When you’re working toward a goal whether it be weight loss, career, business or whatever, there may come a time when you face some resistance. Things may get really tough and you may find yourself questioning why you ever set out to accomplish the goal in the first place. Family and friends may say things like, “Don’t waste your time” or “It’s never gonna happen.” From the outside looking in it may seem like other people set goals and achieve them with no problems. So you may ask yourself, “what’s wrong with me?” These are all things that can really lower your self-confidence and put you in a slump.
Here are 4 tips to boost your confidence and help you stay on track:
1. Stop Comparing. Of course it’s great to have aspirations toward self-improvement, but constantly comparing yourself to others who are further along can get discouraging. For instance, if you are just starting on your fitness journey, you might be inspired by someone who has great muscle definition and a flat tummy. But they have been on their journey for two years, whereas you are just starting. Being inspired by them is fine, but beating yourself up because your body doesn’t look like theirs will only discourage you. Don’t compare your beginning to someone else’s middle.
2. Tell your inner critic to “shut-up”. Sometimes when things get challenging we fall victim to listening to the negative inner voice in our head that tells us “we are no good and to just throw in the towel”. When that happens you have to tell that voice where to go, remind yourself of why you want to reach your goal, and keep pressing on.
3. Surround yourself with people who see your value and will lift you higher. Some family and friends may not understand your journey but that’s ok, it’s your journey not theirs. Being around like-minded people who are on the same journey or have similar goals is a great way to stay on track and give you encouragement.
4. Feed your mind. Commit to reading 10 pages a day of something related to personal development. There is a saying that says, “The mind is everything. What you think you become.” When you saturate your mind with positive thoughts you can’t help but have a boost in confidence.
What’s your biggest goal right now? I’d love to know. Share your comment below.
Tasha Nelson is a busy mom, wife and registered nurse on a personal journey to get fit and live healthier while encouraging other women to do the same. She is also a total wellness advocate and enthusiast who firmly believes in the importance of taking care of yourself. A healthy mind, body, and spirit makes for a happy person. Isn’t that what we all want?