Why is it we’re so quick to tear ourselves down, especially when so much of our success lies in positive self-belief?
It seems so simple. At the same time, we’ve become experts at criticism, finding every flaw and taking it personally until we become so bogged down in negativity, it’s a wonder we can still get up at all.
This is why it’s so terribly important to work on your self-belief, seeking out the positive in yourself and then building on it, until you can see how amazing you are. When this happens, the rest of the world can’t help but see it too.
How? By following these 7 steps:
Start with the Possibility
When we accept self-belief is a skill that can be learned, there are no limits to our success.
Silence the Inner Critic
From there, it’s a matter of tracking down the negative voices in our heads. You know the ones. Sadly, a lot of what we’re listening to comes from people in our past—harsh words we’ve taken and adapted for our own. Sometimes though, negativity comes from within. Here’s where you need to put a guard on your own thoughts. Refuse to allow anyone to put you down anymore. That includes you!
What Makes You ‘Heroic’?
When you think about heroes, you think about superpowers. What are the traits you admire in your favorite heroes? List them. How do those traits make you feel? By examining positive personality traits daily, you find yourself incorporating positive actions into your day. Embrace those things which make you feel most like a hero!
Be Your Own Cheerleader
Everyone needs a boost now and again. The problem comes when you expect the world to praise you. If you’re looking for validation from others, you’re only holding yourself back. Become your own best encourager. Motivation truly does come from within. Make pep-talks part of your daily routine.
Find a Role Model
Feeling like you’re just not capable in some area? Find a role model (it can be anyone, a fictional character, a celebrity, whoever inspires you) and ask yourself what they would do in this situation. By borrowing the best traits of others, you’ll find yourself adopting those same traits in yourself.
See Yourself as a Success
Picture the you that you want to be. The more you practice this level of visualization, the more you will find yourself moving toward this image in your day to day life.
In the end, it’s not all that difficult to boost your self-belief. The trick is to become more mindful and aware of what you think of yourself. The rest will fall into place from there.