Jeff MacNelly used to write an old comic strip called Shoe. In one of the comic strips, Shoe is pitching in a baseball game. In a conference on the mound, his catcher says, “You’ve got to have faith in your curve ball.” Shoe grumbles, “It’s easy for him to say. When it comes to believing in myself, I’m an agnostic.”

Unfortunately, that is the way a lot of people think about themselves. I love the words of Charles Schwab. “When a man has put a limit on what he will do, he has put a limit on what he can do.”

Let me suggest you follow the advice of Jack Canfield. In his book, The Success Principles, he recommends the following four steps to transform limiting beliefs into empowering beliefs. First, identify a limiting belief that you want to change. Second, determine how the belief limits you. Third, decide how you want to be, act, or feel. Finally, creat a turnaround statement that affirms or gives you permission to be, act, or feel this new way.

Leadership expert John Maxwell says it like this. “Practice a small discipline daily in a specific area of your life.” Great advice! Don’t be an agnostic. Don’t be the Shoe. Solomon said it like this. “In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps” (Proverbs 16:9).

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