The power of determination and confidence in yourself can take you to greater heights than you could have ever imagined. When you are young and your parents tell you that you can be whatever you want to be when you grow up, they aren’t lying. The difference between doing exactly what you want to do and settling for a position that you’re not happy with comes down to what you believe you are capable of.

The most successful people in the world across all walks of life (athletics, business, art, music, etc.) did not get to the top of their industry by thinking they were anything less than the absolute best at what they do. Getting there is only half the battle, and staying on top is twice as difficult as getting there. These individuals have believed they would be in that situation, and they visualized their climb to the top every day. They have played out every situation they can think of in their own mind to minimize any disruptions that could occur.

You’ll hear it time and time again in speeches from leaders across all industries: “Believe in yourself, and anything is possible.” It is a common phrase that is shouted from the top of the mountain of success to those below aspiring to get to that position. Those at the top know what it takes, and they realized early on how much believing in yourself plays a part in your overall success. There is no room for self-doubt in the climb to the top. Once you start questioning yourself, you give yourself an out for why you didn’t accomplish your goals.

Your self-belief should not just be applied to one goal. Instead, you should be confident entering any challenge you come across. First time failures and setbacks are going to occur, but they should not define you or deter you from ultimately completing the goal you set for yourself. Those setbacks should serve as a way to learn where you went wrong and how you can improve moving forward. Your determination to succeed should be so strong that anything less will only push you harder to reach your goals. It is this kind of determination combined with the confidence in yourself that will result in ultimately achieving your goals.

There will also be people along the way who try to discourage you or tell you that your goals are too big, and there are two ways to deal with that kind of criticism. You can completely ignore them and not let their words phase you at all, or you can use their words as determination. It comes down to what drives you. You may be so focused on your goals that your determination drowns out any outside noise and you just brush off any negativity without really hearing it. By using negativity as determination, you can constantly have something new to push you to achieve your goals,because there will never be a shortage of people who say you can’t do something. The number of people who doubt you will grow with your success, so be prepared and have a plan to deal with the negativity.

When it comes down to it, you can be your greatest source of motivation, or you can be your own worst enemy. Believe in yourself and set the bar high. You are capable of achieving whatever you set your mind to.