The Power of Believing

My daughter ended her Senior year with the best report card that she has ever had in her 12 years of school!  School did not come easy for her, but this year she proved to herself that she could do it!  She believed in herself and she did it!

I feel so many times that we tell ourselves that we can’t do something for one reason or another. There are plenty of reasons out there that we can easily find. We fall into the trap of giving into so many self doubts and have a long list of why things won’t work the way we want them to.

When a hopeful feeling does pop into our head, we quickly muffle it by telling it that there’s no way, that we are just dreaming and not being practical. Soon we have become experts at muffling the hope. The dream that really could have happened lies buried underneath rocks of unbelief, fear and doubt.

I heard a little story  from a friend over the weekend as an illustration to show what can happen when one believes in themselves.  I found this story on the website after hearing it from a friend.  The website did give permission to share the story.  The author of the story is unknown but I felt touched by the story and hope you do too. While the story may not be true, I feel the message it gives  is very true and hope it encourages you to apply it to yourself. Never stop believing in YOU!


A business executive was deep in debt and could see no way out. Creditors were closing in on him. Suppliers were demanding payment. He sat on the park bench, head in hands, wondering if anything could save his company from bankruptcy.

Suddenly an old man appeared before him. “I can see that something is troubling you”, he said.

After listening to the executive’s woes, the old man said,” I believe I can help you.”

He asked the man his name, wrote out a check, and pushed it into his hand saying, Take this money. Meet me here exactly one year from today, and you can pay me back at that time.

Then he turned and disappeared as quickly as he had come. The business executive saw in his hand a check for $500,000. It was signed by John D. Rockefeller, then one of the richest men in the world!

I can erase my money worries in an instant! he realized.

But instead, the executive decided to put the un-cashed check in his safe. Just knowing it was there might give him the strength to work out a way to save his business, he thought. With renewed optimism, he negotiated better deals and extended terms of payment. He closed several big sales. Within a few months, he was out of debt and making money once again.

Exactly one year later, he returned to the park with the un-cashed check. At the agreed-upon time, the old man appeared. But just as the executive was about to hand back the check and share his success story, a nurse came running up and grabbed the old man. I’m so glad I caught him! she cried. I hope he hasn’t been bothering you. He’s always escaping from the rest home and telling people he’s John D. Rockefeller. then she led the old man away by the arm.

The astonished executive just stood there, stunned. All year long he’d been wheeling and dealing, buying and selling, convinced he had half a million dollars behind him. Suddenly, he realized that it wasn’t the money, real or imagined, that had turned his life around. It was his new found self-confidence that gave him the power to achieve anything he ever imagined.





16 thoughts on “The Power of Believing

  1. Very neat story. That’s very funny about the old man giving him an essentially ‘fake cheque ‘ but I like that it gave this businessman self-confidence to to get himself out from bankruptcy etc. thanks for the share.

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  2. You know the old saying, If something seems too good to be true……………..! Self-confidence can only come from within. He wouldn’t have found it in the cashed check.
    🔹 Ginger 🔹

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  3. I loved this story! thank you for sharing it. True or not it gives one renewed hope and confidence. I think we all need someone to believe in us, that is the push we need. the human connection portrayed so beautifully here.

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