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Monday, September 27, 2010

Belief & Confidence in the Self


Isn't it fascinating that Seneca said the same thing in 50 BC as Emerson said in in the 1880's, nearly 2000 years later? Both insisted on the importance of belief and confidence in the self as follows:

There's one blessing only, the source and cornerstone of beatitude -- confidence in self.
Seneca

Self-trust is the first secret of success.
Ralph Waldo Emerson


If you believe that you can live a life filled with joy and peace, harmony and freedom without having given some time to the development of this belief in yourself, you will certainly find that those qualities escape you over and over again.

Consider this: if you want to develop your triceps you practice by lifting weights or going to the gym, or swimming, or rowing, or doing some kind of exercise suitable for that development over and over again until you reach the desired result. Did you have strong, firm tricepts prior to this? Were you able to do many repetitions of the necessary exercises prior to this? Of course not. But did you believe that you were going to be able to develop those triceps? Of course. So many people have done so before you, so you know it works.

Developing confidence in the self is similar. It requires a belief in the fact that it can be done, it requires discipline in activities aimed at achieving that goal, and it requires enough love for the self that you are willing to do those activities again and again in order to acquire this confidence and belief in the self.

Seneca knew. Emerson knew. Knowing that they knew, and knowing that millions of others in the 2000 years that separated these two great men also knew can help you to know this as well and to use that knowledge in order to implement it in your life.


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