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A blog by Louise Gallagher

Believe in yourself.


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Anything is possible when you believe in yourself.

Once, while teaching a self-esteem workshop at a homeless shelter, I told a man who had told me he was a ‘bad man’ that I experienced him as magnificent.

He laughed and told me I needed new glasses.

I asked him to close his eyes and for one minute imagine he was magnificent. To breathe it in. To sit tall. To be magnificent.

When he opened his eyes I asked him if he could feel it. If in that moment his magnificence was real.

He nodded his head and quietly replied, “Yes.”

Then your magnificence lives within you, I told him. You could not have felt its presence if it was not there.

This man had had a hard life. Forced into being a child soldier in his land of birth, he was convinced that he could only ‘be bad’.

Do you want to continue to do bad things in the world? I asked.

No, was his adamant reply.

Then don’t feed your capacity to ‘do bad’ by believing it is who you are. Believe in your capacity to be that man who could sit in his own magnificence and feel its presence and sense its reality. Make that man your truth.

Truth is, we are all magnificent.

We all have the capacity to fly. To soar. To make our dreams come true.

The only limitation is our fear of breathing life into our dreams.

Stop breathing into the fear you are not enough, or that your dreams cannot come true.

Instead, open your mind to the vastness of your imagination and let it expand your heart’s belief in your own capacity to fly free and soar high.


Author: Louise Gallagher

I believe in wonder. I believe we are all magnificent beings of divine beauty. I believe we can make a difference in this world, through every act, word, thought. I believe we create ripples with everything we do and say and want to inspire everyone to use their ripple to create a better world for everyone. I'm grateful you're here.

8 thoughts on “Believe in yourself.

  1. yes, we are as magnificent today as the day we were ‘perfect newborn babes’; the reality of our world is that everywhere we turn people who don’t know us, and especially people who do, send us messages both subtle and blunt that equate to ‘who do you think you are?’ or ‘what makes you think you could ever do that?’ …. they, and the world of commerce and government reaffirm this with so many messages of everything we have to do to ‘be better’, to ‘improve’ or to solve our serious problems (all self inflicted of course!) like our weight, fitness, wellness, kindness, ‘relationship effectiveness’ and our economic situation (because, if we were good enough, we’d already be able to have/afford all those things)

    we are each, whole

    whole persons

    not half-persons

    it is only ourselves who determine if we are less than whole, or less than good

    aside from tuning out the world and marching to our own drummer …

    OK, no more cliches

    anything you can do, I can do

    it isn’t about better or not, first or not

    it is about whether we are finished or not

    we have tons of obstacles – we’ll get through, just never let them think you’re finished, because when you do, ‘you’re done’!

    sorry for the mini-rant, but some button got pushed …

    as Churchill said: never never never ever give up


    Mark …..

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  2. Magnificent, Louise.

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  3. ahh yes, love this Louise. I just read an article on narcissistic people and how they control their victims. I imagine the man you mention and most child soldiers grew to believe they were bad and did what they did to please those who controlled them.. ❤
    Diana xo

    Here's the article, if you're interested: http://thoughtcatalog.com/shahida-arabi/2016/06/20-diversion-tactics-highly-manipulative-narcissists-sociopaths-and-psychopaths-use-to-silence-you/

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  4. So very true Diana — great article — thanks for sharing it. ❤


  5. Magnificence. Such a potent word. I feel you calling to the spirit in each of us,
    saying step forward to the front and shine. Be. Believe in your original design.
    Thanks for sending the song into the winds……I’m hearing and growing brave:)

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