Updated: January 23, 2022
The holidays are over and it’s time to face the new year ahead.
Thinking back – if I would take just one lesson I learned last year to guide me this year, I’d choose the power of believing.
Believing that I can do whatever I put my mind into, that my dreams are always just within my reach – believing that success is inevitable.
For me, that’s the importance of having a strong internal faith.
Believing in yourself gives you focus, clarity, and the confidence to act towards your goals.
But how do you build such self-confidence? How do you convince yourself that you can succeed in whatever you do? How do you start believing in your success?
Set small achievable goals.
Give yourself a task to accomplish each day. Make it simple and being able to do them would be a reward in itself for you.
Success in small quantities builds self-confidence that will inspire you to go for bigger goals.
What are examples of these small achievable goals? For this week, try being early for work, avoid eating anything fried in cooking oil, or maybe commit to spending at least 20 minutes for exercise.
Make your own decisions.
Every day in our life, we are faced with choices. When you can’t decide on something, do you instantly turn for advice? Or worse, just choose whatever is the most popular choice?
One should learn how to make decisions solely based on one’s knowledge and experience. Self-reliance plays a big role in having self-confidence.
For example, a friend’s birthday is coming up and you can’t decide on what to give. Instead of immediately asking your other friends for good gift ideas, why not just decide whatever you believe your friend would like.
Accept that failure is part of success.
Nobody has ever achieved anything great without failing at least once in their life. We all make mistakes and when you do, it means you’ve just eliminated one obstacle that hinders you from your goal.
I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. Twenty-six times, I’ve been trusted to take the game-winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed. – Michael Jordan
Never let critics discourage you.
Be wary of people who put you down. Never let them convince you that you are less than who you are.
There will always be people who would discourage you and won’t believe that you can achieve your goals. Listen to their reasons why they believe that way and use it to positively improve yourself.
Give yourself to others.
One of the best ways to feel good about yourself is to help others. Why?
Because when you give your time, energy, skills, and talent to charity, you’ll realize that your value as a person is something that other people need and deeply appreciate.
Serving others will give you self-respect and a sense of purpose – fuel that will boost your confidence in yourself.
Remember that success starts in your mind and your heart.
When you push away your doubts and your fears and believe that you will succeed, then it’s only a matter of time before the universe grants your wish.
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My favorite quote about failure comes from Tom Watson the founder of IBM…
“If you want to increase your success rate, double your failure rate.â€
Belief and faith have a lot to do with the success that people get. Even when things are not going well at the moment, through faith, a person can weather any storm and persevere for success. 🙂 nice post to start the new year. 🙂
True enough, Fitz.
Incidentally, I just watched Jessica Cox being interviewed on local TV. She is the first and only armless certified pilot in US and she is half Filipino. I just cannot help but be inspired and blog about her.
I read a quotation before and I always remember this.
Success is never final, failure is never fatal.
Success is inevitable, love that attitude!
A million bucks in 2010 or bust for me! 🙂
hi fitz,thanks for your another informative post..
Hi Fitz. Been reading your blog for months now and every time I finish reading your posts it always gives inspirations not only in money matters but also in morals.
“Give yourself to others.” -> This part of your post reminds me of a dear friend and mentor in Opus Dei.
It’s nice to be back reading your blog Sir Fitz. 🙂 Happy and fruitful new year to you!
I like that quote. Thanks for sharing it. 😀
Yes, faith is very powerful and it can really make a difference.
Indeed, failure is never fatal – and that’s why you should not be afraid of it.
@FS / Sam
Wow! All the best on that quest for one million bucks – and you know what, I feel that it’s going to be easy challenge for you. 😀
You’re welcome. Glad you liked it.
Thank you. I try to do my best to teach and inspire. 🙂
Same to you. May you have a happy and fruitful 2010!
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Wow! Nung 2010 pa pala ang post na to 😀
I find it useful this year! thanks Fitz
“I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” – Michael Jordan
hi sir Fitz 🙂 i’ve been reading your blog for months..and I use to write down all your inspiring qoutes/message in every blog of yours.Then, I post it on my wall so that I can read it everyday and keep motivated..
Thank you. Cheers for this good life 🙂
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