By Sofía Rojas Segura (FIGRI)
Many people complain about not being able to achieve their goals and what they want in life, and keep saying that this is the reason why they aren’t happy. But the truth is that believing in yourself, your powers and abilities is important: in fact, what you think is what really matters. The strength of the mind is the key to being successful and living an enjoyable life: if you use it well, everything is possible.
Firstly, “self-confidence” is the starting point. Some people are born with it, some must work hard for it, and others do not know how to get it. Indeed, being confident isn’t easy, and to achieve it, it’s necessary to surround yourself with friends, trust, positivism, love and patience. For example, the main reason why people fail in job interviews is that they don’t believe in themselves or don’t believe that they have the skills and qualities needed for it. According to Charlie Chaplin, “you have to believe in yourself. Without absolute confidence in yourself, you are doomed to failure.” People who believe in themselves are mostly successful, like the presidents of big companies, singers, the founders of new businesses, and so on. This type of person tries to avoid thinking bad things about themselves because those thoughts damage their self-confidence, and consequently the way to achieve their goals.
Secondly, as I said before, thoughts make powerful changes in how the world works. It is important to know what you want in life and in that way, no negative thoughts or doubts should cross your mind. For example, haven’t you thought since you woke up that it was going to be a bad hair day, and that was how it was? Well, the thoughts that you often think tend to come true. According to scientific studies, the basic building blocks of our Universe are either particles or waves. Each scientist obtained different results whenever the experiment was performed, and it was discovered that those fundamental building blocks became waves or particles depending on the expectations of the scientist doing the experiment. Needless to say, if you want to achieve your goals positively, you need to be full of positive expectations and thoughts.
Thirdly, affirmations are another useful mental tool for achieving success. What someone affirms becomes part of their subconscious mind, and consequently affects their behaviour and actions. The subconscious is an extraordinary thing, and it surrounds affirmations and visualisations of you achieving your goals. For example, the actor Jim Carrey said in an interview that in the early 1990s he was an unknown actor struggling to get by, so to stay motivated, he wrote himself a cheque for ten million dollars for “acting services rendered”, dating it for 1994. Then he put the cheque into his wallet as daily inspiration. Amazingly, he earned ten million dollars in 1994 for his role in “Dumb and Dumber”. This means that the affirmations you have in your brain produce actions in the future. So, if you think and act like something is going to happen, sooner or later, you will achieve your goal.