I have been having one of those weeks…. yup, fear and doubt has crept in. My confidence has been shaken and I am wondering what my purpose is in life. What happened? I’m not sure except I have had some weird health days. Days of feeling unsure. Most days I can shake it then there are some when I need a confidence booster. Surrounding myself with supportive friends and family is part of it BUT sometimes I need to work on me.
Here are some things I do to help shake those nasty inner gremlins:
1. Share Your Gifts & Passion with Others
Everyone has gifts and talents even when our confidence is lacking. When I have days like this, I start writing. Because I know sharing my struggles with others is one of my gifts. You have accomplished great things – don’t downplay what you have achieved. I know I am guilty of this all of the time. The truth is, we are all good at something and there is always someone who wants to learn.
2. Forgive Yourself for Your Mistakes
When I have days like this, I tend to focus on all of the mistakes I made in life. Remember negative thoughts brings more negative thoughts. When we hold ourselves or others to high standards expecting perfection, we are usually left feeling less than, a failure, and unworthy. Give yourself a break! Self-forgiveness is an important step towards building your self esteem and confidence. Everyone make mistakes, you are no exception and you deserve to be forgiven.
3. Pay it Forward or Pay Yourself
Are you looking to right your wrongs or make a change due to mistakes from your past which may be holding you back? We can’t wave a magic wand and make them go away BUT we can change the outcome. Didn’t make school a priority in your life? Go back and take some classes. Maybe you weren’t there for friends and family – make amends. As a recovering addict, my mission is to help those who are struggling because others helped m. What mistake can you forgive yourself for so you can move on?
4. Be Solution Focused
I always say negative thoughts brings more negative – positive brings more positive, it is the way of the Universe. So, when you are always complaining about not having enough (of anything), nothing gets accomplished. Look for solutions when things aren’t going as planned. This will take some practice before it becomes natural. In the end, you will be able to approach a problem from a mindset of how to solve it instead of WHY ME victim mindset.
I know it is hard to smile when you are feeling less than BUT a little smile goes a long way. You would be surprised how it can actually change your mindset. It makes me feel good to smile, and it can also brighten someone else’s day. In some cases this is where I advocate, fake it till you make it. I don’t mean being fake to others, it is about learning to pick your head up and feel good along the way. The more you do it, before long, you will forget you were “faking it” and actually feed better, maybe even GOOD or GREAT!
6. Fear is Your Friend
FEAR is huge when we are not feeling confident (at least for me). I am trying hard to use fear to my advantage! Think about it – fear shows up when you are about to step out of your comfort zone, stretch yourself and build your confidence. This is your secret weapon to growing. When you recognize it is about to get scary, you are about to expand yourself which is HUGE confidence builder.
Despite popular belief (and my constant writing about it) I do struggle with confidence. I am always amazed how I am more confident around people I don’t know then I am around friends or business colleagues. Those nasty inner gremlins love to play the comparison game.
Share your struggles and your successes with us. Let’s BUILD each other up so we are all successful in our business (and our lives).
Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!