Believe in Yourself – The Power of Owning Your Beliefs

This article is about you.

You cannot even begin to fathom the untold power dwelling within you right now.

As I was speaking with my client, Ray, the other day via Skype, I looked around his room and noticed some captivating posters plastered across his walls.

Like windows into the past, the posters showcased snapshots of various legends at their most glorious moments. Muhammad Ali standing over Joe Frazier. Bruce Lee bracing for an iconic fight scene in Enter the Dragon.

These icons embodied grit and triumph. Their hearts burned with hunger. Their eyes were crystalized with certainty.

My client’s eyes were wandering. His heart felt empty.

“Do you know why Muhammad Ali was so great?” I said.

“Talent?” Ray said.

“Many people have talent, but not everyone can become greatest.”

“I’m not sure, then,” he said.

That was exactly what he was missing. Like a peacock, I flashed my nerd feathers and referenced a sci-fi classic.

“[Luke:] I can’t believe it. [Yoda:] That is why you fail.”

Ray was rarely sure of anything. That is to say, he has never believed in something so deeply that his reality couldn’t be compromised.

“I am the greatest, I said that even before I knew I was.” – Muhammad Ali

Ray was looking for a common thread that connected all of his idols. He wanted to know what defined greatness. I told him the only thing I knew to be true, conviction – a firm unshakable belief in yourself.

“Look no further than the placebo effect,” I said. “Give someone a sugar pill, tell them that it will increase their focus, and their productivity will go through the roof.”

Honestly though, that’s the power of belief at its most rudimentary level.

I once met a woman on a New York subway who was demanding that the conductor redirect the train to Hogwarts. Later, I found out from a local passenger that she had lost her daughter several years ago – who was a huge Harry Potter fan – and she had convinced herself that her daughter had abandoned her to attend Hogwarts.

I would have never even considered that she was anything more than simply insane, however, it was much deeper than that. In choosing to believe something that wasn’t objectively true, this woman had created her own reality, which kept her safe from acknowledging a devastating alternative.

If people can believe something so fully that they appear insane to the outside world, you can absolutely believe something so fully that it manifests itself in your everyday life. If you choose to believe wholeheartedly that you are great speaker, then you will be great speaker. Your reality will change to accommodate your belief. And when your belief is so robust that you can’t even acknowledge an alternative, it will start to infect and influence other people’s beliefs.

In fact, in many ways, belief works like gravity— at least according to Einstein’s definition of it. Einstein believed that gravity wasn’t simply a force between two objects. He believed that gravity resulted from a warp in space-time, where an object with the largest mass would create a gravitational field in which other objects with less mass would respond to it.


In the demonstration above, notice how the heaviest object serves as the focal point for the lighter objects to revolve around.

Let’s skip the science lesson and get to the point.

Belief works in the same exact way. Whoever has the densest belief in an interaction will become the paradigm for that interaction. Everyone else’s beliefs will revolve around the one that is the most robust. That is to say, whoever believes in themselves the most fully, will win the battle of reality.

And people are constantly testing your reality, measuring whose belief system shall win out. In every interaction you ever have, people will try to gauge where you stand in the relationship. Everyday people are sending out little “pings,” to test your frame of mind and determine what role you are supposed to play in society. It’s natural for human beings to do this. We are hierarchal creatures, and by very nature we adapt to the most resilient worldview.

It’s your job to have the most resilient beliefs. Own your frame. If you want to be confident, believe you are confident and don’t allow the external environment to dictate otherwise. If you believe—with conviction—it will become real. And that’s all that really matters.

Because when it comes down it, we are all some degree of delusional. The way you see your world will always be entirely up to you. Why not chose to see it the way you want to see it?

When you wholeheartedly believe that you are what you want to be, never let it go.

“As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he.” -Proverbs 23:7

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