‘You Are What You Believe’
You’re probably familiar with some of these clichés: You are
what you eat. You are what you read. You are who you spend time
with. There are a lot of ideas and sayings out there about who
you are, and although some of them hold a great deal of wisdom,
the one that rings true for me is, you are what you believe
yourself to be.
Your beliefs about yourself and your abilities are either the
dealmakers or the deal breakers.
No matter how great a language program you are in, no matter how
hard you try, no matter how many things you do great to master a
foreign language, if you don’t truly believe you have the
ability and the tenacity to do whatever it takes to master the
language, you are fighting a losing battle, uphill both ways,
barefoot, in the snow.
What you believe and what you expect are going to determine your
outcome. This is because what you believe determines what you
do. It determines what decisions to make, and what actions you
will take that will ultimately lead to your success or lack
If you believe that you are capable of being a brilliant speaker
of a foreign language, and it is something you truly want to do, you
will automatically take steps that create that reality for
yourself. You will choose certain classes, materials,
friendships, practice patterns, strategies and behaviors that
make you into a brilliant speaker of that foreign language. The
outcome of becoming a brilliant speaker of that language is
inevitable! It will be as if being anything less than brilliant
mastery isn’t even an option for you.
This is one of the main reasons why envisioning
your way to fluency as discussed in Part 4 is such a powerful
success training tool, because when you use it you are training
your beliefs and expectations. You are training yourself to
expect the success that you desire and deserve.
What do you currently believe about your ability to master a
foreign language? How would you like to see that change? It all
starts with you.
Here’s to Your Success!
Copyright 2006 by Teresa Bolen. All rights reserved.
Teresa Bolen is a teacher at Todaiji Academy, one of the top 5
schools in Japan, and the author of Master Plan to Master Exams:
How to Discover Your Hidden Abilities to Create the Success You
Desire. You can get her ‘Academic Excellence Report’ at
‘Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life
you have imagined.’
— Henry David Thoreau –