While all of us strive for success, we each have our own definition of what that is for us.
Have you ever noticed how someone can “have it all” or be incredibly successful by our standards and theirs and yet not feel confident? It’s almost as if they still aren’t comfortable in their own skin and have vacillating emotions. That’s because true success isn’t what you’ve achieved and it’s not about what you have. Rather, success starts with you at your core and making the commitment to always deeply and completely love and accept yourself. In other words, when you have self-confidence you have the key to success. Why is that? Why is self-confidence so important? What does it do that makes it the key?
For starters, it removes emotional stress and keeps you from getting in your own way.
Self-confidence will ground you when your mind and circumstances threaten to throw you into chaos. A lot of emotional stress comes from feeling guilty or afraid of something that’s happening or happened in your life. While you know you want to take a step forward, take action and make progress, there’s a negative tape that keeps playing in your mind that stops you. When you are connected to who you are and learn to accept exactly who you are, completely loving that person, you will be able to move past those limiting thoughts.
Self-confidence is the key to success for another very important reason: it eliminates second-guessing.
Removing this from your life will not only save you time but help you avoid conflict and the mental stress of being unsure and stuck. A self-confident person can look at the big picture and the details, know their place in the plan, and then take specific action towards that larger vision. They don’t let the “what if’s” stop them because they know that no matter what happens, they’re going to give it their best shot.
It also attracts other self-confident people into your life, helping you continue to grow and mature as you weave through life. We take on qualities of people who we spend time with because they’re a natural influence on our lives and our thinking. Together you can join forces to build each other up, encourage one another, and have a friendly competition to help you both keep moving forward. It’s important to your success that those you are spending time with want to see you succeed.
Perhaps the biggest reason self-confidence is the key to success is because it gives you peace about your body.
Living in guilt, anger, shame, jealousy, hatred, or insecurity about your body will throw up stop signs and roadblocks throughout your entire life. One of the biggest reasons people hold themselves back is because they don’t feel physically attractive or comfortable in their own skin. But when self-confidence starts to build and you deeply and completely love and accept yourself, you’ll find that those negative feelings will start to dissipate. You’ll find that you can knock them down faster than you did before.
Choosing to deeply and completely love and accept yourself is the foundation of success because it will give you self-confidence in a way that no one can shake or take away from you. It may take some forgiveness, it may take some time and it may take some work, but it’s the best thing you can do for yourself. The best part is, that it’s never too late or too early to love and accept yourself. You’re exactly where you need to be and you’re ready for the next step!
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*Previously published on October 27, 2018
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