If bones form the skeleton of our physical being, beliefs form the scaffolding of our mental selves. Beliefs have tremendous power, and can have either a positive or negative impact on our lives.
We hold beliefs about everything. We develop these beliefs based on those around us, our experiences, and the media.
Beliefs about ourselves can have the most dramatic impact on our life. Some of the most successful people in history have overcome incredible adversity to realize their dreams. One key factor in their success has been an unwavering belief in themselves.
I have been fortunate to have many people in my life who have believed in me. My father was one of my biggest cheerleaders. I can still remember him at my soccer games saying “Run Reuben, run.” He instilled in me the importance of a positive attitude. My dad also taught me that happiness comes from within, and can’t be obtained from external sources.
It’s easy to forget that nobody can be you, and that we are all created to serve a unique purpose in this world. The how and when isn’t always visible to us, but we are all born with an innate sense of greatness, and destined to shine in our own way.
So believe in yourself, and how great you are, because not only will you feel better, but you are more likely to have a positive impact on those around you as well. Like Oprah always says, your greatest accomplishment is simply to be YOUR best SELF.