I know what you may be thinking. “She probably read a motivational quote on social media and now she’s telling us that nothing is impossible, right?”
I think the world has no lack of motivational articles, books, videos, or Facebook posts.
You don’t need a bigger dose of #dailymotivation. And you know why? That type of motivation is not practical. It doesn’t do anything. It’s not helpful. It’s the same as drinking Red Bull. It fades very quickly.
Conviction of belief, on the other hand, is a tool that’s extremely useful and helpful. And it’s underutilized by many of us.
The issue is that most of us lack belief. And when I talk about belief, I discuss it from a practical point of view.
I’m not discussing hope or faith. I don’t believe that you can “hope” for the best, sit back and wait until great things happen to you.
Hope is not a strategy for life. I always look at facts and make conclusions like a pragmatist.
Like it or not, but everything that’s floating in that head of yours, is there because you believe it.
- “Life sucks.”
- “I’m not good at my job.”
- “I can never find my dream job.”
- “No one loves me.”
- “I will never become successful.”
See? It’s all there because you believe those things and you have confidence in yourself. William James, one of the primary figures associated with pragmatism, put it best:
“Belief will help create the fact.”
Belief is a practical instrument that you can use to shape reality
Have you ever thought about that you decide what you believe? Not your friends, colleagues, family, or even the media.
You observe things, and then choose in what you believe. That’s why belief creates facts.
No, life is not like R. Kelly song. You can’t fly, no matter how hard you believe it.
A pragmatist always keeps it real.
- You will never become a respectable leader without putting in the work.
- Your life will never change unless you take action.
But that’s not the point. You know this. There’s no result without action.
It comes down to one thing: Do you believe that you can, or can’t live the life you truly want?
It is that simple. But it’s something that you truly have to believe.
It is one thing if you say that you believe something. It is a whole different thing to really believe.
Let me highlight that by sharing my story.
For most of my life, I lived in fear. It all started in school. People told me:
“If you don’t get good grades, you will not be accepted to a good university, and without a good degree, you will never get a job, and you will be miserable and you will never succeed”
After hearing that, my seventeen-year-old brain went into a full-fledged panic mode. I started believing that stupid story.
Who wants to be miserable and unsuccessful?
That’s a metaphor for not believing in yourself. Because somehow, that’s always the option.
If you do something that’s uncommon, or maybe a little risky, the common argument is that you become homeless.
I meet a lot of people who say they’ve made important life decisions based on fear.
- Do you hate your job, but are you afraid to look for something else because you might lose your house?
- You want to leave your spouse, but are you afraid you’ll die alone?
- Do you study yourself to death because you’re afraid of what your parents will say when you quit?
- You never expose your work to the world because you’re afraid people will throw rocks at you because you suck?
Will that really happen? Or is that just your mind acting up? Probably is the second.
My dream was to become a fashion designer. Back in school, I draw dresses for my friends. It was kind of pathetic, but hey, they enjoyed my drawings. But all jokes aside, I loved to dress up and enjoyed putting my thoughts on paper.
But no, every adult in my life was trying to scare me to death. “You can’t make a living as a fashion designer, you are not Coco” They were probably right. And yes it’s not easy.
So what? Everything that’s worth it is hard. I didn’t realize that back then.
So I gave up my goal. I decided to pick the safe road and pursue a degree in finance. I don’t regret that decision because I’ve learned many useful things.
But the whole experience turned me into a fearful creature. Because after that whole scare fest in school, I eventually stopped believing in myself.
I stopped drawing. And that’s a pure waste of time that I could’ve used for practicing my skills.
You can achieve anything as long as you believe in it
What’s something you once believed in, but stopped believing because of fear? I think we’ve all been there. If you’re not careful, you’ll always remain there.
For me, it wasn’t until two years ago that I figured out belief is an instrument that can help you to achieve your goals.
Somehow I started reading about pragmatism (which is a state of mind).
What’s more, it totally changed my own way of thinking. I realized that not believing in yourself is useless. So I decided to believe that I could live the life I wanted.
Granted, I’m not fully paying the bills by designing yet. I have a job. But I do make some money with my blog. And that’s pretty good to know for the seventeen-year-old version of me.
Having belief in yourself is very simple. You can do it too. Just understand that belief is an instrument. That idea is not new or anything. It’s been around for hundreds of years. People just have different names for it.
I don’t care how you call it. But guess what happened since I’ve been using belief as an instrument? Most things I believed are facts now. And the other stuff I believe will one day become a fact.
How am I so convinced in this?
Because my mind can conceive it. And if your mind can conceive it, you can achieve it.
That’s not a motivational quote. That’s a fact.
Do you believe it?