I’m sure most everyone has heard a reporter interview a star athlete after winning a championship game. And, as usual, these players will thank their teammates, along with saying, “we just kept believing in each other and that helped us to find a way to win.”

Now, most all championship games are full of ups and downs. One minute you’re winning, and next minute you’re losing. But, as a team, throughout the whole season, you’ve battled through the down times to fight your way back in the game. You can’t win championships without believing in each other’s ability.

So, the question is: Who can believe in you? And, who can you believe in?

We all live different lives, but our common denominator is family, work and friends.

For me, I believe marital or strong relationships are based on respectful partnerships. All major decisions affecting the relationship should have equal value. Yes, you’ll have disagreements, but believing in each other’s knowledge and instincts will create winning solutions.

Can your employer or employees believe in you? No matter your position, are you the worker that leads by example, or the slacker and whiner that brings everyone down?

Listen, we all get caught up fighting the grind every day. We have our own personal battles, but we all interact with each other. Just because you decided to show everyone you’re having a bad day, it doesn’t mean that others aren’t having a one, too. They just chose to not show it and prove that everyone can still believe in their ability to get the job done.

A well-known phrase is, “there are three types of people in this world — those who make things happen, those who watch things happen, and those who don’t know what’s happening.”

Which category do you find yourself?

There’s really nothing more challenging than getting out of your comfort zone. Let today be the day you choose to show everyone they can believe in you. We’ve all made mistakes, but each day there should be lessons to develop stronger character and integrity.

But lastly, and most of all, you should believe in yourself.

Until next week, keep moving and improving.

David Tepera: davidtepera@yahoo.com

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