I think I can, I think I can, I can!

The Little Blue Engine believed and made it up to the top of the mountain.

To quote the ever so persistent Little Engine That Could, if you think you can, you can.

The two most important ingredients for success is believing you have what it takes to be successful and having the actual determination to do so. This is called grit.

Grit refers to one’s ability to persistently work towards completing a goal for an extended period of time. It is one thing to “plan” on achieving a college diploma and another thing to continuously “pass” two or three years worth of courses in order to earn a tangible diploma. This is best explained as passion with action.


In order to have confidence to be successful, start with the thought process that anything is possible.

Positive affirmations can help create the right mentality to accomplish a goal. These statements encourage the confidence to try new things and the tenacity to overcome fears.

Stand in front of the mirror every single morning and tell yourself you are an amazing and intelligent person. Or save an affirmation as a cell phone background to glance at throughout the day. These are both easy ways to incorporate positive affirmations into busy schedules.

Whether it’s reading inspiring books or wearing a superhero shirt, small, meaningful encouragements feed the mind with positivity. With a daily dosage of positivity, the mind can bloom like a flower.

This affirmation will create a growth mindset rather than a fixed mindset.

Having a growth mindset is the belief in one’s ability to continuously learn. Focussing on one’s potential rather than feeling incapable because of limiting economical or social factors will lead to success.

Society has an influence on self-image. So does the company you keep. But by developing a strong sense of identity, one will have the courage to shape one’s own path.

It’s important to be mindful of the constant external messages and be sure not to mistake other’s beliefs as hard truths. Meditation, gratitude journaling and reflective writing help reveal inner desires and true joys in life.

Comments and feedback from family, friends, bosses and co-workers influence how we see ourselves and contributes to our own self-fulfilling prophecies. This is also known as the Pygmalion effect.

Surround yourself with people who say you will do great things in our life, you will believe it as well.

Books, music and movies influence self-perceptions in the world and our capabilities.

Studies show female audiences viewing strong, female superhero archetypes in movies does have a positive impact of self-image and their belief in their abilities to climb the corporate ladder.

Confidence and hard-work really does triumph talent, but first we need to plant the seeds of positive mind fruition.