The Secret to Living a Bigger, Bolder Life
I am thankful to all those who said no. It’s because of them, I did it myself. ~Albert Einstein
Isn’t there something almost magical about the effect motivational stories have on us? You know the ones I mean. Stories about people who have risked everything to take a stand against injustice and in doing so improved the lives of countless others. And then there are the stories about people who, despite overwhelming odds, manage to achieve uncommon success and go on to create bold, inspirational lives most of us will only ever dream of.
So the question is, what is it about some people that enable them to find the courage to live bigger, bolder lives and make a difference in this world? Two very important things … somewhere along the line they developed a strong sense of self-belief. And, here’s the biggie because intention without muscle goes nowhere . . . they took action.
Obstacles and challenges are an inevitable part of life, and that will never change.
Consider this … have you ever started the day bursting with energy and enthusiasm for all the things you intend to accomplish, only to end up losing momentum and slip back into the same old routine? We all do it. So why do we have such a tough time making meaningful progress?
Believe it or not, it is our own limiting beliefs – the stories we make up and believe about ourselves – that create our biggest obstacles.
Think of all the wonderful ideas you’ve had over the years for self-improvement, better career opportunities, a new business, improved living conditions, or ways to enhance your relationships. Notice how each of those ideas came to you with abundant energy, enthusiasm and excitement, yet for some reason you’ve never followed them through to completion.
If we really take an honest look at what gets in the way, more often than not, it is the stories we tell ourselves; the things that we have come to believe about ourselves that holds us back. This doesn’t mean that we are broken or require fixing, and it may only apply to certain areas of our life. It simply means it may be time to re-evaluate some of the self-beliefs that we have been holding on to.
Self-Belief is Essential
Simply put, our positive inner beliefs help us to achieve success, while the negative beliefs hold us back and limit our success. These negative, or self-limiting beliefs, get in the way of us achieving our goals, and if we don’t recognize and change them, they will interfere with our ability to reach our full potential and, over time, they become who we are.
Self-belief gives you the freedom to make mistakes and cope with obstacles by seeing them for what they are: temporary setbacks, not the end of the world. You have confidence that if you don’t have the information, skills, or knowledge that you need now, you do have the internal know how to figure out what you need to do to get it.
The good news is your level of self-belief isn’t set in stone. Anyone can learn to banish self-doubt, grow stronger, and become the hero of your own life story, but it requires purposeful action on your part:
- Identify and begin chipping away at any doubts you have about yourself.
- Overcome resistance to change – growth happens outside your comfort zone.
- Develop confidence in your abilities by taking decisive action.
- If you REALLY need to hear that perfect thing to motivate you, you need to tell it to yourself and BELIEVE it.
- Adaptability replaces resistance and fear with peace of mind and clarity.
- Embrace life – leave no room for regrets
Remember you were born into this world with no sense of what you could or couldn’t do. Then, bit by bit, life started to teach you to limit yourself. You have the power to strengthen your self-belief and begin living a bigger, bolder life anytime you choose.
Celebrate the day on which you choose to embrace the power you have to create your own life experience. It is an amazing journey – make the most of it!
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