Belief, not skill

More often than not getting more done is less about reallocating your present resources than it is about giving more of yourself than you thought possible. The funny thing is that once you decide to give more, you’re suddenly bequeathed with the ability to do so.

It may take time to refine the new capacity, but the first step is almost always a matter of belief, not skill.

7 thoughts on “Belief, not skill

  • I think the parable of the mustard seed can illustrate this point as well. It seems such a small thing yet when planted the harvest is huge indeed!

  • I have certainly found this to be true. If you give more, it tends to relax all the areas that tend to block capability (such as fear, self-doubt, insecurities, etc.).

  • I was just thinking about this very thing yesterday. To use a metaphor, it is like any endurance sport. Getting to the next level is never solely a matter of building up physically, the big impediment to progress is usually a mental one. If you never give up, you will never be blocked by the “quit too soon” mentality.

    The same goes for productivity everywhere. We are all too often stopped by our minds before our real limitations are even known.

  • Belief
    1. an acceptance that a statement is true or that something exists: • something one accepts as true or real; a firmly held opinion or conviction: • a religious conviction:
    2. (belief in) trust, faith, or confidence in someone or something:

    If our firmly held conviction be anything besides the TRUTH, our productivity will be inconsequential. No amount of faith in a lie will make it true!!!!!!!
    How many have paved the road to hell with good intentions? All backed by a solid skill set, a focused mind, determined self-will, never giving up.

    This is a seriously personal matter, for all else that proceeds from here, becoming either better for mankind as a whole, or better for 1 as-a-whole.
    Thank-you Gregg for guiding me closer to the understanding that is clearly a matter of the HEART!

  • I certainly agree that beliefs are the engines that run our actions and give chance to our ability to accomplish the many things in life. You can never know what you are capable of until you set your mind right and then just go for it.

    The true test of faith is a belief in giving, giving whole-heartedly to the point where you think you cannot give anymore if there is anything going to be left of you. People will place a premium on receiving and acquiring, but to me that has always left me wanting more. When what you give comes first and the concern of service to your fellows occupies a central purpose, something pretty interesting is kindled. You become more than yourself and so your potential expands in ways unthinkable before. Even physically I believe the body is capable of more efficient regeneration as stress is managed differently.

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