It can be hard to believe in yourself. You might have been told all your life that you aren’t good enough, or you’re not smart enough. Maybe you’ve experienced trauma and have internalized this idea that you are somehow broken or bad. It’s time to stop listening to those voices and start believing in yourself instead.
It’s time to start believing in your own power, and the power of your mind. I know it’s hard. And I know that you’re probably thinking that it’s easier said than done. But if you want to make a change in your life
Focus on your talents and strengths.
When we compare ourselves to the lives of others, it’s easy to doubt ourselves. When you start comparing yourself to celebrities and all their success, you’re bound to feel like a failure. You have no idea what their personal struggles are. What if they struggle with self-esteem? What if they struggle with insecurity? They might be just as insecure as you are! You can never know everything about another person or their life experiences.
There is always someone who has more than you and someone who has less than you in every area of your life: education, money, height, weight—the list goes on and on! Comparing yourself only makes things worse because it just reinforces negative thoughts about yourself that aren’t true at all (e.g., “I’m not good enough because I don’t have X skill/talent/strength/trait like this famous person does.”)
Stop comparing yourself to others
You are not them. You will never be them, and comparing yourself to them is an unnecessary waste of time that can lead to feelings of inadequacy.
Think about the last time you compared yourself to someone else. Where did this comparison leave you feeling? Were you happy with what you saw?
We are all unique and have our own story and experiences that shape us into the people we are today. What works for one person may not work for another, so why compare yourself?
Practice positive self-talk
Self-talk is the way we talk to ourselves in our heads. Sometimes this inner dialogue is positive and encouraging, but other times it’s negative and critical.
If you find yourself engaging in negative self-talk on a regular basis, it can negatively impact your mood and confidence. This is because the more you tell yourself that something isn’t possible or shouldn’t happen, the more likely it will be that those things become true for you. On the other hand, practicing positive self-talk will boost your mood and help build your belief in yourself so that when challenges arise or opportunities come knocking on your door, you can see them as opportunities rather than threats.
Exercise can be a useful tool for improving your self-esteem. It’s no secret that physical activity is good for your body and mind, but it can also help you feel better about yourself. Exercise is known to boost energy levels and increase confidence, both of which are crucial to feeling good about yourself.
Exercise is one of the most effective ways to start believing in yourself again. It has been proven time and time again that regular exercise increases endorphin levels (the feel-good hormone), which leads to higher energy levels overall. And as we know, positive feelings lead to positive thoughts! Exercise also boosts serotonin production—the “happy” hormone—and gives us something productive to focus on instead of negative emotions or thought patterns like perfectionism, self-doubt or low self-esteem.
Focus on the good things in your life
- Focus on the positive things in your life.
This is a classic self-help exercise for anyone who wants to change their negative mindset. By focusing on the good, you’re making a choice to shift your perspective from one of scarcity to one of abundance. This can be simple: instead of thinking about how little money you have, think about all the things that are working out well in your life right now. For instance, maybe you just got promoted at work or found some great new friends who are supportive and caring toward you (even if they don’t really understand what it’s like being an introvert). Or maybe there are still plenty of problems going on around you—but maybe not as many as before! If so much has changed since last year, then aren’t there other good things happening too?
Make a list of things you love about yourself.
The first step to believing in yourself is actually a piece of paper. Write down all the things you love about yourself, and put them somewhere where you can see them often—like on your mirror or fridge! This list should be long, containing everything from physical traits to personality traits, positive habits, and more. It’s important that this list not be self-deprecating; rather than writing down “I’m pretty good at math,” write down “I’m really smart!”
The next step is making sure this list isn’t just sitting on your fridge collecting dust: bring it with you wherever you go! You can use it as a reminder when life gets tough or when people try to tear away at your self-confidence (which happens way too often).
Surround yourself with positivity
The second thing you can do is surround yourself with positivity.
- Surround yourself with positive people.
- Surround yourself with positive things and environments (like the music you listen to or the places you go).
- Surround yourself with positive thoughts, self talk and affirmations. You’ll find that most of us have an inner critic in our head that tends to be unkind and negative about who we are as people, what we say and do as well as how we look/feel/perform etc., but when it comes down to it, all those criticisms are just self-talk – they don’t actually exist outside of our minds; they only exist inside us so why not change them into something more realistic? A good way I like to do this is by surrounding myself with some positive affirmations which help me see myself differently than before so now instead of thinking something like “I am ugly” my new thought might be “I am beautiful inside & out no matter what anyone else says because who cares what other people think anyways since their opinions aren’t true anyways!! So if someone doesn’t like what I look like then too bad for them cause guess what: there will always be someone who does! Plus everyone has flaws so everyone has some reason why they’re not perfect but that doesn’t mean they’re any less lovable either 🙂 Another great tip would be daily meditations where one focuses on self love instead of criticism because at least then even if someone else doesn’t give us enough love back (which never happens), at least we know deep down inside ourselves that no matter what anyone thinks about themselves
Help others have a positive day and help them to start believing in themselves as well. If you can see the positive in others, it will help you to see the positive in yourself as well
- Help others have a positive day.
- If you can see the positive in others, it will help you to see the positive in yourself as well.
Don’t underestimate this idea; while it may seem small and insignificant, helping others is a great way to help yourself. By helping others believe in themselves and their abilities, they’ll be more likely to believe in their own potentials as well! This is an easy way for everyone involved to benefit from believing in themselves: when you start believing that you can succeed at something important or difficult, then other people will also start seeing your worthiness of these expectations as well.
If you want to believe in yourself, start by being kind. Start by helping others feel good about themselves and letting them know that they have value. By doing this, you will be able to see how much value there is in who you are as well!