As I stand on the beach in Malibu and think about what I’m thankful for this year, I’ve settled on one thing that seems to have made the difference in my life over and over again. I’m thankful that I believe in myself.
This quality is partially who I am and partially a result of the family and friends that have supported me throughout my life. Regardless of where it comes from, it is the one quality that allows me to not only talk about what I’m grateful for, but also to live it out.
Believe in Yourself
The biggest difference I’ve noticed between successful people and unsuccessful people isn’t intelligence or opportunity or resources. It’s the belief that they can make their goals happen.
We all deal with vulnerability, uncertainty, and failure. Some of us trust that if we move forward anyway, then we will figure it out. As I stand here on the beach, I’m thankful that I’m one of these people.
When I started my business, I was the only entrepreneur in my family. I didn’t have anyone to learn from, but I trusted that I would figure it out anyway.
When I was locked out of my home without warning in the middle of the night by a roommate with PTSD, I was lost and confused. I had nowhere to go, so I pulled out my sleeping bag, slipped into it, and trusted that I would figure it out anyway.
When I’ve discovered an opportunity that sounds awesome but that I’m not qualified for (which happens often), I trust that I’ll figure it out and go for it anyway.
I believe in myself. This confidence has made the difference for me again and again. I didn’t need intelligence or opportunity or resources. Just a simple belief in myself.
Do You Believe That Change Is Possible for You?
One of the most foundational beliefs I have is that I can become better. I believe that it is possible for human beings to improve. I believe that it is possible to raise the bar in my own life even if the world around me accepts average. I believe in myself. I believe that if I want better health or more happiness or a more meaningful job that I can make those things happen.
And because of this belief I am willing to test, experiment, and try new things even when I feel uncertain. If you don’t believe that it’s possible to make new things work, then it’s hard to make any progress. I don’t care how good the ideas are, nothing will work for you if you don’t believe in it. And more importantly, nothing will work if you don’t believe in yourself.