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If You Believe it, You Can Be it

Natasha McDowall
Written by Natasha McDowall

Self-Belief Is a Predictor of Success

What do you believe? According to science, believing in yourself is the strongest predictor of success. High achievers in life do not allow self-doubt, worry or outside influences to stop them from believing in their goals. If you want something, make this your mantra: “If you believe it, you can be it”.

Two Separate Belief Systems

Researchers often look at students when studying beliefs and success. Students more or less have the same goals, which include doing well on tests, finishing assignments and graduating. However, although students have similar goals, their belief systems differ.

Psychologists have identified two separate belief systems about learning and success. Firstly, belief in free will is held by people who think they can make their own choices and succeed, regardless of internal or external challenges. Secondly, belief in fixed ability is held by people who think their success is predetermined at birth by the skills and abilities they possess.

Free-will Belief

Free-will Belief

A study published in the journal Personality and Individual Differences showed that students who believed in free will scored better academically, both on test scores and overall grades. They viewed themselves as free from internal as well as external constraints and believed that they were capable of choosing their own paths.

We are all unique individuals with different talents and abilities. We can be what we want to be if we believe that we can.

Fixed-ability Belief

Fixed-ability Belief

A separate study in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology tied the lack of success of students with a fixed-ability belief to negative feedback. A person who does not believe in themselves or their potential for success tends to avoid challenges where failure is possible. 

Individuals who hold this belief are more likely to blame their negative performances on lack of ability rather than effort. This renders them helpless and vulnerable and will most likely lead to a depletion of their self-confidence.


What Do Successful People Believe?

Researchers often study successful entrepreneurs and business leaders. Many entrepreneurs fail before achieving the ultimate success.  Business leaders struggle with challenges and disappointments before becoming industry powerhouses.

The research all points to the same underlying theme – belief. Successful people all believed that they could accomplish their goals, despite mistakes and setbacks.

About the author

Natasha McDowall

Natasha McDowall

Natasha knows first-hand how trauma, overwhelm, feeling trapped, grief and breakdown can knock us off our balance, leaving us feeling unable to make life work for us. She operates a niche helping women to develop mental resilience in order to bounce back from negative experiences. Natasha has her own business where she works one-to-one with clients online/remotely, helping them to become the best version of themselves.

Within the space of seven years, Natasha had a difficult pregnancy which resulted in the loss of her firstborn child. Seven months later there was a fire at her home. The month after the fire she suffered a miscarriage on Christmas Day which led to her having emergency surgery the following month. While dealing with grief and trauma, Natasha realised that an organisation which she spent her entire life associated with was far from what she thought it was. In addition to suffering the loss of her children, parts of her identity were beginning to crumble. After struggling with it all for years and feeling trapped, she suffered a breakdown and had to rebuild, reinforce and transform her life.

Natasha went on a mission to learn as much as possible about how to build emotional and mental resilience. She applied much of what was learned to her own situation in order to make sense of how she became that broken. Natasha become empowered and resilient, realising that it does not matter who we were yesterday but who we are today. Whatever is happening in your life right now you have the power to take action.

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As a mother of two small children, Natasha at times feels that are not enough hours in the day. It is difficult to take time out just to just focus on building and developing herself. However, having been to the lowest point in her life, she knows the importance of making time. When we are at our best, everyone we love benefits.

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