It’s not always easy to believe in yourself—especially when the odds are stacked against you. But believing in yourself, even when others don’t, is one of the most powerful forms of self-love there is.
Learning how to believe in yourself with unstoppable, unshakable faith is a skill. And the good news is, it’s a skill you can cultivate and develop.
Learn How To Believe In Yourself Against The Odds
When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? You know, back when the sky was the limit, and anything seemed possible?
Whether you wanted to be a veterinarian, an actor, or an astronaut, nothing was out of reach. The how didn’t matter so much as the why. As kids, we weren’t afraid to follow our hearts or our instincts.
But somewhere along the way, we lose some of that faith and inspiration. We learn that the world is big and frightening. We decide that we’re not quite as invincible as we once felt.
Somewhere in the process of growing up, we lose that unwavering faith in ourselves. We forget what it means to be unshakably confident. But it doesn’t have to be that way.
When the odds are at their worst, that’s when knowing how to believe in yourself is more important than ever. And knowing how to believe in yourself is a skill you can begin to develop today.
5 Ways To Believe In Yourself With Unshakable Faith
So, if you’d like to learn how to believe in yourself against the odds, here are five key strategies you can put into action.
1. Create a vision board
Visualization is a powerful tool, and creating a vision board is one of the most effective visualization exercises you can do.
Having a concrete vision is the first step you can take toward your success. Know what direction you’re going to get the ball rolling.
2. Fake it ‘til you make it
An oldie but a goodie. Fake it ‘til you make it is a solid approach when you’re first learning how to believe in yourself.
Even when you’re not sure and don’t feel entirely confident, fake it. Fake it ‘til you make it. The confidence will come. It takes time and practice.
3. Tell yourself it’s already done
The mind is a strange but fascinating tool and knowing how to use it to your advantage is the key to long-lasting success.
You see, the brain can’t always tell the difference between dreams and reality or fact and fiction. And that’s where mental rehearsal can become your best friend.
Mental rehearsal is a technique used by many top performers, including Olympic athletes. Review the outcome you want in your mind, envision it, feel it, and believe it. Play it back as many times as you need to until you genuinely believe it’s not only possible, but true.
4. Practice reckless optimism
The commitment to realism is what often discourages us from believing in ourselves. We tell ourselves, “Oh, that’s not for me. It’s just not realistic.”
What’s realistic for you is what you decide is realistic for you. Instead of letting realism tether your beliefs and passions, practice a little reckless optimism. You never know where it could take you.
5. Celebrate success in every form
It’s important to celebrate your successes, even the little ones. If getting out of bed and taking a shower is a success for you, celebrate it! Acknowledge it. Give yourself a nice pat on the back.
No matter how big or small your steps, if you’re working towards your goals, that is cause for celebration.
And when you start believing in yourself, you’ll be astounded by the support you receive from others.
As Marisa Peer, Author of Mindvalley’s Uncompromised Life Program says, “When you believe in you, everyone else believes in you, too.”
So, there you have it! Five ways to kick-start your self-confidence. What methods do you use to get motivated?
Tell us in the comments below.