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Believing in Yourself

believing in yourselfIt’s crazy talking to people and finding out how many don’t give themselves enough credit and really, how many just plain don’t believe in themselves period. Belief is a powerful tool, but one that so many people don’t understand how to utilize properly nor even use. Believing in yourself and trusting the decisions that you make can take you a long way in life, but so many people lack that faith that they can accomplish what they set out to accomplish, and it’s sad.

The reason most people don’t succeed with anything, like their fitness for example, is because they don’t believe they can. That’s one of the reasons why the obesity rates here in the U.S. and surrounding countries are exploding to the point where it’s a major issue. People put on the weight because of bad eating choices, lack of activity, etc., but never do anything about it because they feel that they reach a point where they can’t do anything about it. What if I had proof that you can do something about it? In fact, two great friends of mine have each lost over 100 lbs each! What do you say to those people? I’m talking these guys were obese, and they could have come up with every excuse in the world why they wouldn’t ever been able to live a healthy lifestyle, but they didn’t. They could have easily accepted that they would be fat for their entire lives, but they didn’t. Why? They believed that they could change.

So how do you start believing in yourself? One of the things that you can do is take 10-20 minutes out of your day to focus on personal development. When my dad came into my room when I was 15 and threw “The Magic of Thinking Big” onto my bed, not only has my life changed, but I’ve been focusing on personally development since then. The first book that I obviously recommend is “The Magic of Thinking Big” by David Schwartz. Another book I recommend that has changed my life is called “The Slight Edge” by Jeff Olsen. I’m not going to list every book that I’ve read, and these should be just what you need to get started. You think personal development isn’t important? Think again. You have to have the right mindset if you want to succeed in life, regardless if it’s with your health, relationships, or career.

Once you have the right mindset, it’s time to create the goals. Create SPECIFIC goals, write them down, and stick them some place you will see them every single day. I went out and bought a dry erase board that I hung up on my living room wall that has all my goals on it. There is no way for me to miss it every day, and it keeps me focus on each and every task that I have to accomplish in order to reach those goals.

Next, start working towards your goals, and COMMIT 100%! I wrote a post the other day about commitment so I won’t go into detail, but just understand that putting in 90% work is not going to help you accomplish what you want to accomplish. If you’re working on improving your health, for example, do you think you’re going to reach your goals by eating healthy and working out half the week, while you eat unhealthy and rest for the remainder of the week? I don’t think so. It just doesn’t work that way. Put in 100% effort and you won’t believe where you will end up!

Once you truly believe that you can accomplish something, your mind will pave the way to success. Focus on personal development, create specific goals, commit yourself 100% to every task that’s going to help you reach those goals, and your life will be forever changed!


  1. Hey coach,
    I got a question about SPECIFIC goals. I love the idea, but have a lot of trouble coming up with said goals. I here constantly from Tony Horton, “Don’t be attached to the results” yet any fitness instructor would say goals are a necessity to success. I have trouble not being attached to the results, while still keeping my goal in mind. As of now my goal is to give it 100% every second of every day. But it’s not a SPECIFIC goal. Any ideas??

  2. Thanks Josh – That’s an awesome post 🙂 Love reading your stuff bro.

  3. @David. “Being attached to the results” means that all you focus on day in day out is results. You need to set a specific goal in the future, like lose 30 lbs by Day 90, and then do positive things every day to help you reach that goal.

  4. Thanks man! I’ll start making some goals now!

  5. Gabriela /

    Thanks for sharing Josh,I’m going to start reading those books for my own personal growth!!

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