Do You Believe in What You Do?
This DATIS blog article, “Do You Believe in What You Do?,” was originally written by Donald Latumahina, Life Optimizer, and was reposted with permission.
One person with a belief is equal to a force of 99 who have only interests. – John Stuart Mill
If you want to live an effective life, there is one condition you should meet:
You must believe in what you do.
Believing in what you do might seem trivial, but the fact is it can make a huge difference. As the quote above says, it makes you much more powerful than those who just have interests.
There are at least three reasons why you should believe in what you do:
1. It gives you a reason to start.
In many cases, the most difficult part of doing something is to start it. There is an inertia at the beginning that you must overcome. Once you overcome it, things will get easier.
Your belief can help you overcome that inertia. If you believe in what you do, you have a strong reason to start. You have a strong reason to overcome any obstacles. That’s how you can get started doing something difficult.
Starting this blog wasn’t easy for me. I’m not a native English speaker, so starting a blog in English required extra effort. But I believe in the subject (personal effectiveness), and I believe in reaching people all around the world. That belief helped me overcome the inertia of starting this blog.
2. It helps you spread the word to others.
When you believe in what you do, you have enthusiasm. People can feel it when they encounter you. They can feel your energy and passion. As a result, they are much more likely to believe in your message.
If, on the other hand, you don’t believe in what you do, people could dismiss you easily. After all, there are many other things demanding their attention. Why should they listen to you? Your belief makes you stand out.
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