A little over a month ago, I decided to run 2 miles as fast as I could. I stretched, I busted it out, and then…I was dumbfounded. It was fast. Like, really fast. So fast that I figured it was a computer glitch. But, part of me held onto the belief that it was true, so I’ve been trying to match it ever since. Because of this glitch (and it was a glitch by the way), I BELIEVED that I could start running the fastest times of my life at age 35. And you know what? I have. I’ve accidentally discovered the power of belief.
The Glitch Run
“Time, 5 minutes; Distance, 0.83 miles; Average Pace, 5 minutes 58 seconds per mile”…proclaimed my robotic running app. My eyes stared blankly forward as I somehow still continued to run (instead of falling over in disbelief).
I knew I started out fast, but I had no clue I was THAT fast! My usual fast pace was 7 minute 40 second miles. This was going to be a new 2 mile record for me!
I pressed forward (and maybe even picked up my pace a little) and reached the 2 mile mark in 13 minutes, 5 seconds. A personal record of mine by like…2 solid minutes!
This can’t be right…I said to myself.
There must have been a glitch.
And while I knew there had to be an issue with the GPS tracker (P.S. see “Exhibit A” above…the squiggly line in the first half-mile. I definitely DON’T run like that! LOL!!), my mind knew that I probably could run faster than I had been in the past. After all, the second mile of this run was at a 7 minute, 10 second pace! Where did THAT come from??!
It was time to pick it up a notch. My belief was growing.
My Runs Now Compared to the Pre-Glitch Run
Remember the pace of my previous “fast” runs? 7 minutes, 40 seconds per mile.
- The next time out after the glitch, I ran the two-mile in 14 minutes, 57 seconds — a 7 minute 28 second pace…one of my fastest runs in YEARS!
- A few runs after that, I recorded a 7 minute 13 second pace.
- And just a few days ago… my pace was…get this, 6 minutes, 53 seconds.
How is this possible?
How is it that I used to run the 2-mile at a 7:40 pace, and now I just obliterated that previous “fast” run with a 6:53 pace?? That’s insane!
And that, my friends, is the power of the mind. The power of belief!
Believe that you can achieve something and watch out. Your mind will find a way to make it happen.
Somehow, I forgot this principle with my running.
- I thought I was going fast.
- I thought I was pushing myself.
- The truth though, is that I was just prancing along, only giving it a portion of my full effort.
But all that changed when my belief changed.
The power of belief is a crazy thing. I obviously just witnessed this with my physical potential, but I’ve seen it at work in my finances as well.
When I was 27 years old, my then-wife of 2.5 years called it quits on me. There was no changing her mind, and she wanted half of our assets…most of which was in our home equity. I kept the house and needed to figure out how to get her $21,000 in six months.
- I flipped cars
- I mowed lawns
- and I even wrote articles for other websites — I only charged $10 a piece and earned a couple grand!
After that 6 months stretch, I was empowered! I, a man that only earned $60,000 a year, just paid off $21,000 in less than 6 months!!
What else could I do?
Well, I had a mortgage left on the house. There was $54k left to go.
And, I had the power of belief.
It was go-time on that debt. I made a goal for myself to pay off the entire loan in 12 months.
There was never a doubt in my mind. It wasn’t if I was going to make it. The only question I continually asked myself was “how?”. And I answered that bit by bit along the way.
11 months and 11 days in, I was mortgage free. I made it, just like I believed I would.
The Math Made No Sense
You know how all those math nerds always say you should invest your money instead of paying down your home loan? They say it’s because you can earn 8% in the stock market vs. just 4% on your home loan.
Well, that all makes sense initially…until you pay off a $54,000 debt in less than a year on a $60,000 a year salary.
With the power of belief and the emotions that propelled me to that debt-free goal, I came up with $54k far faster than I would have it I were casually investing. If I would have ignored my debts and invested instead, I probably would have only put $10,000 into the stock market.
Over the years, I’ve written all about how I paid off that mortgage debt. But to this day, I still really don’t know how I did it. Put simply, it was the power of the mind…but I have little else to pontificate. It largely remains a mystery. I got there simply because I believed it was possible. And somehow, some way, my mind got me there.
The Power of Belief in Every Area of Life!
The power of belief doesn’t just work with running and paying off debt. It can be applied to every area of your life!
If you believe your marriage can be awesome, it will become awesome.
If you believe you can become a director at work, your mind will find a way to make it happen.
The examples could really go on and on.
The point is, your mind can take you to places that people haven’t even dreamed of yet. But you know what? You have. And you believe it’s possible to get there…and so you will.
The Power of Belief – Are You on Board?
For me, I’ve seen the power of belief in my life on multiple occasions. It’s not voodoo magic. It’s the reality of our God-given gift – our brain, our minds.
So what is it for you? Are you going to start believing in yourself?
What is it that’s going to change? What is it that you’re going to dramatically improve? We can all get better, we just need to believe that we’ll be better.
Are you ready? Are you on board? I want to see your comments below! In what area are you going to believe in yourself??
My name is Derek, and I have my Bachelors Degree in Finance from Grand Valley State University. After graduation, I was not able to find a job that fully utilized my degree, but I still had a passion for Finance! So, I decided to focus my passion in the stock market. I studied Cash Flows, Balance Sheets, and Income Statements, put some money into the market and saw a good return on my investment. As satisfying as this was, I still felt that something was missing. I have a passion for Finance, but I also have a passion for people. If you have a willingness to learn, I will continue to teach.