Jordan Belfort, who was depicted by Leonardo DiCaprio in "The Wolf of Wall Street," is absolutely NOT a role model. He swindled a lot of people out of a lot of money by selling sketchy investments and committed some even more despicable things but there is one area where he is totally spot on. That area is belief and the power of believing.
Now, I'm not encouraging you to go out and peddle subpar penny stocks to unsuspecting investors in a get rich scheme, but practically anyone should follow one piece of his advice. Belfort hits the nail on the head when he says, "The only thing standing between you and your goal is the bull**** story you keep telling yourself as to why you can't achieve it."
Some of us were introduced to this concept in our childhoods through "The Little Engine that Could," and even that book is based on an older story from 1906. The phrase "I think I can" in print is traced back to 1902. The power of belief is definitely not a new invention.
We have many beliefs about practically everything and the unfortunate thing is that many (if not most) are limiting us. The real kicker is that a great deal of these beliefs are subconscious and that we often don't even realize we have them.
Beliefs come from our experiences, or environment, what we've learned, who we surround ourselves with, family, and our view of future. Taking a systematic approach to changing our beliefs is not only possible but it crucial to making progress.
Once upon a time people believed that planes could never fly, that no one would ever run a mile in under 4 minutes, that no one could ever go into outer space, and a whole host of other things too numerous to list.
The power of belief is not some mythical, new age, airy fairy, "just wish it and it will happen" type of thing. It just means that you have a goal or aim, you commit to it, you do the work, you keep trying when there are setbacks, and you make it possible through the process and determination.
Our beliefs can limit us or they can empower us. Choose those beliefs which propel you forward.
"Whether you think you can, or you think you can't--you're right."