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.