1a : allegiance to duty or a person : loyalty lost faith in the company’s president
b (1) : fidelity to one’s promises (2) : sincerity of intentions acted in good faith
2a (1) : belief and trust in and loyalty to God (2) : belief in the traditional doctrines of a religion
b (1) : firm belief in something for which there is no proof clinging to the faith that her missing son would one day return (2) : complete trust
3: something that is believed especially with strong conviction; especially : a system of religious beliefs the Protestant faith
I remember learning about faith while growing up in church as a little girl. The pastor would speak about this very word and yet it wasn’t until I turned 30 that what it meant for me came to life. Merriam-Webster does a pretty good job at breaking down the multiple meanings of faith and truly each one resonates with me on a different level; however, one in particular stands out- 3:something that is believed especially with strong conviction.
Throughout my early twenties, my drive and ambition was at an all time high. During this time, I wanted to be a known music artist, start a blog, run a cooking business, travel the world and a host of other things. There was nothing or no one that could tell me that I wouldn’t accomplish everything I set out to do and I did it all. Then I hit a block.
I’d often ask myself, “Where is your faith?” when it came time to pursue the passions that plagued me on the regular. The problem was I didn’t understand the true nature of faith, the possibilities it entailed. So instead, I allowed each day to go by contemplating why the desires of my heart and mind were often met with stagnation and constant road blocks. My daily wallow in misery continued to lead to low confidence and a feeling that I’d never be able to break out of the habit of negative thinking.
Then I read, Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill. The methodology which he used to discuss how to be successful at just about anything you set your mind to blew me away. I’ve read plenty of books, watched numerous TedTalks and trust me I’m not easily impressed when it comes to certain things; however, his idea of faith stuck with me in ways I had never exposed my mind to and I came to realize faith starts with yourself. It starts with believing in your capabilities without a doubt or an inkling of a feeling that the seed you plant will grow with the proper nurturing and care. That’s how we must treat ourselves- like that seed.
I spent all this time complaining about what I couldn’t do not realizing that at one point in my life I was accomplishing everything I put my mind to. At one point, faith was buried in my very being and I didn’t understand how to harness the very power of it.
Remember: What we put in our minds can either fuel or deplete our energy!
Believe that you are capable of whatever you set out to do. Have faith in the possibilities of your abilities.