How to Cultivate Faith and Courage

Mentors - Maxwell Maltz

Faith and Courage are developed in exactly the same way. Only your goals are different. If you are going to spend time in worry, why not worry constructively?

   Begin by outlining for yourself the most desirable possible outcome. Begin with your "suppose." "Suppose the best possible outcome did actually come about?" Next, remind yourself that, after all, this could happen. Not that it will happen, at this stage, but only that it could. Remind yourself, that after all, such a good and desirable outcome is possible.

   You can mentally accept and digest gradual doses of optimism and faith. After having thought of the desired end result as definite "possibility" –begin to imagine what the desirable outcome would be like. Go over these mental pictures and delineate the details and refinements. Play them over and over to yourself. As your mental images become more detailed, as they are repeated over and over again –you will find that appropriate feelings are beginning to manifest themselves, just as if the favorable outcome had already happened.

   These appropriate feelings will be those of faith, self-confidence, courage –all wrapped up into one package, "That Winning Feeling."

~Dr. Maxwell Maltz, excerpted from; "Psycho-Cybernetics" 1960~

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