Believe in Yourself
BELIEVE IN YOURSELF! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable
confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy. But with sound
self-confidence you can succeed. A sense of inferiority and inadequacy interferes
with the attainment of your hopes, but self-confidence leads to self-realizationand
successful achievement. Because of the importance of this mental attitude, this book
will help you believe in yourself and release your inner powers.
It is appalling to realize the number of pathetic people who are hampered and made
miserable by the malady popularly called the inferiority complex. But you need not
suffer from this trouble. When proper steps are taken, it can be overcome.You can
develop creative faith in yourself—faith that is justified.
After speaking to a convention of businessmen in a city auditorium, I was on the
stage greeting people when a man approached me and with a peculiar intensity of
manner asked, "May I talk with you about a matter of desperate importance to me?"
I asked him to remain until the others had gone, then we went backstage and sat
down."I’m in this town to handle the most important business deal of my life," he
explained. "If I succeed, it means everything to me. If I fail, I’m done for."
I suggested that he relax a little, that nothing was quite that final. If he
succeeded, that was fine. If he didn’t, well, tomorrow was another day.
"I have a terrible disbelief in myself," he said dejectedly. "I have no confidence.
Ijust don’t believe I can put it over. I am very discouraged and depressed. In
fact," he lamented, "I’m just about sunk. Here I am, forty years old. Why is it that
all my life I have been tormented by inferiority feelings, by lack of confidence, by
self-doubt? I listened to your speech tonight in which you talked about the power of
positive thinking, and I want to ask how I can get some faith inmyself."
"There are two steps to take," I replied. "First, it is important to discover why
you have these feelings of no power. That requires analysis and will take time. We
must approach the maladies of our emotional life as a physician probes to find
something wrong physically. This cannot be done immediately, certainly not in our
brief interview tonight, and it may require treatment toreach a permanent solution.
But to pull you through this immediate problem I shall give you a formula which will
work if you use it.
"As you walk down the street tonight I suggest that you repeat certain words which I
shall give you. Say them over several times after you get into bed. When you awaken
tomorrow, repeat them three times before arising. On the way to your important
appointment saythem three additional times. Do this with an attitude of faith and
you will receive sufficient strength and ability to deal with this problem. Later,
if you wish, we can go into an analysis of your basic problem, but whatever we come
up with following that study, the formula which I am now going to give you can be a
large factor in the eventual cure."
Following is the affirmation which I gavehim "I can do all things through Christ
which strengtheneth me." (Ph 4:13) He was unfamiliar with these words so I wrote
them on a card and had him read them over three times aloud.
"Now, follow that prescription, and I am sure things will come out all right."
He pulled himself up, stood quietly for a moment, then said with considerable
feeling, "O.K., Doctor. O.K." I watched him square hisshoulders and walk out into
the night. He seemed a pathetic figure, and yet the way he carried himself as he
disappeared showed that faith was already at work in his mind.
Subsequently he reported that this simple formula "did wonders" for him and added,
"It seems incredible that a few words from the Bible could do so much for a person."
This man later had a study made of the reasons tor...