In my earlier post, “Making a Difference“, I mentioned 3 traits that will enable you to change the world: Focus, Belief and Passion. I blogged a while ago about finding your passion. Now I’m going to touch on the belief aspect.

Lifegoalaction have told us about The Power of Dreams. Having a dream, though, means nothing if you don’t believe in it. If you don’t believe that it’s possible, if you just dismiss the dream, the power is gone. But if you believe in it, and pursue it with confidence and positiveness, your dreams can be really powerful.

Here are my 7 tips to developing B.E.L.I.E.F.

Bright Side – I think we’ve all heard the song, “Always look on the bright side of life.” And the song does hold a valuable truth. Every coin has two faces. So does your dream. Choose to focus on the brighter side. Don’t dwell on the challenges you think you’ll face. Instead, focus on the positive aspect, on what is probably going to make it easy.

Examples – Look at examples from the past. Whatever your dream is, take inspiration from others who have gone down the path (or a similar path) before. Learn from them, but most importantly be inspired. Take courage from their example. If they can do it, so can you.

Laugh – Laughter is great. As Peter Haslam wrote in his post about laughter, “For to laugh is to dare, because laughter dares fate and sorrow and the weight of all injustices. When we laugh we change how we are dealing with our situation. We are now in charge rather than being a victim.” Learn to laugh. Challenge whatever comes your way, whatever difficulties you might be facing now.

Image – Have a clear image of your dream. I think it’s really useful to have a clear vision, to be able to have a mental image of what you want to achieve. If you can see it, you can achieve it.

Encourage – Encourage your friends in their dreams. I believe that when you encourage people, it will rub off on you as well. As you learn to notice the good points about other people, as you learn to be optimistic about others in encouraging them, that optimism will spread to your own dreams as well.

Friends – Mix with optimistic people. As with many traits, belief is contagious. Hang around with people who believe in you and your dreams. And I don’t mean those who are just too polite to disagree. But people who will really inspire you to push on in your dreams and stand by you no matter what you face. Having good friends who believe in you and your dreams will give you confidence to face any problems you might face.

Those are my tips. What about you? How do you maintain belief in yourself and your dreams?