How can we increase our chances of success in any endeavor we choose to undertake? One way we can increase our chances of success by being confident that we can overcome obstacles and achieve our goals, whatever those goals may be. We should each possess a high level of confidence in what we plan to do as well as what we do now.
How do we develop a high level of confidence in any area of our life? The best way to develop confidence in any skill is to first become competent in that skill. We become competent in a skill by repetition, doing it over and over and over again. Tony Robbins said, “Repetition is the mother of skill.” That is 100% true and accurate. By repeatedly doing a task, whether it is a physical or mental task, we are exercising and building the muscles required for us to accomplish that task. The theory is simple; the more you do it, the better you become at doing it.
Once we reach a high degree of competence, we become confident that we can successfully perform a skill on a consistent basis. This gives us certainty that we will be successful the next time we perform that task or skill.
The simple belief that you can perform a task successfully and consistently holds incredible power. One of my favorite quotes is from Henry Ford, who said, “Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t, you’re right.” Think about the simplicity and power in this simple statement. If you truly believe that you can do something, you have such an advantage over someone who questions their ability, or worse yet, believes that they can’t do it. So, always think and believe you can.
“Man is made or unmade by himself; in the armory of thought he forges the weapons by which he destroys himself; he also fashions the tools with which he builds for himself heavenly mansions of joy and strength and peace. By the right choice and true application of thought, man ascends to the Divine Perfection; by the abuse and wrong application of thought, he descends below the level of the beast. Between these two extremes are all the grades of character, and man is their maker and master.
Of all the beautiful truths pertaining to the soul which have been restored and brought to light in this age, none is more gladdening or fruitful of divine promise and confidence than this – that man is the master of thought, the molder of character, and the maker and shaper of condition, environment, and destiny.
A man is literally what he thinks, his character being the complete sum of all of his thoughts.”(James Allen, 1902).