You will be amazed at how much you can inspire others just by being yourself, and by choosing to share yourself. Find your unique voice or style, then just go with the flow! It’s tempting to choose a style of talking, of acting, of writing, or behavior that you feel will be more acceptable to others, even though that isn’t you. You absolutely must resist the temptation! You can never get anywhere or inspire anybody by simply being a copy, so allow yourself to become what you already are!
Find your own voice and give free rein to that thing that is trying to burst out of you and you’ll be amazed at the wonder you are capable of. Every person has a story to tell, a passion to express or a vision to share – discover yours and don’t be afraid to own it.
Here are 3 easy to cultivate tips to help you gain confidence in yourself and be you!
- Have the Courage to Trust in Yourself
Being original in a world where everybody is trying to be some perceived notion of what is considered ideal and acceptable can be lonely at first; so making the choice to be yourself, express your views, and live by your principles will definitely need a good doze of courage. The good news is that the courage you need can be developed simply through self trust! Trust yourself and resist the constant need to validate yourself and your opinions by those of others. Trusting yourself can boost your self confidence and make it easier to make your own decisions and follow your ideals. Most of us already have an idea of what we can do or want to do, and what’s stopping us isn’t money or external influence but our own lack of trust in ourselves. Build trust in yourself by breaking the habit of questioning your opinions. Even if your choices turn out not to be the best, have the courage to stick with them and resolve to learn from your mistakes.
- Stop Self-Criticism Now!
Constantly letting that inner voice go on and on with self criticism has no benefits at all so stop it now! Be kinder to yourself. And always remember that there’s no harsher critic than the voice in your head. Whenever you hear the negative commentary inside your head, replace them with positive affirmations. How can you cheer for others, be a fan of others and not of yourself? Be your own #1 fan, and if you’re worried if you deserve it, I can assure you that you most certainly do! You are amazing! You simply haven’t come around to seeing it yet, but you will, once you tell it to yourself enough times to believe it.
- Discover your Strengths and Build on them
So you know you have a certain knack or the passion for something, but you’re not quite confident in your skills. That’s great, so build on them. Don’t just wish you had the skills or resources to pursue a dream you have. Work towards acquiring those skills. Find your strengths (whatever they are) and develop them. Don’t decide what you want to be good at, simple find those areas where you excel and If you’re not sure what your strengths are, you can ask those closest to you. Invest your time and resources on building your strengths, however do not judge yourself too harshly for the things you’re not able to do. Remember that everybody is better at some things and worse at others so be accepting of both your strengths and your weaknesses.