Belief is the drive that pushes us forward. Belief is the
light that chases away the darkness of fear, doubt and disbelief in our dreams.
Belief is the catalyst that transforms our negatives into positives. But belief
to be effective has a Siamese twin and that is action. Whatever you believe in
you cannot achieve it if you do not take action.
Bill Gold was absolutely right, you were born to win, but to
be a winner, you must plan to win, prepare to win and expect to win. It is not
a hidden fact that life has a lot to offer to those who dare to follow their
dreams, who dare to take their future into their own hands, who dare to step
over their failures and reach for victory.
Any superstar that marvels us today believed in what he or
she could do and invested a lot of time on training to become the best. Sir
Thomas Edison failed 9999 times to come up with the light bulb only to succeed
at the 10000th time. If he had not turned his belief into action,
possibly we should have been using kerosene lamps up until now. Bill Gates
believed in computers transforming the corporate and personal lives, he went on
programming and now he is the richest person on earth.
And when you are injecting the dosage of action in your
belief factor, hold the biggest vision possible for your life and it can come true.
Marc Eisenson in the book Six secrets to
a rich life eloquently gives a practical example of the power of holding
the biggest vision possible.
It is well stated in the book that in her commencement
speech to the 1997 graduating class of Wellesley College, Oprah Winfrey told
the story of her ‘wildest dreams’ show, where she asked women to share their
wildest dreams so she could fulfill some of them. One woman got to ride a camel
in Egypt. Another asked for and got a house. A third dreamer had her college
debt paid off. Many other women had a simpler dream - they just wanted to meet
The story goes on to explain that those women who just
wanted to meet Oprah and got their wish were upset when they found out what
Oprah had done to others. As she said in her speech, “….some of them afterwards
were crying to me, saying that we didn’t know, we didn’t know and this is
unfair! And I said, ‘that is the lesson: you needed to dream a bigger dream for
The words of wisdom say: shoot for the moon, even if you
miss you will land among the stars. The bottom line is shoot as you have
already believed that your arrow can reach the moon. Remember that an AK 47
rifle with all the fear it brings in people cannot fire let alone kill if no
one pulls its trigger. We all believe an AK 47 is a death sentence but it is
only when action is ignited on its trigger that its real characters can be
But taking action comes at a cost, it entails that you
change the way you do things, you start investing your time and money in the
idea you believe in. This swings you into the uncomfortable zone. But it is
necessary to do that. To get what you want in life, you have to let go of
things you do not want, even though you may have invested a lot of time and
money in them along the way. While this is difficult, the benefits will make it
well worth the effort.
People will laugh at you as you begin to change. If your
dream still remains a mere dream it is all just because you are not taking the action
to change your lifestyle. It takes courage to change, teaches Marc Eisenson
again, as it often arouses conflicts with the ones we love.
Act now, act now, act now, you need to act because your
dreams are not far away; they are only a few steps ahead waiting there for you.
If David had not challenged Goliath he could not have been a revered hero among
the Israelis. If Fidel Castro had underestimated his less than two scores army
and fought on he could not have overthrown Batista in Cuba. If William
Kamkwamba had not built a windmill from rudimentary products his name would
have died in limbo. If Michael Jordan had not tried the many slum dunks, he
could not have been the best basketball star the world has ever had. Even
though with a hoarse voice, Tracy Chapman went on singing and mesmerized the