Years ago when we were kids, our mother was diagnosed with what was described as a terminal disease. The doctor called my father and gave him the sad news that his wife had only a short time to live, and therefore he should spend more time with her before she passed on. Dad didn’t know what to do after hearing the doctor’s advice. Mum was finally told what the doctor had said, and that was when she declared that she would not die but would live to see her children grow and have their own kids, so that she would see her grandchildren in her lifetime. As kids, we used to see our mum not feeling well but did not know the details of what she was suffering from or that she had only a few months to live. Talk about the power of belief. Mum had heard the prognosis and knew the implications, but she was not ready to leave her kids at the tender age we all were. She got into a fighting mode for her life. According to her, she had a strong belief that she would not leave her children without their mother. She explored all the possible medications to make her better, and she prayed a lot, believing that there was a God who wanted the best for her and wanted her well, so she could live long enough to see her children grow. She meditated and visualized herself well…and she saw her children grow up and have their own families. My mother made it to age eighty-two and was full of vitality in all the years prior to her passing. We visited Mum with our children for years before she passed on. There is power in what you believe.
Believe that life is worth living and your belief will help create the fact — William James
I visited a lady from a church I attended years ago. She had been diagnosed with cancer. On one of my visits, I asked her whether she was ready to pass on, to which she said no, because she had some unfinished business to take care of. The more she kept her mind and belief on what she wanted to complete in her life, the more she had the strength to keep on keeping on. I visited her a few times in the hospital to encourage her to focus on what she wanted and that worked well. She really enjoyed my visits and always looked forward to our conversations. Talk about the power of encouragement! On one particular day, I went for a visit and saw that she was not as vibrant as she had been on the other days. When I enquired about what was going through her mind, her response was that she had completed her unfinished business and that now it was time for her to go. I was on a trip out of town when I got the message that she had passed on. For as long as she maintained the belief that she had more to do, she kept going till she finally changed her belief to it being time to go. Belief is a powerful force.
There is power in what you believe!
My last, but not least, story on belief involves a government utility company, for which I did some consulting work. This company was losing money and was in a lot of debt. The government was under excessive pressure to privatize the company and sell it to potential investors. One man, the new managing director, was able to convince the powers-that-be not to sell the company, promising that he would turn it around. With the belief that he could turn things around, he assembled a new management team made up of old and new managers. He worked with this team to clean up the mess and inspired it to focus on results. He negotiated management contracts with regional operational units, sought help in designing an exceptional customer-service program to guide all operational areas, and also asked for help in aligning the leadership team around performance benchmarks. I was glad to help with this. Within a few short years, the company starting making money, got out of debt, and become a resounding success. This was a story of belief backed by sound business strategy and practices and a highly inspired and result-focused leadership team. The company became so successful that it began its own consulting arm to provide services to help turn around similar organizations in other countries. If you believe, all things are possible!