If you want to be confident, think confidently about yourself. If you want to feel confident do things that scare you.
Your thoughts and beliefs create your future. What kind of future are you imagining? What do you see as your life’s coming attractions?
Thoughts and beliefs for a future of doom and gloom:
- The economy is never going to turn around.
- There is never enough.
- Life is hard and it’s only getting worse.
- My children have an uncertain future.
- Technology is difficult.
- There is never enough time or money.
- I’ve been like this my entire life. I can’t change.
- There aren’t any good men/women out there.
- I’ll never have enough for retirement.
- I’ll never find a good job.
- I’ll never make it on my own.
- I’ll always be alone.
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What we focus on expands. The universe brings us exactly what we expect. It takes time and effort to hold a vision of the life you want.
It takes practice to feel good about yourself and life itself.
It takes time to build courage muscles and confidence. Are you willing to make a commitment?
Thoughts and beliefs for courage and confidence building:
- The world is plotting to do me good today.
- Life only gets better and better.
- I’m blessed and loved by everyone.
- The world is filled with unlimited opportunities.
- My talents and gifts bless the world.
- Life loves me.
- People are willing to help me move ahead.
- The best is yet to come.
- I acknowledge my blessings and expect more.
- I am willing to change.
- I choose happiness and joy today and always.
- I see only goodness and love.
Believing that the best is yet to come is another practice.
It takes work to pick yourself up when you’re feeling down.
Practice imaging a glorious future for yourself. Practice daily, like you would ask your child to practice the piano.
If you think and believe that you have the ability to be courageous and confident, you can be. If you think and believe that you can’t escape a life of fear and uncertainty, you won’t.
Change happens here.
Don’t allow fear to stop you from experiencing all of the good stuff in life.
You deserve a life of love and meaning. You only have to do what it takes to claim it.
Here’s how to strengthen your courage muscles and build confidence:
Stop the worst-case scenarios. Notice when you are scaring yourself by playing horror movies about your future inside your head. Instead focus on visualizing yourself moving through obstacles, succeeding and loving the amazing outcome of your brave actions.
Redefine who you are. Begin to think of yourself as a confident, courageous and bold person. Think and act like an extrovert. Commit to being that person. When fear comes up ask yourself, “How would a bold person act in this situation?”
Start small. Don’t allow fear to keep you from doing what you want to do and can do. Small steps lead to big change and greater courage. Raise your hand, step up to the plate, take action. Remember your innate resilience and belief in yourself. The universe will reward you.
Embrace change. Expect it. Go with the flow. Look and learn from any lessons that arise. Allow your experiences to add layers of depth and wisdom. Don’t hold back. Rock the boat. Participate in life.
Dare to risk. Stick your neck out. Do your homework. Be comfortable with vulnerability. Use your knowledge to optimize success. Believe you have what it takes. You do.
Get curious. Have an open mind. Get excited about trying new things. Be willing to adapt, learn and grow. Jump the hurdles you face with a sense of wonder.
Believe in yourself. Think of the great obstacles you have overcome in the past. Believe that you can handle anything that comes up. Because you can!
Believe in possibility. Infinite possibilities come your way when you step outside your comfort zone. Risk-taking leads to greater success in the future.
Let go of fears that no longer serve you. Focus on what you will gain when you dare to risk and dare to change. Take on bigger challenges. Learn the skills you need to build a future that inspires you.
Feel hopeful about the future, worthy of success and willing to do what it takes to get where you want to go. The only thing stopping you is your lack of faith in yourself and the world.