by Steve Goodier
Writer Norman Cousins tells about a football game at which a doctor
found himself treating five spectators for stomach disorder. Each
complained of nausea, dizziness and cramps. Upon checking, the doctor
learned that all five had previously consumed soft drinks from the
concession stands. In the interest of protecting public safety, an
announcement was made to the crowd that it would be wise to forego
drinks in the stadium because certain people were becoming ill.
By the third quarter of the game, 200 people were reporting the same
symptoms. Fully half of them were taken to a nearby hospital. Later
in the afternoon the doctor determined that his five original
patients had eaten potato salad from the same delicatessen on the way
to the game. The potato salad, not the drinks, was apparently the
Word was spread and those who were sick immediately began to feel
better. The fans taken to the hospital were sent home as their
symptoms quickly disappeared. Which all goes to show the tremendous
power of belief. What we believe to be true will often become true.
And not only in matters of health.
The power of our beliefs will dramatically affect those important
decisions we make. Like automaker Henry Ford said, "Whether you think
you can or not, you are right." If you believe you will succeed or
fail, you are probably right. If you believe strongly enough that
something good or bad will surely happen to you, it likely will. And
if you believe that your life can become no less than a beautiful work
of art, your belief will make it so.
Mahatma Gandhi found this principle to be true in his own experience.
"If I believe I cannot do something, it makes me incapable of doing
it," the Indian leader said. "But when I believe I can, then I acquire
the ability to do it, even if I did not have the ability in the
beginning." Your belief has the power to marshal needed resources and
attract people who can help. That belief, more than any other single
factor, will bring about what you want in life.
Speaker Nido Qubein put it like this: "If you believe you can and
believe it strongly enough, you’ll be amazed at what you can do."
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