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Believe You Can, Visualize Success, and Take Action

“Believe You Can, Visualize Success, and Take Action” by Joan Y. Edwards

The things that go through your mind can either make you or break you. They either hold you back to the old, or give you freedom to do things that you have never been done.  It will give you the freedom to do things that no one has ever done.

Do you find yourself hearing a little voice on your left shoulder saying, “I can’t do it. There’s no way.”

From the right shoulder you hear a voice saying, “I can do it. I’ll find a way.”

According to the studies I’ve done and the people I’ve talked with, we all have these voices. Some from within, some reflected from our self-image out and reflected back to us the thoughts, fears, and ideas we have within us. We have to conquer these negative thoughts. We have to think above them and beyond them.

Henry Ford very wisely pointed out that your brain wants you to be right. It searches for life experiences to make us right. “Whether you think you can or can’t…you are right.”

Believe you can.

The only voice that can really stop you from achieving your goal is what you say to yourself. I think the people in history who accomplished the impossible, did so because of three factors:

#1 They kept on trying to achieve the goal even with other people’s voices or their own voice telling them they couldn’t do it. They turned it into a stronger, “Yes. I can do it. Or no matter what you say, I’m going to try. I’m going to figure out a way to do it in spite of the odds.

#2 They captured a vision of success in their minds, looking past all the obstacles that might be placed between them and their goal. They kept this vision that they could do it at the top of their minds, with pictures, with words, with recordings. They took baby steps. Each little success kept them going. Little failures may have pushed them back a couple of steps, or put them down in the dungeon for awhile. However, this belief kept them going.

#3 They took action towards the goal.

The Wright Brothers kept the vision that they could indeed make an airplane that could fly.

Eastman Kodak made a camera that could take pictures.

Gutenberg invented a printing press.

Edward Everett Hale said, “I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do.”

Remember that you are one. God sent you here for many purposes. There is one thing you can do that no other person who has ever graced this earth can do. Spend time with yourself. Discover what this is. Do it.

You can’t write all the stories that publishers want now. Write your story. Write the best you can. Believe in your story. It will find its way to the arms of a publisher who believes in your story as much as you do. Believing is contagious. Catch it like a lightning bug. Watch it glimmer and shine. Then let it go. Let go of all the negative. Empower yourself. Send it off to a critique group. Send it off to a publisher or agent.

If it’s not writing, it’s okay. If it’s sports, do it. If it’s cooking, be the best chef you can be. If it’s teaching, teach. If’ it’s caring for your elder, love yourself and your elder. Do it the best you can. If you don’t know how, learn. Empower yourself with love and education. Do it.

If you have doubts, pray, and educate yourself. If you still have doubts, draw a picture of you completing it. Stick figures are okay. Find magazine pictures. Newspaper articles, internet articles. Your brain puts pictures in your mind and puts labels with them. Draw your stick figure of you celebrating the accomplishment of your goals. Write your goals down. Write them in the present tense.

I am…

I have…

I can…

I allow myself to…

Believe in an abundance of skills, money, resources, education, and motivation to accomplish your goal(s).

If you still have doubts, then say:

God believes in me, I can do it. Joan Y. Edwards believes in me. She believes that I can do it. If I believe in me, too, the power of three will work towards my advantage.

Here are other resources to help encourage and inspire you to believe in yourself more fully than you’ve ever done before.

Clay Andrews. “4 Things that Keep You from Your Goals:” http://www.pickthebrain.com/blog/4-things-that-keep-you-from-your-goals/

Holly Jahangiri. “Keep Your Eye on the Goal:” http://thenextgoal.com/2011/12/keep-your-eye-on-the-goal/

Liraz.com. “30 Best Anecdotes of All Time:” http://www.liraz.com/Anecdote.htm

Melonie Dodaro.  “Positive-Thought Strategies to Help You Reach Your Goals:” http://life.gaiam.com/article/positive-thought-strategies-help-you-achieve-your-goals

Moya Mulvay. Inspirational Quotes and Thoughts. Download Free pdf ebooks. http://www.inspirational-quotes-and-thoughts.com/download-free-pdf-ebooks.html

Wikipedia. “Edwards Everett Hale:” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_Everett_Hale

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Celebrate you. You’re the only human being exactly like you. Be happy. Be thankful. Be excited to be you.
Joan Y. Edwards

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8 Responses

  1. That could not have come at a better time… seriously.


  2. Dear Holly,
    I’m glad that my post helped you. Your posts help other people, too. What goes around, comes around. Enjoy your sleep. You will be full of vim, vigor, and vitality tomorrow.

    Never Give Up!
    Joan Y. Edwards


  3. Joan,
    Thanks for the words of encouragement. I loved all the quotes. Sometimes it is hard to stay encouraged and it’s nice to know that you are in our corner at times like that. I hope your readership provides that for you in return.


    • Dear Linda, Thanks for writing. I’m glad you liked the quotes. Many times a quote can keep us going with more vim, vigor, and vitality than ever before. It seems like they open up a way we had never seen before we heard it. I’m in your corner for sure. You’re in your corner. God’s in your corner and many others are in your corner. You can do it, Linda Andersen. You can do it.

      Flip Flap Floodle – Will his favorite song save him from the fox? Amazon|Barnes & Noble Joan’s Elder Care Guide 4RV Publishing. Coming in June 2015


  4. Joan, your advice is energizing and inspiring. Thank you!


    • Dear Mary, I’m glad my advice was energizing and inspiring to you. Keep believing in you. I believe in you, too. You can do it! Whatever your goal is! You can do it. God has empowered you with the skills and knowledge to do it. Go for it.

      Flip Flap Floodle, – Let Flip put a song in your heart Amazon|Barnes & Noble Joan’s Elder Care Guide 4RV Publishing. Coming in June 2015


  5. How nice to have our own personal cheerleader. Thanks Joan. BTW, I’ve accidently found a way to get at least one of my picture books read. A resident painter in the New Bern area, Jill Eberle, is teaching an illustration class this coming semester and is using my tall tale for her students to illustrate. So some people will read it. Merry Christmas to you.


    • Dear Sarah, You’re very welcome. It is my pleasure to be your personal cheerleader! Congratulations for the instructor choosing your tall tale for her art students to illustrate. Perhaps you might like some of them enough to go with Self-Publishing it together! Exciting. Honoring. Go, Sarah, Go. Add Fun to Your Life Play. Laugh. Smile. Joan Y. Edwards http://www.joanyedwards.com


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