How to Get a Piece of Peace in Your Life

Monday, May 23, 2005

Belief in Yourself

"The first peace, which is the most important, is that which comes within the souls of people when they realize their relationship, their oneness with the universe and all its powers, and when they realize that at the center of the universe dwells the Great Spirit, and that this center is really everywhere, it is within each of us." -- Black Elk (1863-1950)

What is stopping you from believing in yourself?

Perhaps you've experienced failure. Does that prevent you from believing that the next time could be a success?

Perhaps you've been told so many negative things by people around you that you begin to believe them. Do not forget that many positive comments also come our way, but we sometimes dismiss these by telling ourselves that people are just trying to be nice.

Let's have consistent logic so that we do not self-sabotage:

1) believe that all comments, positive or negative, have some truth.

2) believe that many people around us are capable of saying positive or negative comments, and can depend on their perspectives, moods, past experiences, etc.

3) believe that we have a right to our own perspectives, opinions, and positive or negative comments about ourselves.

Many of us warp this logic into illogic such as this: all negative comments are true and all positive comments are false. Ask yourself, "How does this benefit me?"

The next step to undoing the illogic: BELIEVE IN YOURSELF.

Even if you do not believe the positive comments, surround yourself with people who deliver them, or deliver them to yourself out loud in the mirror. Why? Because even if you dismiss them at the present moment, your mind records those messages permanently and you will begin to believe them subconsciously.

Attempt to even pretend to believe in yourself and watch it become true over time.

"In you are natural powers. You already possess everything necessary to become Great." -- Chief Crow