Many say it’s resources, luck, background, or connections that create successful people. While these all have some influence, the strongest contributing factor to achieving something significant is self-belief. Studies have proven that when you experience positive emotions such as love, joy, or contentment, you’ll see more possibilities in your life. If you believe in yourself, you’re most likely to succeed—and to be happier in every area. To put yourself on the track to success, it’s important to understand that your brain constantly functions in survival mode. It doesn’t automatically care about your big goals. Instead, it’s continually focused on keeping you alive and comfortable. This causes us to experience procrastination, self-doubt, negative thinking, anxiety, and so on. The sure-fire way to overcome these self-created obstacles is to simply disregard them and truly believe in yourself. After all, you have a 100% success rate in survival so far! That’s an incredible track record, and worth considering and celebrating!
If you believe in yourself, you have a few key attributes:
- Self-worth – the sense that you have value as a human being
- Self-confidence – a positive attitude about your abilities, qualities, and judgment
- Self-trust – faith that you can rely on yourself
- Autonomy – feeling able to choose and direct your own behavior
- Environmental mastery – your belief that your efforts will result in the changes you desire.
These are some of the key components involved in believing in yourself. Maybe you struggle with just one of them or maybe you struggle with all of them. But by understanding where your struggles lie, it’ll be easier to start shifting your attitudes about yourself. Learning how to believe in yourself starts with thinking positively and vocalizing positive statements to build your self-esteem. It also includes identifying what your highest values and aspirations in life are and setting expectations so you can be true to yourself–which will let you live your best life.
Believing in ourselves is kind of like the key that turns the ignition and starts the car. We can’t really go anywhere without it. Try as we might to push ourselves forward, we’re blocked because our thoughts, attitudes, and actions aren’t in alignment with our goals. So we either don’t do what we need to do or we sabotage ourselves along the way, sometimes in obvious ways and sometimes in ways that are totally unconscious to us. Once we find this key and implement it into our lives, we’ll be able to reach our destination much easier and faster than before.
For more inspiration on believing in yourself, here are a few quotes to propel you forward:
“Your present circumstances don’t determine where you can go. They merely determine where you start.” —Nido Qubein
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. Is it our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” —Merianne Williamson, A Return to Love
“Whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be, and you can never be what you ought to be until I am what I ought to be.” —Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
“What a wonderful thought it is that some of the best days of our lives haven’t even happened yet.” —Anne Frank