Two job candidates with the same experience and qualifications are applying for the same role.

One believes that she can interview well and do the job well, but the other one doesn’t.

Which one gets the job?

Two students have studied equally hard for a big exam.

One believes that he can get a high mark, but the other one doubts his own intelligence.

Which one performs better?

Two professional tennis players with similar rankings oppose each other.

One believes that his best tennis is good enough to win, but the other one isn’t so sure.

Which one wins?

Two salespeople with similar experience are about to make some calls to sell the exact same products.

One believes that he will have a productive day and that people will be glad to hear what he has to say, but the other one is nervous and expects to be rejected.

Which one makes the most sales?

Whatever you want to do with your life, you need to believe in your capabilities before you can hope to maximise your performance.

I’m not talking about faking it before you make it, although that can have its place.

I’m talking about doing the work, developing your skills and practicing hard.

I’m talking about establishing a solid foundation upon which you can build confidence in your abilities.

And I’m talking about teaching yourself how to eliminate from your memory the negative statements that have been made over the years so that you can look in the mirror and feel good about yourself.

This may have been difficult for you to do in the past, but it’s time to believe in yourself.

You have a unique set of skills, experience and talents that are valuable and the world needs you performing at your best.

Theodore Roosevelt once said, “Believe in yourself and you’re halfway there.”

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