Monday, December 17, 2012

Do you often doubt yourself?  How many times have you said to yourself, “I can’t wear that outfit because I’m not thin enough or I couldn’t get the job because I’m sure someone better than me will get it”.  Negative thoughts like these can hold us back from achieving true self-confidence and fulfillment. Many of us love art, and music, but what about ourselves? If someone asks you to name 8 things you like about yourself, you might have a hard time doing so. However, at the same time, if you were asked the same question about someone you admire, you would probably rattle them off.

Check out a few tips, which you can use to start you in the right direction to make yourself better.

  • Begin the day well: Start your day off with gratitude. Wake up and think of 3 things you are grateful for that day. Perhaps it is your health, family or something simple like a beautiful day.
  • Wake up early: Do something constructive such as walking, jogging or meditation before leaving for work or school.  This jump starts your energy.
  • Have a positive attitude: Whatever is going on in your mind is what you are attracting. If you start thinking positively you will start seeing positive outcomes for your life. Instead of cursing or blaming others because they have something you don’t, be happy for them. As my mother always said “there will always be someone who has more than you and someone who has less”. Appreciation for the small things goes a long way.
  • Surround yourself with positive people: The company we keep plays a key role in our thoughts. If you are often in the company of negative people who are always complaining or criticizing, the odds are you will become like them. On the flip side, notice how you feel when you are around genuinely positive people. It can be contagious. Watch your company at all times!
  • Set goals: What do you want to achieve in order to improve yourself? Set realistic goals. Set a long-term goal and short-term goal simultaneously. Long-term goals can appear daunting. Start small.  For instance, if you want to increase your financial status for the long term, perhaps start with setting a short-term goal of career exploration and networking with people familiar with an industry you are interested in.
  • Learn from the past: There is no better way to improve yourself than by learning from past mistakes. All of your past experiences are teaching moments. A person who does NOT let her past experience discourage her has a better chance of improving than the one who holds on to the past .You have to make the a decision that you want to change and work towards becoming the person you want to be.
  • Overcome your fears: The worst thing you can do to yourself is not try something because you are afraid. This is incredibly common for many people. Believe me, it is true that overcoming your fears sets a platform for success. Once you let go of the fear, there will be no stopping you.

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