“But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus” Philippians 3:13 - 14 NIV.
You’re mostly what you believe yourself to be.
Your self-concept determines most of what you accomplish in life. Believing you can do more, usually means you can.
Granted, when you were born, to whom you were born, and other socio-economic factors play a part, but only a small part. Where you come from matters little compared to where you see yourself going. Howard Schultz of Starbucks grew up in a public housing project in New York City. John Paul Dejoria of the Paul Mitchell haircare empire was a troubled teen in L.A.’s Echo Park District and a gang member. Sam Walton of Walmart grew up in the depression era milking cows, delivering newspapers, and selling magazine subscriptions.
These self-motivating innovators knew their why even if they had to discover the how as they pursued their dreams. Your why is much more important than your how. Cultivating a strong belief in yourself and your vision to be the best version of yourself isn’t selfish or narcissistic. Your belief in your potential sets the boundaries of your life and often provides the opportunity to bless others around you. The way you see yourself is the number one determinant of breaking out of limiting factors. We pretty much get what we’re looking for in life. This principle plays out repeatedly in every arena of life. Set your sights high. Learn to believe. Dream again. Forgive yourself for all you’ve done or neglected to do and move on.