Every thinking person has a sincere desire to succeed. You want to win; I want to win. Individuals in their right minds do not get out of bed in the morning and lay out a plan to lose, then attempt to follow that plan to the letter. (Although, I must admit, at times it certainly appears that this is exactly what some people are doing!)

If every person wants to win, and success is available to everyone, the obvious question is: why doesn't every person win? There are many answers to that question, depending upon whom you ask. I have spent the past 35 years studying human behavior--what makes people tick, what makes them do the things they do. I have come to the conclusion that the answer to success is locked up in a single six-letter word: Belief.

Napoleon Hill wrote brilliantly about belief in Think and Grow Rich: "There is a difference between wishing for a thing and being ready to receive it. No one is ready for a thing until they believe they can acquire it. The state of mind must be belief and not mere hope or wish." He went on to say that open-mindedness is essential to belief. Closed minds do not inspire faith, courage or belief.

We all know individuals who seem to be giving everything they've got to their businesses, yet those businesses are either stalled or moving backwards. These individuals want to win, yet they appear to be letting their present results, which are not favorable, control their thinking. Deep down, they don't believe they can get things turned around.

What they are lacking is one, solitary missing ingredient: belief.

All the great religious leaders and philosophers have told us to believe and succeed, that all things are possible for those who believe. William James said, "Believe and your belief will create the fact."

Many years ago, one of my mentors shared a concept with me that changed my entire life. He explained that our belief system is based upon our evaluation of something. Often, when we re-evaluate a particular situation, our belief about that situation will change...sometimes dramatically.

In the first 26 years of my life, I had no idea who I was. Napoleon Hill and Earl Nightingale began sharing information with me about my potential. They encouraged me to set goals and achieve them. The more I studied, the more I understood myself. I began to understand my mind and the phenomenal mental faculties we all possess. Out of my studying, I began to believe in me.

Re-evaluate yourself. There is a sleeping giant in you; release it! Believe in yourself.


Bob Proctor is Publisher of Networking Times.