Believe in Yourself

Too often we second-guess ourselves and our abilities. We don’t really believe we can fulfil our dreams. I am more than ever convinced that if we have a strong sense of self, apart from our job status or where we come from, we tend to worry less about what others will think of us or who we are trying to impress. We can instead have an attitude of “Give it a go!”

I was visiting the fabulous Russell Street School in Palmerston North this week to read my new Stanley book to a few classes. What a privilege and what cool kids and committed teachers. I was asked some very good questions and it made me realise afresh that for anyone to have a dream (for me writing a children’s book) we cannot give up when the going gets tough. Whatever the doubts we have in our own heads about our ability to complete a project we must choose not to listen to those negative words. If we want to inspire kids to achieve their dreams we must first believe in ourselves and overcome our obstacles. It gives way us more credibility. In other words we “walk the talk”.

I have learned to start with a small project and when it is achieved it gives such a sense of satisfaction. Elation even. Our confidence grows with success and so does our belief in ourselves that we can achieve anything we set our mind to. It is important not to stop there, to keep at it. To move on to the next project, one that is a little more challenging. Will we make mistakes? Yes. Will we fail? Yes. But we can use these experiences as learning-curves to do better next time. Think of it as a glitch in the system. We also need encouragement of others around us, believing in us to cheer us on, to keep up the momentum.

So many people say to me, “One day I’m going to …..” but never get around to doing it. How sad is that? We only have one life and we can choose how we are going to live it. This is not a dress rehearsal. I remember Bryan and I walking the Milford Track 17 years ago and how high we felt after making the 33 ½  miles over such a stunning and diverse landscape. It is one of our great memories! We thought afterwards that we would walk a track every year! I’m not sure what happened to those ideas!

Whatever it is you have always wanted to do, start today.

And in those wise words of Dr Suess, “You have brains in your head .You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go…”