Faith is an elusive thing. It’s often much easier to have faith in someone or something else than it is to have faith in yourself. Yet if you’re going to achieve your goals, it’s the one essential thing you need to have.

Belief in yourself gives you the power to:

Dream big. When you believe in yourself you’re not limited to just making it through another day; you have big dreams and the faith that you can achieve them. Fitness goals become marathons, business goals become millions and relationship goals become happily ever afters.

Persevere. When you believe in yourself you’re able to push through the hard times. This is because you know that you’ll be able to solve the problem or weather the challenge, and also because you know that hard times pass. People who believe in themselves are optimistic and positive – they look at the silver lining, make lemonade out of lemons, and all those other silly cliches that are so very true.

Succeed. It’s an interesting phenomenon. People who believe that they will succeed, actually do. Some people call it the “secret” or the law of attraction, while others call it luck, and still others consider it good old-fashioned hard work. Whatever you believe, having faith in yourself leads to success. In fact, it’s seriously difficult to succeed without it. So how do you cultivate this faith in yourself?

How to believe in yourself

Sometimes it’s easy to believe in ourselves for one particular thing but difficult to have faith in ourselves for another. For example, you know you’re great with people so you have wonderful personal and romantic relationships and any goals you set with respect to relationships are easily accomplished. However, you’re not so confident about your money skills and your financial goals are always a struggle. What’s the solution?

Faith in yourself and your ability to achieve your goals, regardless of what they are, can be grown and nurtured by focusing on what you do well. If you’re struggling to achieve a specific type of goal, get expert help. Faith in yourself doesn’t mean you have to accomplish things on your own! Focus on your strengths and what you know you can accomplish and trust that you can find the right experts to help you in those other areas.

Lighten up! No one is good at everything. It’s just not possible. Embrace your strengths, skills, and talents. Love them, appreciate them, and use them to help you attain your goals. Your weaknesses? Well, how you handle those is up to you. You can let them go, try to improve them, or seek help. The choice is yours.

Start small. It’s tough to hang onto a belief in yourself if you’re trying to accomplish a goal you’re just not ready for. You wouldn’t just jump off the couch and expect to run a marathon, right? Start with goals you know you can accomplish and grow from there.

Belief in yourself is essential to accomplishing your goals and dreams. When you have it, everything is possible.