Don’t Underestimate Yourself

Too often I run across people who just don’t believe in themselves. This is the worst thing you can do, don’t underestimate yourself.

Everybody has a set of talents. Usually, the thing we want most to be able to do we are capable of doing. The problem is many lack confidence in themselves.

Whether it is friends, family or society that have made you think you can’t do something or aren’t worthy, you have somehow lost confidence in yourself. Even without realizing it, you have let outside factors program your thinking. The good news is you can change your programming.

In my teens, I had told my English teacher that I thought I wanted to be a writer. He, in turn, told me that I didn’t have a grasp of the English language and as such would never be a writer. Oddly enough, I also had a teacher tell me I wrote a paper equivalent to a first-year university student and that he didn’t believe it was my work (it was). These two teachers judged me on my rambunctious ways and not my talent.

The worst part of it was I believed the English teacher. I continued to scribble here and there but I kept my writing for the most part to myself. It wasn’t until I was in my thirties and a manager told me he thought I should write a book that my thinking changed. Yes, I was a bit older and hopefully a bit wiser but I was also at a point in my life where I believed in myself. The best part, I wrote the book and it was a fast seller.

Whatever is holding you back, know that you, and only you, are the one doing the restraining. Anything we want is achievable if we are willing to put in the time.

The key to achieving anything is to break it down into manageable steps (goals) and then complete each step, one at a time. As you complete the steps and draw closer to your goal, you will find not only are you doing it but also that your confidence in your ability is growing.

Yes, there will be setbacks. They are what makes our work solid in the end. We run into the problems and solve them. Sometimes it is because we missed a step. Other times it could be because we didn’t know something but as part of the process we learned it.

Turning your dreams into reality takes hard work. It also takes consistent effort. Think of it as making a commitment to yourself and then keep that commitment. You are worth it.

So, go ahead and break down those barriers, go for the dream but whatever you do, don’t underestimate yourself.

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Published by Leslie Dobson

Leslie has been writing since she was a young child, first with poetry and short stories and later with song lyrics, young adult stories and inspirational sayings. She is a multi-genre author and her blogs and books come when and where the Spirit leads.

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