When I start to think about faith I think about religion. But real faith starts within us, it’s not external. We may represent our faith externally through our actions and the symbols we display. So if faith starts internally, why do so many people lack the faith in themselves to set goals or even believe that they can achieve what they desire?
When I’m facilitating a course and the topic of goals or self-improvement comes up I ask if people set goals for themselves and most people don’t. Now I have to admit, I need improving in this area also. That’s one reason why I have a goal to write monthly, it forces me to learn and hopefully start applying what I know.
So I ask;
Is the reluctance to set goals due to our lack of faith in ourselves?
If you do believe in God, or your form of a higher power, don’t you basically believe in something someone else told you about? Something that is not physical, you can’t touch, smell, or really see?
So why do we struggle to have faith in what is physical? You can smell, feel and see yourself. You can even control your decisions and actions, at least at the conscious level. But we still don’t have faith enough in ourselves to believe that we can accomplish our dreams.
One way of telling if someone has faith in themselves is how they view their future, especially in times when they face adversity. Do they see negative setbacks as learning experiences that they can grow from? Do they always have a positive outlook on their future because they have enough faith in what they’re creating?
In Think and Grow Rich (T&GR) Mr. Hill states that “faith is the visualization of and belief in attainment of desire.” You need to have faith that what you desire is even possible before you can even began to do it, don’t you? He continues to state that describing faith is like describing the color red to a blind person, it’s a state of mind. But if you don’t have faith in yourself, don’t be discouraged because the emotion of faith can be developed through repetition of affirmations to your subconscious mind. You have to reframe the negative into a positive. You need to convince yourself that you can do it.
Isn’t that what the children’s story “The Little Engine That Could” was all about, repetition of affirmations, “I think I can, I think I can, I know I can, I know I can.” How many adults do you know that need to read that story again? Is “I can’t” in your vocabulary?
“Every man is what he is because of the dominating thoughts which he permits to occupy his mind.”
~ Napoleon Hill
James Allan in his book The Life Triumphant published in 1907 states, “The man of faith does not succumb when difficulties present themselves; he does not despair when troubles overtake him. However steep and dark his path may seem, he looks forward to a brighter pathway ahead; sees a destination of rest and light beyond it.”
On the opposite side, have you ever meet someone who always looked at the negatives and dwelled on how bad it was going to make their life. Some people call these folks pessimists, but maybe they just don’t have any faith in themselves. Faith that no matter what happens to them, life will be better. James Allan also says, “There are those who, having yielded to defeat in the battle of life, talk thoughtlessly about the wrongs they have suffered at the hands of others.”
If the Law of Attraction is correct, if you dwell on the negative outcomes won’t you get negative outcomes? But if you focus on positive outcomes, if you have faith, aren’t you more likely to have positive outcomes?
Here is a poem written by Walter D. Wintle that can help you improve the faith in yourself.
If you think you are beaten, you are,
If you think you dare not, you don’t
If you like to win, but you think you can’t,
It is almost certain you won’t.
If you think you’ll lose, you’re lost
For out of the world we find,
Success begins with a fellow’s will—
It’s all in the state of mind.
If you think you are outclassed, you are,
You’ve got to think high to rise,
You’ve got to be sure of yourself before
You can ever win a prize.
Life’s battles don’t always go
To the stronger or faster man,
But soon or late the man who wins
Is the man WHO THINKS HE CAN!
What areas of your life do you need to improve your faith in? What opportunities will appear if you just have the faith that what you desire will come true?
Opportunities are the stepping stones through life, have faith in your dreams and the stones will appear.
What areas of your life do you need more faith in?