benewme - I think you may really be onto something!
"I lost faith in myself. I've never had results like that since... ...[certain] word choices that turned me off--things like using the word "believe". To me, "believe" implies thinking something is true/will happen, but never having the proof. When one has proof, one no longer believes, one knows. So the phrase "Believe in myself" translates to "Think I can do it, but never see the results to confirm it."
Now you might really get some power from Socrates' "Know Thyself", instead of "believe in yourself". All that we have is our Self. Anything that can be known can only become known through that Self. The only true knowledge is Self knowledge.
Go for it!
[This message has been edited by livingsuccess (edited July 30, 2004).]