Keep the Faith: The Power of Faith in Achievement.
In today’s life coaching article, I will be writing about our need to keep the faith, when we are in the midst of working towards the achievement of a goal.
The definition I will use for faith, is the choice we make to believe in something we cannot prove at the moment.
Let’s imagine that the year was 1959. In ten years from now, we put men on the moon. How much faith do you think the average person had in 1959 that this would ever happen? Probably not as much as the men and women who made it possible. The people that were part of this amazing feat, had all the faith. Even though it was never done before, they pictured in their minds that it could be done. They worked towards that goal day in and day out and finally, it was possible. The ability to keep the faith in yourself and others is a necessary element to any achievement. Remember, you can do it!
Keeping the Faith: An Analysis
Are you typically willing to move forward in your life, on faith, or do you have to know where you’re going before you get there? Hey, everyone wants to have the comfort, that when they take their next step, they won’t get stuck in quicksand. There are times however, that we will not know what will happen next, but in order to move forward, we need to take a step regardless. Will this step kill us? That’s the fear. That fear usually defeats most of us. However, there are quite a few of us that take the “risk”. Having the ability to keep the faith, that even if things do not turn out as planned on this attempt, I will continue trying until I achieve my desired result.
Think about a time in your life where you needed to keep the faith, followed through and succeeded. It could have been something as simple as riding a bike, to something more daring like climbing a mountain. Think about how it felt before your undertaking and how it felt once you conquered it. Would you have succeeded without faith? Remember, you did not know how it would turn out, but you had faith enough in yourself that you could do it. Without that faith, we might as well call it a day.
Now what about times where we did not keep faith in ourselves and others. How did that feel? What happened when we did not keep faith in our corner? How did things turn out? Not as good as when we did keep faith, I am guessing?
Smart Faith vs. Blind Faith
What are you talking about? Blind faith, smart faith? Isn’t faith just faith? Well, I was taught, at an early age, that blind faith is believing in something you can’t see. Like jumping into the clouds and believing that the cloud would keep you from dropping to the ground. I guess the folks that taught me that didn’t hear about gravity! Who knows? Now what about smart faith? What I mean by smart faith, is knowing that something has been done before and keeping the faith in yourself that you have just as much right to achieve the same goal as anyone else does. You use your intellect to know that it would be foolish not to have faith in yourself. It doesn’t matter what you do. If you are a supervisor, you need to have faith in your people and yourself that you can collectively get the job done. If you are a teacher, you have to have faith in your abilities to teach. If you are a salesman, you need to have faith that you can make a sale. The list goes on and on. We cannot succeed at anything worthwhile, without faith in ourselves.
Make Keeping the Faith a Goal
Finally, what is the one thing you could, right now, to have more faith in who you are, and what you want to do most? You can practice! You can make it a goal to practice having faith in everything you would like to achieve or accomplish. You can also make a list of things you decided to have faith in and later on write about the positives and negatives from those experiences. Remember, the more faith you choose to have, the better the chances that things will work out! (DJS)