Believe in Yourself

The people who take the biggest risks and ultimately achieve the biggest goals have learned to establish a very high level of self belief. Having faith your abilities is a state of mind but I also believe that it is a habit that you can develop with practice and persistence. In this video I talk about the importance of believing in yourself so that you can pursue all of your goals and dreams with confidence.

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24 Responses to Believe in Yourself

  1. Ted Payne March 24, 2010 at 2:17 pm #

    Great video Justin – In the whole realm of “personal development” I think my biggest issue is self confidence – so I love going through all information related to that area.

    I think a lot of our problems in believing in ourselves are due more to our environment than our nature. I am not sure what kills out self confidence as we grow up, maybe it is our parents, our teachers, our bosses or maybe it is just our own failures. But there is definitely a time in a lot of our lives, where dreaming big and believing you can be anything you want to be (remember what you wanted to be as a kid?) changes into – “Holy Crap I need a job and benefits!”

    it is weird that so many people fall into this (myself included) when you think about the fact that almost every HUGE discovery or development in our lifetimes(and before) can be attributed to someone who believed in themselves wholeheartedly even in the face of complete doubt and sometimes ridicule.
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    • Justin Popovic March 25, 2010 at 9:17 am #

      Ted, great point…and very true. All great accomplishments were achieved by people who had incredible self belief and personal faith. I’m glad this video helped you think about your own self confidence and hopefully help you to improve it!

  2. Garry March 24, 2010 at 7:18 pm #

    Hey Justin

    Excellent video, I’m with Ted and tend to fall under the self confidence umbrella, I continually have to remind myself that as long as I’m doing things to the best of my ability it will all work out.

    Garry

    • Justin Popovic March 25, 2010 at 9:19 am #

      Good call Garry. All we can ever do in each moment is execute to the best of or ability. If we go into each situation with that mindset, we will be primed to learn and expand our capabilities with each new move we make! Thanks for stopping by.

  3. Douglas Robinson March 24, 2010 at 7:37 pm #

    Great video. At one time people thought the world was flat and it limited their boundaries. I was always told you will never make this or that happen (the world is flat mentality). Columbus didn’t just believe the world was round. He observed the sun and the stars, in other words, he did not listen to opinion but he observed his surroundings and thought for himself. That is the key, thinking for ourself.

    Doug
    The Audiobook Entrepreneur

    • Justin Popovic March 25, 2010 at 9:21 am #

      Good point Doug. Listening to your own better judgment and following our gut instincts is sometimes the only “voice” we can rely on. Not to say we should not listen to input from others, but when the input is telling you to quit when you know in your heart to keep going, you have to follow your own voice.

  4. Shelly Sargent March 25, 2010 at 8:00 am #

    Ah… self doubt – killer of creativity and entrepreneurial spirit. In part, I think self-doubt begins in childhood when adults in our lives begin limiting our behaviour in an ongoing effort to save us from our boundless enthusiasm and imagination. The problem arises when we also learn that EVERYTHING we think should be subject to this lack of confidence.

    I think the important thing is to remember (and teach our children, perhaps?) is that some self-doubt is healthy and necessary… it helps you poke holes in your ideas, solve problems as they come up, keep us from injuring yourself and others by your actions. But holding the courage of your convictions and being confident in your proven abilities is just as important. We need to remind ourselves daily where we started, what our challenges were, how hopeless some things seemed at first (remember those times tables?) And we also need to remember that confidence is built in steps. As Justin said… start with a small project, move on from there.

    Great video, Justin – keep them coming! 🙂

    • Justin Popovic March 25, 2010 at 9:23 am #

      Awesome input Shelly thanks! I completely agree… much of our self doubt is programmed into us by well meaning adults (heck, I do it myself to my own children now in my effort to keep them safe). I think you make a good point about self-doubt being healthy to an extent. It keeps us sharp and potentially helps us find even better solutions to our problems. I appreciate your input on this topic!

  5. Karen March 25, 2010 at 7:42 pm #

    Hi Justin,

    This is a great video and one message that bears repeating again and again.

    It all boils down to believing in yourself and knowing that no matter happens, you will be able to figure things out. We’re all scared sometimes, but we need to push ourselves through that fear. Overcoming our self-doubts and believing in ourselves builds our self-confidence. The more we overcome, the more we believe that we can overcome, just by trying our best.

