“I claim to be no more than an average man with below average capabilities. I have not a shadow of a doubt that any man or woman can achieve what I have if he or she would put the same effort and cultivate the same hope and faith.” These powerful words are cited by none other than the man who believed in walking his talk and being the change he wanted to see in the rest of the world. Mahatma Gandhi truly lived by these golden words till he breathed his last.
The longest of the journeys were completed and the toughest of the battles were won not because of great strength or powerful weapons but because of sheer will power and not a trace of doubt. You too can will your daily battles whether they are personal or professional by ironing out the creases of self-doubt from your minds and spirits. Here is how you can cultivate self-belief in yourself.
- The Attitude of Gratitude: Louise Hay talks about the importance of cultivating an attitude of gratitude in her book, ‘The Attitude of Gratitude’. Such a spirit makes a considerable difference to ones physical, psychological, emotional and social well being. It is important that as professionals or entrepreneurs we learn to acknowledge what we’ve already accomplished. Show gratitude for all the exciting opportunities and positive learning experiences that have come your way.
- Treat Failures as stepping stones: As clichéd as it may sound, it is important for entrepreneurs or professionals to keep their calm and poise during storms and also learn to pick themselves up. Failures shuld be treated as stepping stones and not stumbling blocks. Anxiety is often rooted in fear. Mistakes are predestined and no matter how hard you work to turn the tables or how often lady luck favours you, we are destined to make mistakes. Simply accept them, learn your lessons and move on to better tomorrow.
- Write it out: Research has it that journal writing keeps you more focussed, helps you steer clear of negative self talk, get rid of pessimistic thoughts and other irrational beliefs. When you write down your thoughts you simply become more aware. An increased awareness helps you combat negative thoughts and embrace the more positive ones. It helps you to learn to live in the now. Keep a journal and record your victories no matter how small they may seem to you. Note down all the things you are experiences or the all sorts of feelings that you are going through. Make a note of even the negative thoughts that cross your mind.
And always keep in mind that success lies at the end of the long road of your beliefs. Don’t make them your barriers but bridges. And in times of doubts or disbelief, tell yourself, “Main apni favourite hu!”