
“Whether you believe you can, or whether you believe you can’t,
you’re absolutely right.”
It really got me thinking. How often do I put things off because I’m not confident in my abilities? How often do I back out because I just don’t think I can do it?
How often have I regretted my self-doubt?
These thoughts brought me to an uncomfortable truth: I am afraid. I’m afraid of the future, and I’m afraid of rejection. I’m afraid that all the plans I’m making will come to naught. I have often regretted not going for something or not trying as hard as I might, as if to prove that unsatisfactory results were due to my lack of effort and not my talent or abilities.
How will I know unless I try my hardest? What is rejection but an opportunity to improve? Yes, rejection hurts, but I will make it my goal to try and try again until I’ve improved enough, until I’ve reached my perfection.
I will take baby steps towards my goals. The first step is realizing I doubt myself, and overcoming that doubt. It is my most crippling quality.
Henry Ford is right – I am everything I believe myself to be. If I believe I can do something – I can.
After all, my dreams are not going to come true without a little help.