Compliments of the season!

Last week, we discussed Believe in Yourself. Today, we shall continue the discussion. As I stated last week, in my humble opinion, believing in yourself is the mother of all motivational and inspirational articles.

During the course of this article, we shall be inspiring ourselves with different quotations; we shall also be discussing how we can believe in ourselves using different resource medium. We shall conclude using different inspirational quotes to keep us fired up.

Believing in yourself can be a difficult task in the face of difficulties and adversities especially when the odds are against you. The question now is, will you give up when the odds are against you or will give it a shot? If you care for my opinion, here are my thoughts:

Talking to the people you love: Sometimes, we have difficulty seeing the best in ourselves, but the people who love us will never struggle to see those things. We all have friends and enemies of progress who you can call haters. Friends and haters all have role to play in our lives. Your true friends spur you to greatness by encouraging and criticizing you constructively where necessary. According to Henry Ford “ My best friend is the one who brings out the best in me” Haters on the other hand, encourage you never to give up. The best way to defeat haters is never to give up on a task or project you are passionate about.

Just think of how far you have come in life and the people who want to see you fail and you will be inspired. Therefore talking to a friend or people you love is a good way to gain confidence.

Find a cause you believe in: Nothing strengthens any individual more than pursuing a cause he or she believes in. True confidence comes with believing in a cause you are passionate about. It may be difficultly to believe in yourself if you are always trying to please others. The passion you feel for this projects will help you to work harder and see how much you can achieve. Benjamin Franklin stated “If passion drives you let reason holds the rein”. You must always have the courage to pursue your dreams. According to Ruth Gordon, “Courage is very important, like a muscle, it must be strengthened by use”.

Be Consistent: It should be noted that inconsistent is inconsistent with the lifestyle of all great men. All great men are not only consistent with their thoughts, words and action, they make consistency their lifestyle. They say what they mean and mean what they say. It is their consistency that gives them credibility and belief in their product which in turn creates value and income for them.

The big question now is how do you improve yourself? Learning how to believe in yourself will open up endless possibilities in your life. At times you may find this difficult to do. The truth is that we’ve been conditioned throughout our lives to doubt ourselves. We must retrain ourselves to get rid of our fears and self-doubt in order to build self-esteem and self-confidence.

Here are two most important steps to learning how to believe in yourself. Practice them and you’ll be amazed at the results:

Believe it’s possible.

Believe that you can do any task regardless of what anyone says or feels about you. It doesn’t water where you are in life. Believing all starts from the mind. According to Napoleon Hill in his book, “Think and Grow Rich”, whatsoever the mind can conceive, believe it can achieve it. During the USA presidential electioneering campaign, President Barack Obama stated in one of his speeches President Obama encouraged us to have hope in the face of difficulties. He was able to become one of the greatest US president because he believed in himself and daunted his doubts. Be informed Jim Rohn stated “If you are not willing to risk the unusual, you will settle for the ordinary.

Visualize it:

Vision is one of the greatest strength of leaders. Visionary leaders are always inspired by their convictions and plans. Once you have a vision, you will work towards it every day in order to accomplish the vision you have in mind. Isn’t it true that the whole world sets aside for the man who knows where he’s going to? It doesn’t matter where you are coming from, or the mistakes you have made in the past, all that matter is where you are going. Mistakes are part of success. According to Theodore Roosevelt “The only man who doesn’t make a mistake is the man who never does anything “.

Take action towards your goals

Plans are nothing if we don’t put them into action. This is because talk is cheap. Believing in yourself entails taking action. We live in a world where people are not judged by what they say they will do, but by what they have done. In order to believe in yourself, you first have to believe that what you want is possible. In fact, the mind is such a powerful instrument; it can deliver literally everything you want through the power of positive expectation. For example, Zander Fryer was an ordinary person, but he made the extraordinary decision that has led to him leading an extraordinary life. Zander worked for a large tech company whose technology was used by Disney, Facebook, NBC, DIRECTV, and at 27 years old he decided to quit his job. After reading the Success Principles, Zander realized that his job really wasn’t for him. His mentor asked him, “What would you do if you couldn’t fail?” Zander immediately said that he would be a trainer and a mentor to others. The biggest reason most people don’t achieve their goals and realize their dreams is that they don’t take action, and the number one reason people don’t take action is fear. And, what I tell them is that fear is normal, and as soon as you experience fear, you need to take action.

According to Mat Mayberry: To live a life of high achievement, you must fully believe in yourself and your ability. All the great men that ever existed really believed in themselves. Examples are: Steve Jobs, Nelson Mandela, Oprah Winfrey, Barack Hussein Obama, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Michael Jordan, are just a few highly successful individuals who benefited greatly from this confidence. However, it’s not their levels of success that I want to talk about. It’s their willingness to get up again and again when they failed or experienced a setback while in pursuit of creating the life of their dreams. They were only able to keep going and achieve success because of the level of belief in themselves despite the enormous amount of failures they had experienced for years leading up to their big breakthroughs. Their belief is what created a vision so big that they didn’t care how many times they failed at something.

If you don’t have a huge amount of belief in yourself, then there is no way you can expect anyone else to believe in you. If you are an employee, you can’t expect your boss to fully believe in you if you don’t even believe in yourself. If you are an entrepreneur, you can’t expect an investor to believe in your ideas if you don’t even believe in yourself.

In our contemporary society today, the personality and attitude an individual disposes speaks a lot about the person. It’s doesn’t matter your profession or business. For example, in order for a politician to convince an individual to support his/her candidacy, one will have to show prove or evidence of personal conviction. Once you believe in yourself, you don’t need anybody’s confirmation or opinion because your value does not decrease based on someone’s inability to see your worth. You can’t really change person’s opinion about you, the best you can d o is to influence them.”

Here are some interesting quotes to get you inspired to believe in yourself.

In the journey of life, you will pass many roads, some will be bumps, some red light, some caution lines and others green light. Depending on your situation, always remember the words of Dough Larson “The problem with learning from experience is that you never graduate. The more you fail in a fail, the more you learn and the more you learn, the more you gain experience which gives you an affirmative belief. Oscar Wilde puts it more succinctly, Experience is simply the name we give we give our mistakes.

Are you going to fail? Knocked down? Scorned and humiliated? The answer is yes. They question now is will you allow your experience to define you or elevate you? The choice is yours. According to Vince Lombardi “It is not where you get knocked down, it is whether you get up”.

I encourage you today to have the courage to pursue your convictions and beliefs regardless of what maybe starring at you at the face. It is the energy and how resilient you are that you are that will make people to believe in you. In the words of Julie Andrews “Perseverance is failing nineteen times and succeeding the twentieth”

I will conclude with the words of Mark Victor Hansen “Don’t wait until everything is just right. It will never be perfect. There will always be challenges, obstacles, and less than perfect conditions. So what? Get started now. With each step you take, you will grow stronger and stronger, more and more skilled, more and more self-confident, and more and more successful.” –Mark Victor Hansen

Henry Ukazu writes from New York. He works with the New York City Department of Correction as the Legal Coordinator. He can be reached via henrous@gmail.com

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