Believe It! Believe It!

Writer Norman Cousins tells about a football game at which a doctor found himself treating five spectators for stomach disorder. Each complained of nausea, dizziness and cramps. Upon checking, the doctor learned that all five had previously consumed soft drinks from the concession stands. In the interest of protecting public safety, an announcement was made to the crowd that it would be wise to forego drinks in the stadium because certain people were becoming ill. By the third quarter of the game, 200 people were reporting the same symptoms. Fully half of them were taken to a nearby hospital. Later in the afternoon the doctor determined that his five original patients had eaten potato salad from the same delicatessen on the way to the game. The potato salad, not the drinks, was apparently the culprit.

Word was spread and those who were sick immediately began to feel better. The fans taken to the hospital were sent home as their symptoms quickly disappeared. Which all goes to show the tremendous power of belief. What we believe to be true will often become true. And not only in matters of health.

The power of our beliefs will dramatically affect those important decisions we make. Like automaker Henry Ford said, "Whether you think you can or not, you are right." If you believe you will succeed or fail, you are probably right. If you believe strongly enough that something good or bad will surely happen to you, it likely will. And if you believe that your life can become no less than a beautiful work of art, your belief will make it so.

Mahatma Gandhi found this principle to be true in his own experience. "If I believe I cannot do something, it makes me incapable of doing it," the Indian leader said. "But when I believe I can, then I acquire the ability to do it, even if I did not have the ability in the beginning." Your belief has the power to marshal needed resources and attract people who can help. That belief, more than any other single factor, will bring about what you want in life.

Speaker Nido Qubein put it like this: "If you believe you can and believe it strongly enough, you’ll be amazed at what you can do." Believe it!

©Steve Goodier is a professional speaker, consultant and author of numerous books. Visit his site for more information, or to sign up for his FREE newsletter of Life, Love and Laughter at

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