It will take a few techniques and a whole lot of practice, but I know you’ll get there.
Here are nine of my 17 ways to develop an unwavering belief in yourself. I’ll share the next eight with you on Thursday!
1. Accept and approve of yourself. Recognize your worth and value. You were put on the earth to achieve something great — you just need to find out what it is. Don’t turn your back on what you are good at. If you are a writer or musician, for example, but don’t feel that the life of an artist is a viable profession for you, then learn how to incorporate your talents into some part of your life. It may be a hobby or a side business that you want to pursue. Don’t let your dreams die. If there’s something you did that made you happy as a younger person, pick it up again. Maybe you wanted to hike across the country. Don’t become an elderly person who spends their time lamenting, “I could’a, I should’a, I would’a.” Make every day of your life count for something.
2. Don’t criticize your current life. If you don’t like what’s going on, change it, but don’t cut down what you’re doing right now. Feel good that you understand you want change, analyze where it needs to take place, choose a different path, and act on your instinct by conducting your own scientific experiments. Resolve that tomorrow will be better without making today look ugly.
3. Have unstoppable confidence. Move forward and push aside your fears and self-doubts. Everyone has them, but it’s amazing how progressively easy things become when you just jump that first hurdle. Fear is based in the past or the unknown. Recognize that the past is gone and what you need may lie just beyond that unknown. Think of your life as a journey. Arm yourself for whatever may lurk around the corner, and allow yourself the time to enjoy the scenery along the way.
4. Embrace change and transition. Empower yourself to learn all you can and reinvent yourself. What worked for you before is no longer the right approach. You are still the same person, but new and improved. You are more powerful, positive, and receptive to new things. You are willing to accept success unconditionally.
5. Be heard. I don’t mean to become brash and brazen here. I mean that you have a valuable contribution to make to society, and you have a right to be heard. Learn to speak up. Voice your opinion. Let people see your strength and wisdom. Distinguish yourself by exuding an inner confidence that others will flock to and want to model.
6. Look for the good in people. It’s easy to see the bad, the cynical, and the downside of the human race. But there is always a silver lining, no matter how cliched you think that sounds. Where there is a negative, there is a positive; where there is a down, there is an up. Talk to people more, like I do, and get to know how people think and move. You’ll be amazed at what you’ll learn.
7. Master your emotions. Don’t let them master you instead. Emotions are key to our existence, but they can often convolute the facts. Take time out to analyze a situation, get all the information you can, and then work toward a resolution. Reacting with retaliatory emotions gets you nowhere. It leads to wasted energy and time that could be put to better use.
8. Have a sense of pride. Lose the professional victim role. Do you want people to feel sorry for you, or to be awed by your confidence and your abilities? You will gain greater respect if you play the part of a fighter in life, someone who can get pushed down and have the tenacity to get right back up again and reinvent him or herself.
9. Be in charge. Don’t look to others to make the transition for you, or it will never happen. Take your future into your own hands and make your life spectacular. Actively seek the things you want and need in order to make your life better. Opportunity doesn’t just fall into your lap, so you need to set yourself up for it, learn to recognize it, and grab ahold of it when it comes around.
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