[dropcap]E[/dropcap]ven the most positive people need encouragement and support. No one is immune to periods of self-doubt, so here are…
15 things to remember when you don’t believe in yourself.
1. Belief in yourself begins within.
“A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him.” – David Brinkley
There will always be haters and naysayers in life, and they become more apparent when we are feeling down. Don’t look outside for approval or validation, all we need to do is look inside our heart.
2. You are not your successes or failures.
“Remember that failure is an event, not a person,” – Zig Ziglar.
Who we are as people is based on our character, not on an outcome. We should make a point to remember the times you helped someone in need, cheered up a friend and hugged your kids. These are the acts that shape us.
3. It’s your life. Live your truth.
“I know where I’m going, and I know the truth, and I don’t have to be what you want me to be. I’m free to be what I want.” – Muhammad Ali
It’s hard to believe in ourselves when we spend our time trying to live up to other people’s expectations. Living your truth is the ultimate belief in yourself.
4. Keep moving forward.
“Opportunity does not knock; it presents itself when you beat down the door.” – Kyle Chandler
There are always times when giving up seems to be the only option. However, it rarely is. Trust that you are where you are meant to be and keep taking small steps forward.
5. You are closer than you think.
“Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up” – Thomas A. Edison
There will always be tests on our way to doing something great. It’s as if the Universe wants to see how badly we want it. Success is found when we persevere.
6. You can become better.
“Big shots are only little shots who keep shooting.” – Christopher Morley
It’s hard to be the best at something right out of the gate. People become the best because they keep working at bettering their skill.
7. Do not define yourself by one moment in time.
“The first step toward success is taken when you refuse to be a captive of the environment in which you first find yourself.” – Mark Caine
Who we are and what we are capable of is not reflective of our current circumstances. Let’s not allow what happens in any give moment shape how we think of ourselves.
8. You are evolving.
“It is never too late to be what you might have been.” ? George Eliot
The beautiful thing about life is it gives us opportunities to evolve and continue to grow into our best selves. Know that every day contributes to the process of becoming who we are meant to be.
9. Break the big goals down.
“The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.” ? Confucius
Self-doubt can creep in when we are overwhelmed by big goals. Big goals seem unattainable but when we break them down and focus on one thing at a time, they become achievable.
10. Find the courage.
“In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure.”
We have to want to move through what is causing our self-doubt more than we want to stay where we are. Don’t dwell in the moment and instead, find the courage to face the fear that is holding us back.
11. You control the narrative.
“I can be changed by what happens to me. But I refuse to be reduced by it.” ? Maya Angelou
Our internal dialog handles how we look at ourselves and how we feel. Be thoughtful in your response to current circumstances and begin a dialog that is supportive and nurturing.
12. To win at life, you must get in the game.
“You can’t expect to hit the jackpot if you don’t put a few nickels in the machine.” – Flip Wilson
Just remember life won’t be won or lost on this day but the actions we take today will affect how we look at tomorrow. Do something, anything, to stay in the game.
13. Focus on the good.
“I honestly think it is better to be a failure at something you love than to be a success at something you hate.” – George Burns
There is always good to be found when we are living our truth. When we choose to do things that make our heart sing, success will find its way to us.
14. Find the lessons.
“Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through the experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.” – Helen Keller
When we focus on the lessons, we can move forward confident in our abilities and knowing we are learning what we need to learn to keep living our best life.
15. Celebrate your uniqueness.
“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” – Oscar Wilde
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Let’s allow ourselves to be who we are without comparison to others. Celebrate all that makes us who we are because there is only one of each of us and our gifts are needed in the world.