Believe You Can Do It

There’s nothing more critical to achieving a goal than believing you can do it. Think about it — if you don’t believe you can do it, you probably won’t even take the first step. And you certainly won’t continue on if things get tough. So how do you convince yourself that something can be done?

Look around

Chances are that someone in the world has done the thing you are dreaming of — or at least something close to what you’re dreaming of.

People really do quit their jobs and start a small business. They take trips around the world. They attend college, buy houses, pay off huge amounts of debt, and all kinds of other things.

And if they can do it, you have absolute proof that it can be done. You can do it too, with determination and effort.

But what if you don’t have proof, yet?

Believe in impossible things

You’ve also got to know that the Queen had it right:

“Alice laughed: “There’s no use trying,” she said; “one can’t believe impossible things.”

“I daresay you haven’t had much practice,” said the Queen. “When I was younger, I always did it for half an hour a day. Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”

– from Alice in Wonderland

Even if you think what you’d love to do is impossible, know that plenty of “impossible” things have happened. Dara Torres won Olympic medals in her 40s. People have walked around on the moon. I regularly get up early in the mornings. (OK, so maybe that last one isn’t on the same level…)

Practice makes possible

Maybe your initial goal seems too overwhelming (or impossible). Break it down into smaller parts. Maybe you can’t run a marathon today. But you CAN walk a mile. Or take a few steps. And you can build from there.

Practice does make possible. You’ve just got to find the courage to believe you can do it, and the strength to keep at it when things get tough (or when you get bored, tired, or sidetracked.) Keep coming back to your goal. Keep working away at it, and something inside you will change as your belief gets stronger and stronger.

So take your next step. Believe you can do it, and you will.