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Believing motivates. It sparks a youthful energy. It powers action, overcomes obstacles and realizes opportunity.

The older we become, however, the more we lose trust in some empowering beliefs. Over time, they get kicked around, bruised and worn. Cracks appear. Doubt seeps in, which limits us.

Don’t let it.

Instead, take inventory of your past empowering beliefs. Sort through the trash of self-doubt, negative emotions, half certainties and naysayers. Consider re-believing in something that was once important to you, but became infected with doubt. Dust off that once empowering idea. Choose to believe in it. Again.

Choose something outlandish; something that raises eyebrows. Maybe it’s believing in your ability to live courageously. Maybe it’s believing in your spouse’s instincts. Maybe it’s believing in your co-worker’s ability to manage her own tasks. Or maybe it’s believing that love is the driving force of the universe.

Whatever it is: believe.

Keep it to yourself (or, if necessary, to one or two supporters). Publicly announcing the belief will instill doubt among some around you, which could re-infect you.

Instead of seeing to believe, believe so that you may see.

As Henry Ford famously stated, “Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right.”

About the author, John

John Benzick is an entrepreneurship coach and the founder of Venture Superfly. He is a Tech Partner at the venture-capital fund of Matchstick Ventures, a Mentor with Techstars Retail accelerator, an Entrepreneur-In-Residence and (former CEO-in-Residence) at the University of Minnesota, and founder and owner in two consumer product businesses. Click the button below to learn more.

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