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Creating Success from the Inside Out: Develop The Focus and Strategy To Uncover the Life You Want by Emerson Brantley, Ephren W. Taylor

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III.1. The Magic Bullet: Self-Confidence

The one thing that practically all successful people have in common is an empowering belief in themselves. It may not be a conscious belief; they just know how much they can really do. They know it the same way you know you can breathe and blink your eyes. They don't have to think about, it just is. To me, self-confidence is the magic bullet that can shoot through a million problems and find its way to success.

Given equal amounts of intelligence and resources, a man or woman with positive self-confidence will almost always accomplish more than someone without self-confidence.

That's a pretty powerful statement when you think about it. If you have a level playing field, with everything else being equal-money, looks, education, opportunities ... every disadvantage, disability, fear, race, or gender issue, you name it-the person with a positive state of mind will almost always come out ahead of the competition. The reason is simple:

With self-confidence, your mind will lead you toward realizing your goals. Wherever your mind leads you, your body will follow.

In other words, if your mind believes that success is a done deal, your body-the rest of you-will work to fall in line and fulfill that image. Notice I used the word believe. I didn't say "if your mind thinks" because that's not the same thing. It comes down to the difference between "I think" it's going to happen and "I know" it's going to happen.

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