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Life’s Battles


Why believing in your own ability is vital


“Life’s battles don’t always go to the stronger or faster man. But sooner or later the man who wins, is the man who thinks he can” Walter D Wintle

The power of thought, yes indeed it is a great power we have within us and one that can sink us or take us to personal victory. To believe I can versus doubting my own abilities can be the thing that decides the outcome. I have struggled a lot with this in my life, it’s almost like I know I am able and good at doing, and I can, I know I can, but I don’t believe I can. And that might sound strange. If I know I can, surely, I believe I can? Yes… but no.

I guess for me it comes down to the brain being the side of me that knows I can. Logically I can figure things out. But that belief doesn’t always necessarily sit in my brain. That belief sits somewhere in my heart or even my gut. So, I go ahead and do, do, do and things are going well and then suddenly one morning I wake up and my whole body is screaming: “But Tiina, you don’t believe you can do this, so there is no point in doing what you are doing, it is never going to work out anyway!”

And that is when the problems start… and I need to begin working on aligning myself properly, so that head, heart, soul and body are all in the game and I can continue doing, and I can believe that I can.

When I was younger, there was a guy in the group of people I used to hang out with. He wasn’t more intelligent than the rest of us, he wasn’t funnier, granted that he was good looking, but he wasn’t the ‘best’ looking one. But boy, did he have charisma, and oh boy, did he believe in himself and his ability and so everyone else did as well, of course, and things seemed to pretty much always go his way.

Now, if I don’t think I can, why should anybody else think I can? And if I don’t believe in myself, why should anyone else believe in me?  

Belief is such an important starting point. If belief is missing, put time into working on it – it will be worth your while.


About the Author Tiina Mokvist

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