BelieveHey readers! It’s an extremely rainy day here in my hometown of Memphis, TN. The forecasters said it would be an 80% chance of rain. And so, far they are right. It’s so rainy, that I pulled my bed covers over head this morning and ignored my persistent alarm. I’m sure most of you can relate to that feeling. Rain has a tendency to make you just feel ‘blah’. As I finally sat up in  my bed, after hitting the snooze button for an hour, it hit me that rainy days can have an effect on my mood and my perception of what kind of day I’ll have. It can make me feel like the day is going to be a drag. It can make me believe that I’m going to have an uphill battle. What’s crazy about the thought is that it doesn’t have to be true.

OK… so what did I do about that feeling this morning? After my normal routine of devotion and then a good glass of orange juice, I began telling myself that today would be a good day; a productive day; a stress free day. I began to believe it would be the opposite of the mood the rain was putting me in. Did you catch that? I began to believe…

I say all that to point out how believing in your passion is no different. Your happiness lies within your perception. When following your passion, you have to believe in yourself. Others may doubt it. You may even have days that you are unsure if following it is even worth it. Whether sharing your passion to yourself or publicly, you will only be successful at it, if you believe in its purpose despite your surroundings or circumstances. Webster’s dictionary defines belief as a state or habit of mind in which trust or confidence is placed in some person or thing. Believe in your passion(s)! It never has to be a rainy day for you!

No matter what the circumstances are around you, your belief of a positive outcome will truly define how those circumstances affect you. Your belief in yourself and your passion determines your very being. True, it is raining today, whether I do a reverse rain dance or not, but I made a point to believe I was going to have a great day and in my world (my head), the sun is shining brightly! So far, it has been a good, productive, and stress free day and I believe it will continue!

Believe in you and watch the sun come out every day!