June 24
  People become really quite remarkable
when they start thinking that they can
do things.  When they believe in themselves
they have the first secret of success.

Norman Vincent Peale


Today's Meditation:

One of the most important lessons that I've learned is that when I believe in myself, I can do great things.  This goes back even to Little League baseball--when I was on a minor league team, I was really good, and one of the most dominant players among the seven teams.  I could pitch, I could hit, I could field. . . I really could do anything.  But the major league intimidated me, and when I did reach the major league, I suddenly lost the belief in myself, and my performance went down significantly.  Instead of playing every position on the team when needed, I played right field, and I never did all that well in my year there.

Our belief in ourselves is the most important key to accomplishing things that may be difficult or challenging.  If I believe that I can do something, then when I face obstacles, I'll simply look for ways to get past the obstacles.  I'll tackle the challenge with enthusiasm and creativity instead of with hesitancy and fear.  My confidence level is higher, and confidence does, indeed, breed positive results.

This principal is one that I use to guide my teaching, also.  I spend almost as much time trying to instill confidence in my students as I do trying to get them to learn information or processes, for I know that when they're confident in their own abilities, it takes them much less time to learn the material.

Norman calls it a "secret" of success, but I really don't see any secret to it.  When we believe in ourselves in a realistic and thoughtful way, we're able to do what other people may consider to be amazing things, even though to us they may be ordinary things that are done very well.  No matter what the perspective, though, we need to keep in mind that a lack of belief in our own abilities can sabotage all our efforts, while a belief that we can do what we set out to do can make all the difference between success and failure.

Questions to consider:

Why do we so often doubt ourselves?

What are some of the things that you're not extremely good at, but that you can do even so? 

How might you go about strengthening your belief in yourself and your abilties?

For further thought:

They are able because they think they are able.



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