Nurture Belief In Yourself
Some people find it so easy to believe in themselves, while others seem to really struggle with it. No matter which category you fall into, there is no doubt that believing in yourself can make or break you.
When we talk self-belief, we’re talking about the concept of confidence. In simple terms, confidence is the belief we have in ourselves and our ability to achieve success—in any endeavour in life.
There are differing opinions on the nature of confidence: some say that it can be developed, while others believe that we inherit it through our genes.
Arguably, it is possible to strengthen the belief that we are valuable and able to succeed. This is why building self-confidence is a hot topic in the business world.
The consequences of poor self-belief and confidence are clear:
We self-sabotage because we don’t believe we are worthy or capable of handling success.
We miss out on opportunities because we are scared.
We risk being taken advantage of by others.
We don’t bring our best selves into relationships.
Belief in ourselves is how we lay a strong foundation for success. It enables us to adapt to situations and foster resilience in the face of new challenges.
Different techniques to foster believe in yourself might be needed. As with any new mental pattern you try to adopt, be patient and see what works best for you. Here are some ways to get started.
Try something new.
Go ahead! By exploring new things, you might find some hidden talents and passions. Personal development comes from expanding your horizons. The more you learn and experience, the more confident you naturally will become.
Celebrate your wins.
Keep track of what you’ve accomplished—even if this means jotting it down in a journal. This will give you something tangible to reference when you’re feeling a bit unsure of your abilities.
Surround yourself with supportive people.
Don’t shoot yourself in the foot by surrounding yourself with those that don’t believe in you. You don’t want critics hanging around. Chances are you do enough self-critiquing on your own! Choose friends that celebrate when you succeed and encourage you when you’re scared.
Disengage from harmful thoughts.
Nurture an awareness of negative thinking. When you witness yourself having self-deprecating thoughts, disengage! Distract yourself from these thought patterns. The more you separate yourself from them, the less powerful they will be.
Use positive affirmations.
Create your own positive affirmations to use when you need a little self-confidence boost. These are phrases that help to keep you focused on your abilities and how you wish to feel. For example: “I am confident I have the skills to lead this team” or “Today, I will see only the good in each situation and in each person, I encounter.”
With these simple tools and a commitment to the task, you should start to feel a difference in your own self-belief.