Trying to succeed in life is a two-edged sword, especially if we don’t have a clue what we want, or need to do, to be successful.  First, we need to believe that we can succeed.  Second, we must find the thing with which we will succeed.  The first I can help you with, the second you will discover along the way.

Right now, we need to believe that we can succeed.

But there is a problem. We know ourselves better than anyone. We know our failures.  We know our insecurities.  We know our fears.  Add to these realities, the fact that most of us don’t have a good track record of success. So, why should we try, right?

I understand.  But try, we must.  Otherwise we will stay right where we are, or get even worse!

Not good.

So, let me tell you something that was told to me a long time ago: “I WANT TO BELIEVE IN YOU”.

Now, you may be wondering why I want to believe in you, when I do not know you.  Because it is the greatest gift, I can give you.  I don’t know all the mistakes you’ve made in life, but I know mine.  I’m not proud of mine, and I’m certain you aren’t proud of yours either.  But we can move forward.  We do not have to let the past define us.

I’m certain you have been told, at least once, that you will never amount to anything.  Some have been told this so many times that they have begun believing it!  I was told the same thing hundreds of times, and I believed it, too.  Why do we believe it?  Because the people who tell us these things just watched us screw something up! But that does not mean that we will screw everything up.

So, first let us ignore, temporarily, the pessimists.  But do not forget them.  When you win, and you will win, you will want to remember the fact that they said you couldn’t.

Now, my dad was the first to tell me he believed in me.  I was shocked.  I had no idea why he said it since I had just done something stupid.  But the fact that he said it stuck with me.  I couldn’t stop thinking about it.  Finally, I asked him why he believed in me.

He said: “I just want to believe in you, Son.”

It felt like he painlessly slipped my heart out of my chest and kissed it.  Tears came to my eyes.  I wanted so badly to do something, anything, to make him proud of me after what he said.

And I have—hundreds of times.  All because he wanted to believe in me. That’s what started my success. Somebody else wanting to believe in me. And it changed my whole life.

He started my success, so now I want to be the one that starts yours.  Yes, me.  I want to be as important to you and your success, as my dad was to me.  I want to know who you are (name or nickname, etc.). I want to know how I helped you. I want to know what you accomplished because of our alliance.  So, even if it’s small, almost inconsequential, I still want to know your success.

So, let’s do it.  Let’s start it today.  Tell me how any, or all, of my last three blogs have helped you.

I’m waiting on your comment!