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How to Believe In Yourself and Create Mental Toughness

Do you find it difficult to believe in yourself that whatever it is you're pursuing or going after is possible, that you can turn the invisible into the visible, or that dream into a reality?

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If the answer is yes, here's the trick...
It's because you can't see or create the finish line before
one exists.

That means that every step of the way from where you are right now until you cross the finish line depends on you and your thoughts.

How to believe in yourself

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Below I'll share guides that you can implement starting today...

Become Life-Long Learner

How you internalize failure and how you look at setbacks when
no one is around to pat you on the back or to tell you how great you are, that's the decisive and hardest part to believe in yourself and keep going forward.

It all begins by having the courage to wake up every single day with the mindset of designing small wins and building something from the ground up and to believe in yourself when you're looking in that reflection in the mirror.

By staying consistent and sticking to your goals, no matter how small, you can build the necessary self-confidence and skills to create the quality of work and life you desire.

Just imagine that If you invest an hour a day studying 
a chosen field, you'll become a national expert
in that field 
in 5 years or less.

Earl Nightingale preached that before, and Jim Cathcart is living proof of that.

If you decide to become a life long learner, you can't "fail",
because you try something, learn, memorize the feedback from that experience, move on and continue to grow every single day.

Use the Creativity of the Mind

When you are ready to start working toward your goals,
you may wonder... How do I even begin?

The best approach to overcoming this daunting question is to start by developing a deeper self-belief in yourself. 

This means sharpening a mindset in which you feel 100 percent capable of doing anything you set your mind to.

This works because once you start truly believing you can accomplish something, the mind releases creative power,
the mental focus necessary for finding ways to accomplish
your goals.

The more you believe in yourself, the more creative power is released.

This means even the most challenging goals become achievable as long as your level of belief matches the
task’s difficulty.

Instead of "I feel afraid when I stand up in front of a lot of people to salute or to make a speech ", you may find yourself thinking, "I just don't have any ability in that area".

The worst-case scenario here is that after a while with continued repetition of that sort of self-talk, you will come to believe what you have been telling yourself. 

In many similar situations throughout life, you get to the point where you "know" that you're not good at some things, and your brain automatically supports your thinking process
giving you some comfort...

Remember that's the wrong mindset to have and that you'll face many similar situations in the future. 

Play The Confidence Game

Consider the confidence to be an immune system protecting you against fear. 

believe in yourself, you're amazing

The stronger your confidence, the less likely it is that fear will have a defeating impact on you.

Just as your immune system needs proper nourishment to function, your confidence needs continuous support to ensure it’s as strong and effective as possible.

What is one of the best ways to build confidence? 

Start acting confident by managing your emotions and behaving the way you want to feel, even if it's uncomfortable in the beginnings.

I'm not saying "fake it till you make it" cause I don't like that phrase at all...

At first, this will be difficult to sustain, but over time it’ll become natural.

  • Try sitting in the front row during classes or presentations,
  • Make more eye contact with other people,
  • Walk 25 percent faster than usual.

These actions build confidence because they make you stand out from the crowd and cause you to increase your interactions with others, which also increases your self-awareness.

Just remember that no one is born with confidence. 
At the end of the day, even the most confident people 
had to work for their confidence.

The key here is to be true to yourself, to be true to the very best that is in you, and to live your life consistent with your highest values and aspirations. 

This is the only way to truly learn how to believe in yourself.

Take some time to think about who you are and what you believe in and what is important to you.

Why I Recommend Teaching and Courses from Brian Tracy?

He's one of the main guys in the confidence-building and goals achieving sector!

I took 2 of his courses and listened to his audio programs for 3 years and his teachings changed the way I set goals and 
how I approach challenges in my life.

He taught me first to believe in myself and how to set, measure and accomplish goals, and I'm eternally grateful for all the lessons he taught me in the human development process as well.

There's a variety of courses he has created, and you can check the website here.

The two courses I recommend are:
Goals Mastery &
Personal Achievement.

If you believe in yourself, you will find the courage to take immediate action on your goals. And this, as you may know, is the key to success!
Source: Brian Tracy Blog

Interesting paragraph I've read from James Clear
The biggest difference I've noticed he says between successful people and unsuccessful people isn't intelligence or opportunity or resources. 
It's the belief that they can make their goals happen.

We all deal with vulnerability, uncertainty, and failure. 
Some of us trust that if we move forward anyway, 
then we will figure it out.

Beware of Negative Reinforcements

negative reinforcement

In today’s society, negativity is everywhere – from murders reported by the news to advertisements that try to make you feel fat or ugly. 

But it’s not only the media being negative... 
Even the people closest to you often spit “you can’t make it so don’t-even try” propaganda, for example, your best friends might start criticizing your dream of becoming president of a company, or attacking some of your biggest goals if you decide to share with them.

After a while, we get so used to negative thinking that
it feels normal.

Our negative thoughts work like mental monsters: the more 
we let them into our psyche, the stronger they become, until they completely overpower our positive thinking.

But the truth is that negative thinking isn’t normal or healthy. 

In fact, it’s one of the main things that keeps people from becoming successful. 

This is why people who say “it can’t be done” are almost
always frustrated, unsuccessful or average.

Thoughts have power, creative power, and if you let your mind wander wherever it pleases, it will continue to trick you into thinking that who you are is never enough – good enough, smart enough, beautiful enough, worthy enough, etc..

And it will continue to damage you and the quality of your life.
Don’t believe everything you think. 

Stand guard at the gate of your mind, as Buddha and Jesus were saying in the past.

How to Change Your Belief System?

You can expand and change your belief system by 
reading about or talking to other people who have done
the “impossible.” 

They will provide you with real-life examples that anything is possible.

If you immerse yourself in books, videos, audio, and personal connections with such inspiring people then you’ll firm up your beliefs that it's absolutely possible and YOU CAN DO IT TOO!

If you don't know where to start, I suggest the 10 steps lessons from Jack Canfield, specifically Breakthrough to Success.

breakthrough to success course

I believe none of us should ever stop growing, learning, changing, and being curious about what's going to happen next. 

None of us is perfect, so we should be eager to learn more and try to be more effective in every part of our lives. 

Nobody grows old by living a certain number of years. 
That is distorted reality if you ask me...

People can grow old at 35 if they desert their ideals, let their thinking become clouded with pessimism, or permit worry, self-doubt, fear, procrastination, and anxiety to prevent them from taking risks and discover more in their lives.

Believe in Yourself Quotes

First principle: never to let one's self be beaten down by persons or by events. -Marie Curie

Believe in yourself and have faith in your abilities! 
Without humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers, you cannot be successful or happy. 
-Norman Vincent Peale

You cannot be lonely if you like the person you're alone with. 
-Wayne Dyer

Always remember you are braver than you believe, 
stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. 
-Christopher Robin

Believe in yourself, and don't let anyone stand in your way.
-Jeffrey Star

Remember the world will judge you based on how you
judge yourself. 
-Vincent Mueller

Believe in yourself, and the rest will fall into place. 
Have faith in your own abilities, work hard, and there is nothing you cannot accomplish.
-Brad Henry

Question for you...

What is the main challenge that's preventing you to truly 
believe in yourself so far?

Leave a comment below with your thoughts...

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