Power Of Belief

Dr. Purushothaman
October 9, 2013

What is belief, after all? It's the mental acceptance of an idea to be true beyond doubt. You accept an idea as a belief because you trust the source and the authority it comes from. May be the idea is based on so called research, or statistics, from your peers or from religion or culture. Once you accept an idea to be a belief, it starts impacting you.

Does Belief really have power? Yes, of course. It is the most powerful force driving the human race. It is one of the major reasons for events in life like achievement, richness, cure of illness, failure, poverty and even death. In fact belief is one of the strongest forces that compel you to take action on some issues and makes you not to act on some others.

Napoleon Hill in his classic book "Think and Grow Rich" mentioned that what ever a mind of human being can conceive and believe, it can achieve.

Have you heard the story of Roger Banister who ran a mile in four minutes? It was believed for years that it is humanly impossible to run a distance of 1 mile in less than four minutes and true enough, nobody did it, in spite of their best efforts. Many people tried but failed in the attempt as it was believed that its not possible.

In 1954, Roger Banister proved it wrong. Not only he ran a distance of 1 mile in 4 minutes, but he also broke the mental barrier. The mental barrier was the belief many people were subscribing to. What happened after that is interesting. The very first year after Roger Banister proved it wrong, there were 37 others who did break the four minute- mile barrier. And the next year there were about 300 people who did the same.

What has changed? Was it the kind of training? Was it, that people born after 1954, were natural fast runners? Or was it that the actual measure of a mile reduced?

NO. What has changed is just the belief people had. Once Roger Banister did it, people were given a new belief, that, it's really possible to run a mile in four minutes.

Have you heard of the Placebo effect? People are told by their physicians that a particular drug will have a particular effect while they were actually given a mere sugar pill. Because the patients place a belief in the doctor and the drug, the actual results show up. Is the pill working? No. What is working is the belief that the pill works.

What's the moral of the above examples mentioned above? Belief makes you act in certain ways. Be very clear about what you believe. Because what you believe can eventually become true.

Since you now know that "whatever you believe will eventually come true", then why don't you think positive and see that the power of belief works to your advantage.

Start believing in your ability to achieve things in life your goals, your talents, and very soon you will start seeing positive things happening in your life! "Believe it"!

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