Do You Believe It?

Have you ever wondered about the impact of conviction or belief?  How about the value of believing not only in what we do, but also in our own ability to do it?

Much has been written about these concepts, which have been categorized in various ways, including believing in yourself, faith, conviction, laws of attraction, or self-confidence.

Well-known examples include “The Power of Positive Thinking,” by Dr. Norman Vincent Peale, and Rhonda Byrne’s “The Secret.” And, of course, we all remember the story about the little train. “I think I can…”

Here are a few additional perspectives on how our belief or conviction might enable us to achieve greater levels of success and fulfillment:

In his book, “The Power of Self-Confidence,” Brian Tracy concludes that “the foundation quality of success in every walk of life is self-confidence.”

Tracy also shares examples and case studies, and suggests, “If you had unlimited self-confidence, you would be more powerful, popular and persuasive… you would be admired, respected and sought after… recognition and responsibilities would flow to you because of people’s belief in your ability to do what it took to get the job done.”

In his article “The Greatest Principle of Human Persuasion,” author and sales expert G. Harold McLeod identifies a person’s conviction as the most persuasive component of communication. “People are persuaded more by the depth of your conviction than by the height of your logic,” he says. “…more by your own enthusiasm than any proof you can offer… people are converted not to your way of thinking; they are persuaded more by your way of feeling, your way of believing.”

In his book “The Art of the Solo Performer,” author and musician Steve Rapson explains that at one time or another even the most seasoned artists — whether they be musicians, actors, singers or speakers — are affected by nervousness or stage-fright, and that the most effective way of overcoming the affliction involves a combination of “preparation and conviction,” which, he explains, are key ingredients to self confidence.

The power of belief or conviction is considerable… making the pursuit of it most worthwhile.