Our ability to achieve goals is so often impacted our level of self belief. If we do not believe that we can achieve success, why should we expect others to believe in us as well?
I have put together a list of tools and ideas that will empower you to believe in yourself and achieve the success that you are more than capable of.
Visualise and Reaffirm
So often we set fantastic and inspiring goals for ourselves, but we are unable to connect where we are now with where we want to be. A great tool to help grow a level of self belief in regards to our goals, is to develop a mental image of exactly where we would like to be and continually reaffirm it to yourself.
- How does it feel?
- What can you now do that you couldn’t before?
- How has your life changed?
Questions like these help to create a mental image that if constantly referred back to, enables you to gain clarity on where you are heading and, as a result, gain a high level of self confidence in your ability to get there.
Face Your Fears
Our confidence grows with experience as does our ability to overcome obstacles. If you think of a few different examples of the first time you did something and compare that to how you feel about it now you, would you say that your level of confidence towards it has improved?
- Driving a car?
- Cooking a new meal?
- Going for a job interview?
- Meeting new people?
There is no reason why this mentality cannot transfer over to our own personal self-belief. If you do not believe in yourself or your ability to achieve a goal, you simply need to put a plan in place in order to get there and work hard to achieve it.
Were you perfect at driving the first time? No. Are you better (and more confident) now? Most likely.
If it intimidates you, do it! You will grow in self belief as a result.
Set Yourself Up to Win
Failure to achieve a goal can lead to a drop in self belief. I didn’t achieve it, so I must not be good enough. It is a perfectly natural response.
So how do we counteract this?
A great way to counteract this is to set yourself up to win from the beginning, ensuring that failure is not an option. This simply comes down to planning and preparation.
Maybe you are thinking;
“I have this huge goal of running a half marathon but I do not think I cannot achieve it”
It is a big goal, there is no doubt about it. If you tried to run a half marathon immediately would you achieve it? Probably not. If you create and execute a training plan specifically designed to get you across the line would you achieve it? Probably.
Every step along the way gains a level of self confidence that ensures come race day, there is no doubt in your mind that you will succeed.
This process works for fitness, finance, studying, business, health and just about everything else. Set yourself up to win from the beginning and your self belief will be unshakable.
Challenge Your Inner Critic
More often than not we are our harshest critics, and we are much harder on ourselves than anyone else would care to be. How is it possible to have a high level of self belief when we are constantly telling ourselves that we are not good enough, our efforts are not good enough and we will not succeed?
Negative thoughts are perfectly natural, but how we deal with them is of the highest importance. If we reaffirm the negative we will never achieve a positive.
A few tools to deal with the inner critic include:
- Challenge the thoughts. The same way we would stick up for and challenge someone for saying those things to us, a friend or family member; we should also challenge ourselves.
- Where did this come from?
- Was it deserved?
- I am not this because of…
- Create a list of things that make you awesome
- What are some successes I have had?
- What are some obstacles that I have overcome?
- What are a few reasons that I am proud myself?
If you can cancel out your inner critic with some positive affirmations, you will create a positive mindset that will help you gain a great level of self belief.
*Please note that there is a difference between inner critic and self accountability. One is telling you that you (or your efforts) are not good enough, the other is keeping you on track when you didn’t do something that you said you would
Self belief takes time! It is a constant that we must work on to achieve success. Keep at it, enjoy the process and you will see a positive change that is well worth it.
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