Have you ever noticed how much an individual’s success is a matter of self-confidence? People who are leaders possess a strong sense of self. They are confident in their ability to handle whatever situation arises. They believe in being, doing, achieving, and receiving the best at all times. They do not settle for second best.
Lack of self-confidence probably means an active Inner Critic that incessantly harps on inadequacies. It means underachieving, setting the bar nice and low so there won’t be any major disappointment, expecting to fail, or at least not expecting to win. It’s a viewpoint that is self-perpetuating, circular, and defeatist.
Lack of self-confidence is highly habit forming. It’s really good at feeding on itself, perpetuating itself.
I lost last time so I’ll probably lose again.
I can’t do that, I already tried.
I haven’t done anything yet, so I guess I never will.
Obviously, given the choice between the downward spiral of self-disapproval and the healthy growth that comes with self-confidence, most would select the latter. But for those who are mired in years of seeing themselves as inferior or inadequate, this may be easier said than done.
Turn to a new page in your journal and write: Where I want to be. Continue writing, describing this place that is the manifestation of your success. When you accomplish your dreams, this is how it will look.
Over the next days, continue searching for your confidence, for the strength to do and believe and speak with power and firm faith in yourself. Ask yourself frankly,
What can I do?
What am I willing to do?
What am I afraid of?
Where can I find information, resources, and support?
What qualifies me to expect the very best?
By Mari L. McCarthy – The Journaling Therapy Specialist, founder of Journaling for the Self of It™. Mari offers counseling and courses as well as hundreds of prompts through her many online journaling resources and her private consultations. Please visit http://www.createwritenow.com/. Mari’s latest publication is Do What You Love: 7 Days Career Journaling Challenge, which is available at http://store.createwritenow.com/do-what-you-love-7-days-career-journalin…. And please join CreateWriteNow on facebook – http://facebook.com/JournalWritingTherapy
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