    This is a fundamental skill that we need to practice in our daily lives.

    Thanks for sharing,
    Karen
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  6. butterfly March 26, 2010 at 9:53 am #

    it is a learning experience…for years I have not believed in things that I do but now…things are changing. Great post.

    • Justin Popovic March 26, 2010 at 10:40 am #

      Thanks butterfly! I appreciate your input and thanks for stopping by my site.

  7. Betty March 29, 2010 at 4:43 pm #

    Great video. Believing in oneself is the key to success. I recently came across a video clip called Act As If which is about believing in yourself and being able to achieve great things. You’re right it’s about finding the answers and finding a solution…believe in yourself! http://bit.ly/azI0s1

    • Justin Popovic March 29, 2010 at 8:18 pm #

      Hey Betty. Thanks for your comments. I’m glad you liked the video.
      I know the lesson about “Acting As If”. I remember Jack Canfield discussing that lesson when I saw him speak.
      Very powerful!
      Thanks for stopping by, I’ll be following you on twitter!

  8. Leigh Sherman March 30, 2010 at 6:47 am #

    Great Video Justin. I like Karen’s comment above, mentioning that this message is worth hearing again and again.

    Karen you bring up an important point. Repetition is key!

    The more I immerse myself around groups of leaders, information, progressive working environments, etc etc, the more opportunities I am provided to develop this critical concept of belief in my own ability.

    Super important video, this information needs to be taught more in our education systems, more so than any other topic – period.

    Thanks for you consistent and empowering leadership Justin, I love reading and watching your blog.

    • Justin Popovic March 30, 2010 at 7:53 am #

      Thanks Leigh. You make a good point about immersion. That is exactly why I run this website. I want people, including myself, to have an opportunity for self and business development on an ongoing basis. If we all absorb and produce content that focuses on these ideas regularly, we will all benefit in the long run.

    • Karen April 3, 2010 at 2:54 pm #

      Thanks, Leigh 🙂

      You bring up a great point about topics such as these should be taught in school. Maybe we wouldn’t have the issues in the school system (bullying, etc) if self-esteem, self-respect and respect for others was taught.
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  9. Chris Eh Young March 30, 2010 at 10:07 am #

    Sometimes when you have a hard time believing in yourself, it is possible to borrow someone else’s. Having someone in your corner who believes in you, like a success coach, good friend, etc., can be a great help.

    Let one small accomplishment fuel the next, then the next, until you’ve built momentum. Belief is the starting point of success, believe in yourself and let yourself be amazed at what you can do.

    Many a man can find all the reasons why he cant do something when all he needs is one reason why he can.

    • Justin Popovic March 30, 2010 at 10:17 am #

      Great quote Chris. Its true. And from an entrepreneur perspective, life can be like a roller coaster of emotion every single week. You may appear to be on a huge upswing then suddenly a client’s check bounces. Or you make a sale and the client changes his/her mind. It is very easy to question yourself, your decisions, your vision, etc.. Having other people believe in you can be HUGE to keep you on the right track.

  10. Stan Young April 1, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    Once again another inspirational video Justin.
    In talking about self believe I would score myself on the low side and in some way this may not be entirely be objective as we quite often are our own worst critic and somtimes loose sight of our own accomplishments in life.
    Self believe for me translates into achieving goals and its often easy to loose sight of what one has already acomplished in life.
    The terms “fire in the belly” and “following your heart” come to mind when I think of self believe. I guess it is human nature that we always want more out of life and I think having faith in ones own ability ties closely into self belief.
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    • Justin Popovic April 2, 2010 at 11:28 am #

      I agree, Stan, that it is easy to forget about previous successes when your current reality looks bleak. I have used a success journal at various stages of my life to recall success from the past. You might want to try keeping a small log of all the successes you achieve. Even if they are small successes, reliving the event in your mind can give you an instant does of self-belief…and that can go a long way

  11. Tammy Matthews April 10, 2011 at 10:51 am #

    Justin,
    Taking yourself back to a time when you were successful is a great way to find the belief in yourself when you don’t have it and you need it! I love it!

    Another great way to believe in yourself is believe in someone else’s belief in your until yours kicks in. There have been people who believed in you when you didn’t and those people’s belief can help you make it through.

    Great information, thank you.
    Tammy
    Tammy Matthews recently posted..What Do Your Words Say About You
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