If you don’t believe in yourself, why should anyone else?
There’s only one thing that stands between you and your goals. This one thing is either holding you back or propelling you towards them. It’s the one thing that separate’s the average from the greats and it’s the one thing you need, if you ever want to get ahead.
I’m talking about belief.
I recently quit my job to follow my passions. One being writing and the other, my business, which aims to connect travellers. I wrote a post about the fear I had when taking that risk and how worth while it’s been so far. After writing that, post I’ve received a fair few emails from people telling me about how they’re planning to quit there job or how they’ve already done it.
The Email That Made It Worth It
In particular, I recently received this email:
I’ve been a subscriber of yours for a while. I’m also a new blogger just getting some positive momentum in my site’s growth!
I have to tell you something…
You inspired me to get serious about this shit!
I subscribed to your blog a long time ago, very likely on a Facebook thread, and then I would have an email EVERY DAY that you posted something new. They all had featured images, they all were well written, and I was astonished that you “had the time” to write everyday.
Truth be told…
I thought you had to be some old retired guy!
So one day I finally thought “Alright I need to start reading these posts. I need to figure out how he’s writing so much content!”
Then I come to your home page, and you look like you’re in your mid-twenties!
Then you wrote a post about quitting your job…
I was like shit, he’s GOT to be just as busy as me, and he’s pumping out posts. I’m being an excuse maker.
So I took a few hours, and I got serious about my blog. I write a bit for work everyday, so I decided that right now, as opposed to writing daily, I’m just going to work on my website in some way every day.
So now, I wake up at 5am, coffee at the computer working on the website, workout, work stuff, and off to my real job. I get home, hang with my kid and wife for a bit, and then about 7:30 or 8:00 I hammer on some project (infographic, blog course that I’m taking, my about me page, a post, etc etc) then I’m in bed reading by 9:30pm, and I do it all again the next day!
That structure has got me a few first page rankings on google, about to be featured on a few big (relative to me) websites, I had a back and forth with a journalist for cosmo and HOPE I’m quoted there soon, and now I’m also focusing on growing my email list.
That structure was born out of your daily postings!! So I wanted to drop you a line and say thank you 🙂
So if I may ask, how long have you been blogging?
The ‘Believe’ Switch
Apart from boosting my own self-esteem and giving me the motivation I need to work past my current challenge of pushing through a serious burnout, I found it amazing that this guy had found the courage to believe in himself and relentlessly chase his goals.
I also noticed a pattern in how it happened for him and how it happened for me. It’s a switch. It doesn’t happen over a long period of time, where you slowly develop belief for your goals. It happens almost instantly and it takes just one moment for the switch to turn on.
For him, it was when he read my posts.
For me, it’s been a couple of events. One was the next morning after a huge night out when I’d just had enough of being a loser. The other was when I went into work, after the Christmas Break, and quit after an hour because it wasn’t challenging in any way and I believed in my goals enough to take that leap.
What Do YOU Want?
But here’s the trick. You will never develop belief if you’re chasing anything less than what you want.
In order to reach your goals, they have to actually be your goals. Not what you think you’re capable of or what you think you should do or even what someone else wants from you.
It has to be yours. Otherwise you’ll quit before you reach the end.
If you’re having trouble developing belief maybe it’s time you sit down with your goals and reassess whether your why is strong enough to see out the journey. 9 times out of 10 the issue is in the end goal. If the goal was right, you’d have no issue with seeing through the challenges and seeing out the process.