Belief In Oneself

- POSTED ON: May 11, 2011



Believing in oneself is simple to understand,
but is difficult to put into practice.

It takes a positive mindset to achieve in life,
and a belief that we can accomplish what we need to do.

To establish confidence that we can achieve our goals.
we sometimes need to ignore what others say.

Other people might tell us that we can’t achieve
a seemingly unreachable task or target.
But if we have belief in ourselves and have decided
to work on achieving a task, success can happen.

 Self-belief…even in times of great desperation…
is what gives us the confidence to put forth the effort
that is necessary to accomplish our goals.
The old fable below illustrates the point.

One day after a day of hard work a donkey was returning home from the field
and suddenly he slipped and fell into a deep well. The donkey started crying
and hearing his cry, the farmer came and tried to pull the donkey
out of the well.

However the donkey was too frightened to even try to climb out,
because he thought he might fall again while being pulled out of the well.
Finally, the exhausted farmer, decided to take his friends’ advice
to leave the donkey in the well and to close up the well
so there would be no more falling incidents.

 The donkey was sad when he heard them discussing the plan.
He had served the farmer for years, and now they were going to kill him
by closing the well. He lost all hope.

The farmer and his friends started throwing sand into the well
and when the sand started pouring on top of the donkey's body
the donkey realized he was about to die.

But the donkey then chose to use this hardship as an opportunity,
and started jumping over the sand each time it was thrown into the well.
As the sand piled up, the donkey rose to the top of the well
where he was able to climb out. This made everyone very happy.

The moral of this fable is that when the donkey believed in himself
enough to make the effort, he used his last opportunity to solve his problem.

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On May 11, 2011 jhwalk57 wrote:
Sorry Phyllis, but I disagree with today's "thinspiration". I work with people who come up against insurmountable odds. Perhaps, this is why I am quite sensitive to such inclusive claims. Offering "Just believe in yourself" to hurting souls facing absolute physical, relational and material loss is often interpreted as trite and not helpful. I agree if you mean "when it comes to losing weight" .... Believing in oneself to have the ability and willpower to lose weight can make it happen! Perhaps things said in "thinspiration" are meant in light of losing and maintaining weight.

On May 11, 2011 Dr. Collins wrote:
             jhwalk, Thanks for your thoughtful comment. While each of these "Thinspiration Moments" is meant primarily re weight-loss and maintenance, I do agree that some of these positive comments are a bit overstated. All of us have biological limits, and the laws of the universe also apply to us all. However positive statements about issues of belief, in oneself and in a higher power, in general have been common for centuries. For example in Matthew 17:20 Jesus said "If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there' and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you." Some take those words literally and others do not. Some define "faith" in this statement to mean only faith in God not faith in oneself. Despite these differences, the core statement of Jesus is quite a broad positive statement about the enormous power of the word belief is a synonym of faith...and I've never considered such words to be trite or unhelpful. Personally, I think that with all the negatives that exist everywhere in life, being able to believe in the positive is rather magical.

On May 12, 2011 jhwalk57 wrote:
Phyllis, I totally agree with your comment to my comment. Beautifully stated. It is a flawless reflection and right on target!

On May 12, 2011 Dr. Collins wrote:
             jh, I feel honored and am deeply grateful for your words of praise.

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