“If you believe it, the mind can achieve it”
— Ronnie Lott
Belief is one of the most powerful drugs in the world.
You need to believe in yourself.
Believe that you can accomplish your goals. Believe that you are a good person. Believe that you can change the world.
Alongside self-belief, being around others who believe in you is vital for success. This what I heard when I interviewed Jordan Burroughs, US Olympic Gold Medalist Wrestler.
Before Burroughs won a Gold Medal at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, he was an unknown. He was an underdog. He described himself as “just a small, black kid from the United States”.
This isn’t how his coach Mark Manning viewed him, however. Manning viewed him as the greatest wrestler in the world.
They would watch tape together before the Olympics and scout the world’s top wrestlers. Manning would tell Burroughs “you can beat these guys”.
Maybe you’ve had a coach, teacher or parent that promoted this thinking within you too. The significance of these figures in our lives can’t be overstated. Perhaps even you can return the favor.
Confucius once noted that the man who thinks he can and the man who thinks he can’t are both right. Burroughs’ self-belief, alongside Manning’s coaching, led him to become one of the best American wrestlers of all time.
Don’t underestimate the power of your beliefs and a relentless work ethic.