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Photo Credit: Corscri Daje Tutti! [Cristiano Corsini] via Compfight cc Do you believe you can reach your goal? Or do you just hope or wish?

Photo Credit: Corscri Daje Tutti! [Cristiano Corsini] via Compfight cc
Do you believe you can reach your goal? Or do you just hope or wish?

I wish that people will want to read my latest writing project. I hope that a query letter and proposal is enough to land an agent.

No, no, no. This is all wrong. In Chapter 4 of Write It Down, Make It Happen, author Henriette Anne Klauser quotes 20th century inspirational guru Napoleon Hill as saying:

“No one is ready for a thing until he believes he can acquire it. The state of mind must be belief, not mere hope or wish.”

Napoleon Hill's most famous book was THINK AND GROW RICH. Is it really that simple?!

Napoleon Hill’s most famous book was THINK AND GROW RICH. Is it really that simple?!

I’m amazed how much my perspective changes when I really think about those two little sentences. The words completely turn around my thinking. If I make my writing as solid as possible and work hard to craft a compelling narrative, then I should believe that my writing will find a wider audience. I no longer have to turn a blind eye and hope and wish that people will want to read my writing.

That mantra works for everything, no matter what you do. It applies to writing, of course, but also to any creative or business endeavor.

Believe.

If you have a spiritual foundation, then you believe God has a plan for you. You don’t just hope for that or wish it.

Believe.

Let me know what you’re going to start to believe in.

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