Success in Life and Daily Living

Key to Success: Believing in Yourself

Author: Curtis George Norton Jr.
July 02, 2019

Key to Success: Believing in Yourself

What is the secret to believing in yourself? Is it all about self-confidence? Self-awareness? Self-empowerment?

It’s all of those things, but it might surprise you to know that the path to self-belief is even more fundamental than we might intellectually comprehend. Oprah Winfrey says many of us are where we are in life based on what it is we believe. That statement may seem vague, but it challenges us to look inward about our personal beliefs or what she refers to as our shadow beliefs that may be blocking the path to believing in ourselves and achieving the life that we all deserve. 

Our shadow beliefs are the byproduct of our negative life experiences. They place doubt in our way and keep us from daring to go for it or conquer our fears. Self-Awareness and Belief in Self Believing in yourself begins with self-awareness.

These two characteristics are interchangeable. In simple terms, self-awareness entails knowing who you are at the core of your being. The actions we choose or choose not to take to change the quality of our life has a close relationship with knowing ourselves. When we believe in our self, we will take the necessary steps to change our life for the better and guide it in the direction of our choice. At a minimum, you should be able to answer the following questions about yourself:What are my achievements?

How do I relate to others?

What are my personal beliefs and values?What are my strengths and weaknesses?

What do I want from life?What do I need to do to become a better person?

What are the things that motivate me?What brings me joy and happiness?

What makes me angry?What makes me sad?What might I change about my life?

Self-awareness can move you one step closer to achieving your highest potential in life. It is the foundation of self-confidence, empowerment, and self-esteem.

Learning to Celebrate and Record Successes Are you bad at celebrating your successes?

Ever notice how someone could list 20 positive things you did to achieve something great, but you only remember the one critique they have regarding your approach. You must learn to celebrate and record our successes and use the critiques to build towards something more significant. You may have a sharp mind and the capacity to save the memory of sweet victory but journaling your experiences along the way can also be an excellent way to catalog your successes. 

Celebrating successes also provides you with a foundation for building self-confidence and success. Confidence should not be confused with arrogance. Confidence occurs when we trust in our knowledge, skills, and ability to achieve a specific outcome.A lack of self-confidence can be like a magnet holding you down if you let it.  Arrogance is the embodiment of pride of self-importance. There is a distinct difference. Your ego can be detrimental to your success and become a negative obstacle. 

Rewiring Our Minds We can rewire our brains so that we ditch those negative thoughts and emotions. Mindfulness and meditation are excellent ways to clear our minds, build new ways of thinking and produce results.  Mindfulness allows us to focus on the “now,” and acknowledge or accept our feelings. It enables us to control our emotions, achieve mental clarity and focus, increase energy levels, enhance decision making and improve your overall energy. 

 Learn to Trust in Ourselves The biggest part of believing in yourself is learning to trust yourself. Self-trust goes hand in hand with self-confidence. Once you establish trust, you will see your confidence rise, and you will gain a sense of power and courage.

Lifehack.org suggests that with meditation, journaling, and other self-reflective activities, you can learn to trust yourself. Each of these things will challenge you to examine your beliefs and poor conclusions about who you are and set you on a journey to addressing each issue and establishing goals to get past them. Do Not Become a Victim of FearAvoid becoming a victim of your own fear. This emotion is an offensive force that can keep us from believing in our capabilities. Fear can create self-doubt leaving us unlikely to promote our self for new opportunities, likely to run away from criticism or feedback, and lack the comfort level for being who we are as individuals. You must take small steps to conquer your fear.Learning to believe in yourself does not happen overnight, but with small changes, you will experience great successes in life. Learning to discard self-limiting behaviors and beliefs will enable you to live the life you deserve and achieve your greatest potential.

"Don't let the fear of losing be greater than the excitement of winning." -- Robert Kiyosaki





























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