Do you have a positive feeling inside that you are capable of anything? That is self belief. So, what is the importance of self belief? If you don’t believe in yourself, how can you develop this confidence?
If you have self belief, you have the freedom to make mistakes
If you believe in yourself, you are open to new experiences. This belief allows us to cope with setbacks by realizing they are temporary and can be overcome. There are many opportunities that can arise in the course of our lives. If you don’t have self belief you may not have tried some things because you feared failure.
Your self belief will allow you to see new opportunities
When you focus on the goal and believe you can attain it, you will recognize new ways to reach that goal that had not occurred to you before.
With self belief, you find creative solutions
Self-belief helps you relax and think clearly. Then you can stimulate reasoning, memory, and creativity, and you are then well on the way to finding a good solution.
With self belief, you will be more motivated to take action
Self belief will help you to be persistent, and not just to take action but to sustain it for a long time. You can then view mistakes or setbacks as part of the forward process.
If you believe in yourself, others will be more responsive
When you need the help of someone else and believe they will help, they will be more inclined to respond. With a lack of self belief, your request will be more hesitant and they are less likely to respond favorably.
YOU CAN LEARN SELF BELIEF. If you wish to reach your dreams, you must
develop self belief. If your self-confidence and self-esteem are low, you need to learn how to boost them. Self-confidence and self-esteem are very similar, and by increasing one you will increase the other as well.
Take concrete action that improves your competence, such as we do when we master some new lesson in Wealthy Affiliate, my company of choice. This learning experience will increase your self-confidence and in turn, your belief in yourself. There are a number of things you can do to help increase your progress toward self-belief. Here are some suggestions:
1. THINK POSITIVE
Become aware of your self-talk, and when your thoughts are negative, stop yourself. Turn the thought into something positive instead.
2. MAKE SURE YOUR GOALS ARE REALISTIC
If you set a large, earth-shattering goal, realize that when you start on it, you need to break that large goal down into many small pieces. Start with a piece of it that you can reach, and when you do, move on to the next one.
Reaching the goal becomes somewhat like climbing a stairway, with each step becoming a new little piece of the goal that you need to put in place. As you move up the stairway, you can see your progress.
3. NOW, CELEBRATE EACH STEP OF THAT STAIRWAY
When you reach the first step and every other step toward your goal, celebrate your progress each time you move forward. This celebration helps improve your self image.
In Wealthy Affiliate, my company, we have a huge interactive community. When someone moves up a step toward a goal, they write about their achievement, and other members respond to offer congratulations.
These actions will help foster the feeling of achievement.
4. DON’T COMPARE YOURSELF TO OTHERS
It often seems that, no matter how well you do, someone else has done better. So what? Good for them…just remember they are on their own journey. If you focus on their achievement and compare yourself in a negative way, you are sabotaging your self belief.
Don’t compare to someone doing worse than you, either, because you will get a false picture of where you actually stand. Simply focus on your own goals and your own self-improvement.
5. FIND A MENTOR
Pick someone in your field who can teach you what they know. Learn from them what skills you need to develop to move forward. If you continue to grow and learn, you will grow in your self-confidence and self belief as well.
6. PREPARE YOURSELF
Be as prepared as you can when setting out to do some action that takes you toward the goal. It’s like taking an exam. Study, study, and study some more. over-learn the material. Then you can move forward with confidence and will have better success.
A nice feature of Wealthy Affiliate is the amount of training available. If you are a member, you know that the training is unending, and you can utilize as much as you need. You can also request answers to questions from the community, which is a very helpful feature.
7. CREATE A VISION OF YOUR SUCCESS
Use visualization and positive affirmations to help you get the feel of reaching your goal. A vision board, or whatever name you call it, is helpful.
Collect pictures of things you will have when your goal is reached, and paste them on a board where you can look at them every day. This technique acts as a constant reminder of the journey you are on.
8. DON’T LET OTHERS’ OPINIONS MAR YOUR SELF BELIEF
The only opinion that matters is your own. You don’t need to seek acceptance and advice from others who are not involved in your endeavor. It doesn’t matter who they are, because you are the only one who knows what is best for you. Don’t allow naysayers to destroy your vision of success.
9. REMEMBER GRATITUDE
If you remember to express gratitude for all the good in your life, that action can be a positive one that will help increase your self-belief. When you realize how much you already have, it can lead you to the knowledge that you are strong and capable and have already accomplished a great deal.
10. EMULATE THE SUPERHEROES
What are the powers of popular superheroes? Write them down. Make a list. Include such things as ability, courage and competence. You can also list other positive characteristics that you feel are important, whether you think you have them or not. Doing so primes your mind with positive images.
Then think of one quality you possess that makes you unique. Focusing on these positive images at the beginning of your day can prime the pump of creativity, and this pattern will influence your own view of yourself.
If you can follow these suggestions and work on your self belief and self-confidence, you will find your journey becomes easier. Arthur Ashe said, “One important key to success is self-confidence. A key to self-confidence is preparation.”
Prepare yourself in many ways. Get to know yourself well. Find your strengths and your limitations. Listen to yourself. Do some journaling to get a handle on your inner thoughts. Analyze your negative thoughts and your limitations. Are they real, or ones you placed there?
Then start acting in a positive way. Such actions will help tremendously in developing self-confidence. Talk in a positive way. Put some positive energy into your daily actions and you will begin to notice a difference in the outcomes.
Self-belief is vitally important. If you don’t have it, you need to work on developing it. Use the ideas in this post to help develop your self-belief, because without this trait, you will be plagued with doubts and negative ideas.
Eleanor Roosevelt said, “Nobody can make you feel inferior without your consent.” You need to stop giving your consent. You can do whatever you firmly believe you can do. Boost your self-belief until you know you can beat the odds and reach the success you seek.
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