Self-confidence is a prerequisite for taking massive action both in business and your personal life. You need to be able to believe in yourself – your abilities, skills and passions – to take the leap into entrepreneurship or any other aspiration.
Here are 10 ways to believe in yourself;
1. Realize it starts with you
Believing in yourself is all about finding your inner reservoir of strength and resiliency – but how? To get in touch with your personal power, you need to adopt new routines. Consider building a meditation practice into your routine. Mindfulness meditation is shown to reduce anxiety and help you focus on your core competencies. Or, start your day with priming. By incorporating a practice of self-affirmation into your morning routine, you can set the tone for a day filled with confidence.
2. Examine your limiting beliefs
Asking how to believe in yourself opens the door for a deeper question: What are the beliefs that are causing these emotions in the first place? Negative emotions like self-doubt or anxiety are deeply connected to the opinions we have of ourselves based on our life experiences. They’re your brain telling you that it’s time to examine these limiting beliefs and replace them with empowering ones.
3. Learn to respect yourself
Self-respect is the basis of self-belief. If you don’t respect yourself, how can you ever learn to believe in yourself? To master the art of self-confidence, make a habit of treating yourself like you’d treat an esteemed mentor. Change your self-talk by catching your inner monologue when it turns negative and replacing those comments with positive thoughts.
4. Use the law of attraction
Learning how to believe in yourself is like running a race set on an uphill course. You’ll need fuel for the journey. To fuel self-belief, surround yourself with people who inspire and support you. This is the law of attraction – the idea that, as Tony says, “Proximity is power.” Whatever you want to achieve in your life, find people who will elevate you, not bring you down.
5. Get inspired
The law of attraction isn’t just about who you associate with. It’s also about your environment: what you read and watch on a daily basis. Make a point to seek out advice from others who have achieved your goals. Watch documentaries about people who have done great things in life. Read inspirational quotes and write down your favorites. You’ll condition your brain to believe in yourself, just like they do.
6. Remember past successes
Sometimes, you don’t need to seek support from outside sources in order to believe in yourself. If you’re feeling discouraged, remember moments in your past in which you were successful at a similar task. Or, remember moments in which you faced obstacles and overcame them with grace and courage. By focusing on the positive, you can change your mindset from one of negativity to one of abundance.
7. Face your fears
It’s human nature to experience fear and anxiety. But when you believe in yourself, you realize that those emotions are there to encourage you to take action, not to hold you back. People with self-belief turn fear into action by focusing on their goals as part of their overall purpose in life. When you have a vision for your life that you truly believe in, you can accomplish anything you desire.
8. Create goals
Creating goals is part of facing your fears. Setting and achieving goals that help you overcome your fears will give you a sense of accomplishment. Your goals don’t have to be huge – taking small steps that add up to big results will improve your confidence and boost your ability to believe in yourself.
9. Learn a new skill
Whether you learn how to write code or how to play the piano, learning a new skill can increase your feelings of self-efficacy – your belief in your abilities to execute tasks, control your own behavior and attain your goals. Research has even shown that learning is directly related to happiness – it releases dopamine in the brain, known as the “reward molecule.”
10. Always keep going
We all have times when we just don’t think we can do it. As you practice believing in yourself, the most important thing is to never give up. You’ll inevitably encounter obstacles, but it’s how you react to them that matters. You must dig deep and realign your focus on what you really want in life: discovering how to believe in yourself. It truly is within your reach.
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Culled from: Tony Robbins.