Belief (Placebo effect)
If you believe you can, you probably can. If you believe you won’t, you most assuredly won’t. Belief is the ignition switch that gets you off the launching pad.
One day a woman went to see Dr. Bill Markham, a local Doctor in Ottawa, Ks. She complained of all kinds of aches and pains. Dr. Markham examined her and couldn’t find anything wrong, so he called in a prescription for #100 aspirin. Dad filled it and charged her 85 cents. Two weeks later, she was back in Dr Markhams office complaining about the same things and saying the medicine just didn’t work. Dr Markham examined her again; still nothing wrong with her. He called dad and told him to give her #100 Lilly’s pink ASA Compound(same thing as before, just a different brand) and told dad, “Don’t you dare charge her 85 cents, charge her $3.85.” The medicine worked wonders. She thought because the first medicine was so cheap, it wasn’t any good.
The power of belief, strong belief, makes a great deal of difference, not just in medicine, but in every area of life. Belief has to be a part of every step of the achievement process. You have to believe that you have the talent and ability to achieve what you want to do, and that you deserve to achieve it. Without that belief you probably won’t put in enough effort for a long enough period of time to make it happen.
Believe me, I know this from experience. I’m pretty good at visualizing and dreaming, I know how to set goals and develop plans for achieving those goals, but when it comes to putting them into action, sometimes I fall a little short. I’m good at procrastination, and most of the time, it’s because I really don’t believe strongly enough. Here’s what I do believe. If God has put a dream in your heart, then He has also given you the talents and abilities to achieve that dream, otherwise He wouldn’t have put it there. But we have to believe that this is true. Here’s something else I believe. We don’t have to know everything before we start, we just have to start. Just like a rocket doesn’t need it’s guidance system activated until it launches off it’s pad, God can’t guide us until we launch off our pads.
So what do you want to achieve? Do you believe it’s possible for you? Will achieving this move you closer to fulfilling your purpose in life? If you know what you want, and you can answer “yes” to these questions, then go for it. The guidance will come.