Believe in yourself

A common excuse you hear about someone setting a goal is, “I’ll never be able to do that.” Why do people say that? Because they have told themselves that they can’t succeed before they even ask themselves the what, the why and the how. It reminds me of the story of the bumblebee. A few years ago, scientists at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration developed an interest in bumblebees. The lab folks figured the insect held some secret of flight that may provide answers to questions about operation in space. They asked themselves how such small wings could produce efficient lift for such a relatively large and hairy torso. And how could a round body and flight position violating many principles of aerodynamics move so efficiently through the air? They felt there was much to be learned from the bumblebee. These scientists set about studying the bumblebee to discover its flying secrets. They hypothesized, scrutinized, examined, dissected, measured, timed, filmed, observed, compared, quantified, thought about and debated the bumblebee. After weeks of study they came to one conclusion – bumblebees are not capable of flight. But no one has told the bumblebee. Actually the thought of anything else never even crosses its mind. It just keeps on flying. The single most critical part of achieving a goal is believing in yourself and your capability to succeed. Henry Ford once said, “If you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re probably right.” The bumblebee thinks it can fly. If you are ever going to succeed in your goal, the first thing you must do is believe in yourself just as the bumblebee does. If you can do that when setting your goals, you are halfway there. And remember that strength doesn't come from what you can do. It comes from overcoming the things you once thought you couldn't.