Having a sense of belief in yourself, in your dreams and in your right to pursue those dreams, is essential if you want to have a full and meaningful life. Your life paradigm contributes significantly to the level of happiness you experience. Your life paradigm is your fundamental belief-set or operating model for your life. It’s how you see things working or not working in your life.
Happy people operate with a positive life paradigm: “My life will be great. Good things will regularly happen for me. On the rare occasion when things go wrong, I will be able to cope and I will emerge stronger for the experience.” Are you someone who looks forward to moving through life with ease, or believes life needs to be tough in order to be meaningful?
Regardless of your upbringing or formative experiences, it is never too late to start believing in yourself. One way to boost your self-belief is to start listening to your internal conversations and self-talk. Examine your self-talk and never speak to yourself more harshly than you would to a small child. You should be speaking to yourself: encouraging, nurturing, and building confidence and self-belief.
Happy people believe in themselves unconditionally. They know they can do, be and have all that they want in life. Your self-esteem is then independent of the opinions of others and it won’t matter what anyone else says or thinks. When your self-belief is a self-sustaining resource, it will not be vulnerable to the whims of others and your happiness is not dependent on anyone or anything other than yourself. It will be easier for you to take criticism, knock-backs and disappointments personally. When someone else doesn’t believe in you or your dreams, remember it’s about them, not you. When you believe in yourself, anything is possible.
You see things, and you say, “Why?”
But I dream things that never were; and I say, “Why not?”