Increasing your self-belief

“With realization of one’s own potential and self-confidence in one’s ability, one can build a better world” –  Dalai Lama

Fear and self-doubt if not well managed, can be detrimental in the pursuit of our goals, in fact they can be so paralyzing, that they can completely stop us attempting anything.

Today’s concept ‘self-belief’, is something which is most definitely needed in helping to conquer the above mindset challenges.

“Self-belief (or self-efficacy) is a person’s belief in their ability to complete tasks and to achieve their goals (Bandura, 1995).

  • Judging yourself to be capable of success increases your chances of actual success. 
  • Judging yourself as not capable of success reduces the chance of success.

Without belief in your ability to perform something you are never going to foster the courage to start. This is particularly relevant when looking at your personal goals.

So how can you foster self-belief? Well some of our suggestions include:

  • 1. Practice a task, the more you perform the better you will get
  • 2.Reject perfectionism
  • 3.Don’t compare yourself to others / Engage in self-competition
  • 4.Do not fear failure
  1. Practice a task – The more you perform something the better you get at it. I am an enthusiastic writer but when I first began I had a lot of self-doubt, I now believe in my abilities as I have performed the task so many times. I throw myself into the personal development field and as a result I have a lot of knowledge, this gives me confidence to pass it onto others. My message to you is to start my taking action, as in doing so you will start to see your confidence grow.
  • Reject perfectionism – This is one of my weakest traits and something I face a battle with daily, however the truth is perfect doesn’t exist. Seek progress as opposed to perfectionism, as again, action is the only way you will learn. Often perfectionism is a mask for fear, and we have to recognise this and do our upmost best to overcome it (however challenging that may be).
  • Don’t compare yourself – Comparing ourselves to others can be fatal. Remember, there are going to be people ahead of you, who are better than you, who are where you want to be. Instead look at these as a source of inspiration, seek support from them. As well as this, we should engage in self-competition, focusing on trying to be a better you. This is where you will see growth and an increase in self-belief.
  • Do not fear failure – This is easier said than done but it is the truth. People fail sometimes. Although failure may jeopardise your self-belief initially, ultimately it would make you a stronger person and in the long run it fosters growth.

As a founder of a business I am not going to sit here and say I am always full of self-belief because it is far from the truth. I wholeheartedly believe in my knowledge of this subject, I believe in my ability wholeheartedly, but without question, I still have my self-doubts, it is part of being human.

You have to recognise the value in self-belief. There will be outside factors which can influence your mindset and without believing in yourself it will make such challenges difficult to overcome. People will question your actions, people will say it can’t be done, and if you believed their every word it most certainly becomes true for you.

When I recently attended a mindset seminar by dynamite lifestyle the speaker their told me that “everything begins with a thought.”   He said the chair you’re sitting on now, the notebook your writing in, the screen you’re looking at, the room you’re sat in… it all began with a thought. Some of the greatest visionaries in the world all began with a thought. A thought to take man to the moon, a thought to have a mobile phone in everybody’s hand, there are so many examples, but at some point somebody believed in their abilities to build something great. They will have no doubt faced challenges, but ultimately they believed that they were capable of achieving their dream.

One of my favourite mindset coaches Steven Green often says that as humans we haven’t even scratched the surface of what we are capable of. He has built a multi-million pound property portfolio, he runs multiple business, and even has a world record for back to back triathlons covering an insane amount of distance without sleep. He credits this to his belief in himself. If he had begun with the mindset that it wasn’t possible then 1. He might not have even attempted it. 2. He would have beaten himself in his own mind without even trying.

Self-belief Vs Self-doubt/fear can almost feel like a battle of good vs evil at times for me personally, but there is no denying that we all need belief in our abilities to succeed in our own personal goals.

I hope this article has helped you in some way. As always, if you want any support please reach out to us. If you feel like somebody else could benefit from this then please share it with them to.

Thank you for reading.

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