I think--as a society--we overuse it. I feel like we've gotten away from it's meaning, it's power, it's validity. We tend to roll it off of our tongues as a quippy, be-all, end-all whenever anyone starts talking about dreams and goals.
But just telling someone to believe in themselves doesn't equip them with what it actually means to do that.
I am not going to lie. Right now, life has me scared, and stressed, and a little overwhelmed. I am very happy and excited for the future....but am also nervous for how things will work out. Keeping myself sane, inspired, and on-track is taking a lot of focus. But really, I think that's the key. We aren't going to stay inspired unless we actively seek inspiration. We won't achieve unless we actively pursue achievement. You have to empower your mind.
I read a great thing the other day about being a friend to yourself. Typically, that's the message plastered across body-positive posts....but it, too, means so much more. Being a friend to yourself means being gentle with yourself, but also knowing when to be really, really bossy and force yourself to get things done. Being a friend to yourself means acknowledging your insecurities....but also acknowledging when they're unfounded. Friends push us, challenge us, demand the best of us, believe in us. Being a friend to ourselves involves the same things.
Believe in yourself.
Listen to what your 'self', soul, body, mind, is telling you.
Trust that you are real, and valid.
Have faith in your ideas, work ethic, dreams.
Believe in yourself so fiercely, everyone else can't help but believe in you, too.
Don't worry about other people. But give them something amazing to watch.
Don't undermine your dreams, goals, to-do lists.
Talk freely about what you want from life.
Be so good they can't ignore you.
Commit to excellence. Every day.
Be great in your own unique way.
Have faith that the process will get you there.
Work tirelessly for your vision.
Happy Tuesday! xoxo