Life Skill 1: Raise Your Ceiling
The first skill each and every one of us should learn, if we are to
have any chance of bettering our lives and reaching our dreams, is to
develop a strong positive belief in ourselves and our capabilities.
The beliefs we have about ourselves are responsible for who we
ultimately become and what we eventually achieve in life. Indeed, a
positive self-belief is a prerequisite for achieving anything and
everything in life.
If you believe that you will fail, you will! If you believe that you
will succeed, you will! If you believe you will be rich, you will be rich.
If you believe you are destined for poverty, you will never rise above
that. It is a fact, that you become like the person you think and believe
you are and achieve only what you think and believe you are capable of.
Right from the start, Chuck had to learn this first life skill. He had
to believe that he had the capability of making a better life for himself
and that he deserved this life before he could even begin to move forward
and go after it.
Before we can even begin to imagine what it is we want from life, we
first have to believe that we have the capability to achieve great
possibilities. Without this belief, we would never even attempt to do
anything about our dreams. What's the point of imagining a better life
when we have already convinced ourselves that we are incapable of
Don't be fooled into believing that "you've either got it or you
haven't and there is nothing you can do about it." This is one of the
most common misconceptions and is why people do not rise above their
If you do not believe me, I want you to think about those who have yet
to be born. They will eventually grab at the very opportunities you
missed, rising to the top of their professions, running their own
successful companies and enjoying great wealth.
Amongst them, will also be
those who are going to become the great leaders of tomorrow, Presidents of
their nations and athletic stars. I believe that you have an advantage
over them as you are alive now and they have yet to be born.
It's easy to say "Believe in yourself and you will succeed,"
but how do you develop a powerful belief in yourself? Just as Chuck did,
you have to ask yourself, "What limiting beliefs do I have?"
Then work on getting rid of them and rather focus on uplifting and
Let's list some of Chuck's limiting beliefs:
- You are either lucky
enough to be born into the good life or destined for poverty.
- He should
forget about becoming a teacher, as he has no education.
- He should be
satisfied with what he has and stop wishing for more.
Chuck began to rid
himself of these limiting beliefs by refusing to accept them. He began to
convince himself, that he was destined for better things and could rise
above his situation to achieve his dreams.
There is a popular saying that goes, "You create your own ceiling
in life!" What it means, is that you unconsciously set your own
limits to what you can and cannot do, due to your beliefs about yourself
and your capabilities. The more limiting beliefs you have about yourself,
the lower your self-created ceiling will be and the less you will achieve.
When you start to rid yourself of limiting beliefs, you raise your ceiling
and are able to achieve more. In this way Chuck had unknowingly raised the
ceiling to his potential.
I have met many successful people in my time. All of them had one very
important thing in common - before they succeeded in any way, they first
believed they could. They valued themselves highly, choosing to raise
their ceiling and refusing to accept any limitations to their potential.
You must learn to believe in yourself and your capabilities. Your
beliefs hold great power. They make up the person you become and will
influence what you achieve in life. I want you to start believing that you
can do anything you truly put your mind to. If you believe you can, you
will go to great lengths to prove yourself right. However, if you believe
you can't, you will make no effort and you will fail as your ceiling will
be so low that you will see no opportunities to better your life at all.
Now I have shared with you the first vital life skill on the road to
success. Note it well, for when you start believing you can, the ceiling
to your potential will rise a little higher so you can see further and
achieve a great deal more. Let me now return to the twins …
This is an excerpt from the new book "Where Has My Ceiling Gone?" by
young up-and-coming authors Warren Veenman & Sally Eichhorst. There
original bestseller "Unleash Your Full Potential & Live Your
Ultimate Life" is now in its 17th printing. For more info visit
their site: http://www.motivationquote.com/booka