Never Stop Believing in YourSelf
At some point you stopped believing in yourself, although you may not be able to recall when. It happens sometimes and can cause you to lose your confidence.
We’ve all been down this road – comparing our body to our friend’s thinner figure, criticizing our sales record when we’re passed up for that promotion we worked so hard to achieve or doubting ourselves when we’re left heartbroken after a relationship ends. Most of us are hardwired to self-blame, criticize or downplay our abilities. We’re on an intellectual auto-pilot, so when faced with an opportunity to go down a different path than expected, we look at it as a hardship instead of what it truly is – an opportunity for something greater.
Are you feeling a bit hopeless, frustrated or just plain upset about your current life challenge? Are you experiencing a bad case of the blues? It’s time to remember that believing in yourself will not only make you better, but the whole world better. Score that promotion, meet the love of your life or feel amazing in your own skin simply by believing that you deserve it. Believing in yourself is empowering.
What do you want more than anything at this very moment? Is it a much needed week of relaxation on a beach? A fulfilling relationship? A new car void of any mechanical problems? A gridlock-free commute? A peaceful state of mind? Believing in your ability to create everything you want can take some work, so if you’re not feeling positive today, and until now have been living in a glass-is-half-empty state of mind, you may need a jump start. Prepare to be empowered with these tips:
Affirmations Make Believing in Yourself Easy and Effortless
There aren’t many automatic mood boosters as effective as the classic affirmation trick to get you believing in yourself again. Whether you want that raise or want new career (one you’d actually want to go to work for) affirmations are an easy and quick way to get you thinking positively. Some examples to heighten your belief in yourself include: “I breathe in positivity, and I breathe out negativity,” “Everything I do is creative, lucrative and I attract others who improve my life,” or “I invite challenges into my life; I deal with them effortlessly and I’m stronger because of it.”
Believing in Yourself is Attainable With To-Do Lists
Start becoming aware of small tasks you accomplish on a daily basis. Every morning make a to-do list and include things like ‘feed the cat’ or ‘make chicken salad sandwich to take to work today’. Cross these things off as you accomplish them, and you’ll instantly feel more capable and confident of accomplishing bigger tasks, like ‘run 5 miles after work today’ or ‘pay off the rest of my credit card debt this month’.
Learn From Your Mistakes and Move On
A bad day here and there is inevitable. It’s when we experience them day after day that it becomes a problem. Learn what you need to from each challenge and do better next time. As Maya Angelou once said, “When we know better, we do better.”
Good Food In, Bad Mood Out
The best-selling author, Karen Salmansohn said, “If you want to change your mood, change your food!” Fast food may be convenient for an on-the-go lifestyle but it can leave us lethargic. Sugary, carb-filled foods for breakfast can satisfy us for the moment, but it almost always gives us a drop in mood by late morning. Instead, go for these tried and true health conscious foods that guarantee you’ll reach a confident, positive attitude and remain that way: fruits, whole grains, water, vegetables and more water.
Meditate Breath and Repeat!
If you truly want to believe in yourself, try meditation. It’s useful for anyone who wants to reduce the amount of detrimental chatter going on in their minds, develop some inner peace and hear their voice within for clarity to any of life’s questions. Most of us begin doubting ourselves when we’re bogged down by life’s challenges. Simply by taking ten to thirty minutes a day to focus on the breath, block out the noise of our intellectual mind (like analyzing why you got passed over on that raise) and listening to the silence can maximize our belief in ourselves. Remember: no one can do what you do. No one else can bring to the table what you can. You are remarkable just as you are. Believing in yourself equals increased happiness in every area of your life, because after all, don’t you deserve it?
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