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That one simple word can help unlock your God-given potential.
Belief is an act of the will. Belief as it relates to your unique gifts is simple.
If you don’t believe in your unique gifts, who will?
Belief starts with you making a choice.
All significant breakthroughs in life begin with belief.
Choose to believe in the gifts God gave you.
He gave you your gifts and abilities
for a reason. You should feel at home with your gifts because of who gave them
How Can You Accomplish A Goal If You Don't Believe It Is Possible?
Start by believing that all things are possible. Then, do your absolute best.
An athlete I coached would consistently say, “You have to believe it to achieve it."
This phrase oversimplifies belief, but believing you can do something is the starting point of any goal.
As USA Olympic 10,000 meter champion Bill Mills once said, “God has given me the ability. The rest is up to me. Believe. Believe. Believe”.
Mills is the only American to win the 10,000 meters in the Olympic Games.
Sure, you'll need to put in the work. You can’t just believe your way to success.
Life was never meant to be easy.
Big goals take hard and disciplined work.
However, I’ve seen the seemingly impossible happen repeatedly over my lifetime when strong belief drives the goal.
You go to the next level when your internal belief meter rises and finally believe in the gifts your creator gave you.
I am not saying things always go the way you want them to turn out.
You are far more likely to reach your God-given potential, though, by having a healthy belief system in the gifts He gave you.
A healthy belief system starts with accepting and believing you were given a gift.
I like to tell people I coach, “I
believe in you.”
Now, “you need to believe in you”.
In other words, believe in your gifts, know where they come from, and do more than you ever thought possible when you started your journey.
Well-Placed Confidence Is The Key To Breakthroughs
A humble belief in your abilities is how you begin to see the gifts you were given.
Your gifts should be seen and taken with genuine gratitude and acceptance.
You ultimately serve and love others well by doing the best you can with the gifts you've been given.
Steve Prefontaine, the great American runner, said it a bit differently but so well, "Doing less than your best is to sacrifice the gift."
Your gift comes from God, not a coach, not a friend, and not from anyone else.
God has given you a gift, and similar to what Billy Mills said, now it is up to you to believe it and use your gifts.
If I could only teach one thing in this life, it would be explaining and applying the wisdom behind this simple phrase: “Believe in and reach your God-given potential so you can help others do the same."
Why Help Others Do The Same?
By doing your very best and having a personal breakthrough, your example opens the doors for others to create their breakthroughs.
Essentially, you become men and women for others by using your gifts to help your team unlock their gifts for the greater good.
It is not just about you.
It's also about helping others to break through their own perceived limitations in life.
Our world transforms for good when we are other-focused in so many beautiful ways.
When people breakthrough their perceived limitations in life, a floodgate opens spilling out living water to others that is transformational in so many ways.
If you want to see and understand how breaking through your belief barrier can help others, read my story about the impact of helping others reach their God-given potential through a one of the best barrier-breaking examples of all-time.
Become a barrier breaker for good and help others on your team do the same by believing in and doing your best with the gifts you've been given.
Your best will inspire others to do their best.
That is a powerful reason to do your best—you help your entire team by being the example of someone who believes in and goes after their God-given potential.
Metaphorically speaking, strong belief
and well-placed confidence in your ability is the rocket fuel that takes you and your team to
the moon and back.
Wrapping It Up
In summary, trust in the gifts God gave you. Believe in your gifts at a heart level; He knew what He was doing when He gave you your gifts.
Don't sit down, slow down, or let down
until you cross the finish line in your journey.
Be all you were meant to be on and off the field with the specific gifts you’ve been given.
You have extraordinary potential waiting to be released.
Reach your God-given potential so you can help others do the same through your example.
Believe. Believe. Believe.
Billy Mills is the only American to win the 10,000 Meters in the Olympic Games. In 1964, Mills pulled off one of the great upsets in Olympic History. Believe, believe, believe.
By breaking his barriers, Billy Mills has helped thousands of others break their barriers through his speeches, movies, motivational talks, and more for decades, all based on his true life story.
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Eliud Kipchoge is the modern Bill Mills in one sense. The gold medalist and former world record holder's tagline is: "No Human Is Limited."
He believes in the gifts His creator gave him and has developed his gifts to the fullest to help others in so many different ways.
Kipchoge has lived out his tagline with his belief in his God-given abilities. Under controlled conditions, he was the first man to run under 2 hours in the marathon.
Kipchoge is humble yet has well-placed confidence in His God-given abilities.
Kipchoge is a man of faith and knows where his gifts come from and where he is headed. This man of God is an excellent example on and off the race course.
Read more about how Faith, Family, and Belief have formed this
incredible man if you are interested.
Also, watch the short Twitter video in this post about the role of faith, family, and belief to see Kipchoge's fantastic run.
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