.Napoleon Hill once said, "Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve." In fact, the mind is such a powerful instrument, it can deliver to you literally everything you want. But you have to believe that what you want is possible.
Scientist used to believe that humans responded to information flowing into the brain from the outside world.But today, they're learning instead that we respond to what the brain, on the basis of previous experience expects to happen next.
Doctors in Texas, for example-studying the effect of arthoscopic knee surgery-assigned patients with sore, worn-out knees to one of three surgical procedures: scraping out the knee joints, washing out the joint, or doing nothi pretend surgery reported the same amount of relief from pain and smelling as those who had received the actual treatments. The brain expected the "surgery" to improve the knee, and it did.
Why does the brain work this way? Nero-psychologist who study expectancy theory say it's because we spend our whole lives becoming conditioned. Through a lifetime's worth of events, our brain actually learns what to expect next-whether it eventually happens that way or not. And because our brain expects something will happen a certain way, we often achieve exactly what we anticipate.
This is why it's so important to hold positive expectations in your mind. When you replace your old negative expectations with more positive ones-when you begin to believe that what you want is possible-your brain will actually take over the job of accomplishing that possibility for you. Better than, your brain will actually expect to achieve that outcome.
Believe in yourself and go for it
Sooner or letter, those who win, are those who think they can. -Richard BachTim Ferriss believed in himself. In fact, he believed so strongly in his abilities that he won the national San Shou Kickboxing title just 6 months after being introduced to the sport. As a prior all-American and Judo team captain at Princeton, Tim had always dreamed of winning a national title. He had worked hard. He was good at his sport. But repeated injuries over multiple seasons had continually denied him his dream.
So when a friend called one day to invite Tim to watch him in the national Chinese kickboxing championships 6 weeks away. Tim instantly decided to join him at the competition. He traveled to a tough neighborhood in Trenton, New Jersey, to learn from boxing coaches who had trained gold medalists. And after 4 grueling hours a day in the ring, he put in more time conditioning in the weight room. To make up for his lack of time in the sport, Tim's trainers focused on exploiting his strengths instead of making up for his weaknesses.
Tim didn't want to merely complete. He wanted to win. When the competition day at last arrived. Tim defeated three highly acclaimed opponents before making it to the final.
Later, Tim told that most people fail not because they lack the skills or aptitude to reach their goal but because they simply don't believe they can reach it. Tim believed. And won.
It's amazing what happens to your self-confidence, when you get eyeball to eyeball with yourself and you forcefully tell yourself what you're going to do. Whatever your dream is, look at yourself in the mirror and declare that you are indeed going to achieve it-no matter what the price.