You can easily learn to live with confidence, courage and clarity by simply putting into practice some new ways of thinking about the messages you’ve internalized that prevent you from living life to the fullest.
Imagine constantly hearing the message, “children should be seen and not heard”? That’s a message that shuts down creativity, self-expression and pushes your confidence level down deeper than a ship sunken at the bottom of the ocean.
I certainly heard that along with a lot of other limiting messages. But, the good news is I no longer carry the burden of limitation, doubt and fear.
And, you don’t have to either.
You may not have experienced such a shut down as this but many people have. And that ultimately leads to a lack of confidence, fear and a profound hesitancy to express your feelings or ask for what you want.
Fortunately, that kind of thinking has become obsolete (at least I certainly hope so).
I’ve learned to counter those negative messages and teach countless women to overcome fear, self doubt so they can live with confidence, courage and clarity.
And, here are some tips you can use to step boldly into the life you want and deserve:
- Crush Fear At Its Root – Fear is what keeps you stuck in a mindset of limitation, doubt and uncomfortable in unfamiliar situations where you don’t know the outcome. You may not know the outcome of an experience but take the first step anyway. When you do what you are afraid of or uncomfortable doing, you will triumph over fear every time.
- Be Open To Possibilities – You have unlimited possibilities available to you every day to pursue your dreams and live fulfilled and meaningful lives. Brainstorm ways to tap into the possibilities available to you.
- Stop Making Excuses – Excuses prevent you from living life out loud with courage, confidence and clarity and keeps you from moving forward. Banish excuses and replace them with what is possible.
- Repeat Positive Affirmations – Affirmations will lift your spirit and build your confidence level. For example, “I receive confidence and self-assurance as often as I need it”; “I am open to limitless possibilities”.
- Encourage Yourself Often – Give yourself a pat on the back or a gold star every time you open up to a new possibility, or do something you fear. Doing so builds the confidence you need to try something new and different.
- Make informed choices and stick to your decision – Once you are sure of what’s best for YOU, choices become easier because you’re not trying to live up to someone else’s expectations or looking for validation or acceptance.
No matter what experiences you’ve had that zapped your confidence, has you stuck in fear or uncertain about what steps to take next, you can begin today to make changes that will greatly enhance your life. A great way to start living with courage, confidence and clarity is by getting my free special report, Building Strong Boundaries to Create More Breathing Space in Your Hectic Life.
Gladys Anderson helps nurses, teachers, social workers, therapists and other care-giving women to set limits so they have more time, more joy and more energy for self-care.