I am one awesome Diva…and so are you!
To some that might come across as very self-centered sounding.
I’m okay with that.
There was a time in my life that I could barely look at myself in the mirror, let alone recognize and celebrate the greatness I had within me.
So I’m okay with knowing and believing that I am one great driven, inspiring, victorious and called to action Diva – whether others embrace it or not.
Building confidence is a necessary exercise for many of us. If self-confidence does not come naturally, building it up takes deliberate, conscious effort.
These are some of the steps I’ve taken throughout my journey of fully embracing and loving me. I’ve shared these before, but they bare sharing again.
Write them down. Make a list of your goals, long and short term, and then below each goal write the steps it will take to get there.
It’s no secret that I love S.M.A.R.T. goals. Goals that are specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and time-based. The accountability factor that comes with sharing your goals with a respected and trusted group of individuals was the inspiration for The Divatude Challenge (a year-long focus and circle of support).
Whether it’s relationships, business ventures, or self-improvement, writing your goals and their necessary steps can make those goals much less daunting and much more doable. That alone helps you feel more confident in moving forward.
While it’s good to have aspirations toward self-improvement, constantly comparing yourself to the best of the best in your realm can get discouraging. For example, if you’d like to have a talk radio show or Podcast, you might be inspired by high-profile radio hosts; being inspired by them is fine, but beating yourself up because you are not exactly like they are – complete with millions of listeners – will only discourage you.
Build a Positive Self-Image
It seems that when you are just certain you are going to fail before you try something, you are more likely to fail when you do try it. If you have a negative self-image and think you just can’t achieve anything, it’s likely that you won’t – thus underscoring this false impression about yourself. Stop listening to the negative inner voice and instead tell yourself that you can achieve your goals and, even if you fail, it’s not because you are a bad person or because you didn’t try.
Surround yourself with positivity, photos of yourself and uplifting and empowering words – it truly does make a difference.
Get to Know Yourself
When’s the last time you took yourself out? Seriously. This means spending some quiet time thinking or writing in a journal – some quiet time by yourself in which you assess your strengths, weaknesses, and personality. What are your character traits? What quirks and talents do you have? Pretend like you are being interviewed and that the interviewer is trying to get to know you. What questions would they ask?
If no one else has told you this lately, I want you to know that:
What steps have you taken to help encourage a positive self-talk for yourself?