There is an old maxim which says, “God helps those who help themselves”. It means that God, the super natural power favors only them who are ready to help themselves. Those who just wait and watch for letting things happen automatically end up achieving nothing. However, working only is not sufficient. Barring a few exceptions, people keep on working or taking efforts. These efforts may be for any purpose, e.g. study, employment, business, sports, developing personal skills, social contributions, etc. Everybody is busy in some or other activity.
It is rightly said that hard work cannot be avoided. But despite of everybody taking so much of hard work we don’t see everybody succeeding till the end. What might be the reason? Many of us believe that it may be bad luck or in common parlance we say “naseeb me hi nahi hai”. But this is not so. For any given achievement, luck works only to the level of 2-5%. If it is so, then what is the lacking element? That element is self-belief. Yes, self-belief.
It tends to happen that generally people keep on working without believing in themselves. If you just keep on working hard without believing in yourself, all your efforts will go in vain. The foundation stone for any structure of success is the self-belief itself. Without the ingredient call self-belief, the delicious success dish cannot be prepared.
We all know about the giant mammal elephant. If we observe carefully, this mighty animal, which can destroy strongest of the trees in the forest, is tied easily with the support of just a metal chain. If we compare the support given by the chain and the power of the elephant, the support is very easy for the elephant to break, but still it can’t. Why? The reason is that the elephant thinks that he cannot break the chain. The reason relates to its infancy. When the elephant was just an infant, and was tied to a similar chain, it was not possible to break it out. Since then, it has got in its mind that the chain is impossible to break. So after all it relates to the power of self-belief.
Similar is the situation of most of us in our day to day life. Students study with the fear of failure. Our mind is a case which can occupy only one sword, either belief or fear. But most of us carry the fear with us. It is very necessary for the students to stop worrying about failure and start believing in themselves. Students get the fear because of various inputs they get from various sources. No doubt, any exam in this world is hard to clear but it does not mean it cannot be cleared. The basic thing required for any exam is belief about oneself.
Not only students, but businessmen, professionals, sport persons, and people involved in various other activities carry the fear of failure in their mind. This fear does not let them achieve the results. To repeat again, only one thing can get rid of fear and that is belief. So not just students, but all other people who aspire to achieve new heights of success in life should first start believing in yourself.
In the beginning of this article, I have quoted one maxim. I repeat it here – God helps them who help themselves. I have an idea ahead of it and I know it works. Unless you believe in yourself, neither the world will believe nor will God believe. And if God does not believe in you, then I don’t think there is any possibility of achieving anything. So if you wish and pray God to help you then first believe in yourself, then help yourself and then only will God come to your help, that too if required.
So, the bottom-line is that if you want to succeed in anything you desire, first you should believe that you can and then start working on you. I am sure, the success is yours.
CA Amol Gopal Kabra
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