While we all have dreams and aspirations, few of us are fully aware of our own potential. It can be hard to see the truly good and admirable traits in ourselves, just like it is our faults. However, believing in your own potential is a crucial part of developing your self-confidence.In order to achieve all, you’re capable of, you have to believe in the potential you have. It can help you to try new things, challenge yourself, and take risks that could all lead to success. Here are a few ways you can determine if you believe in your potential.Spend Time in Self-Reflection The first way to determine if you believe in your own potential is to spend time in self-reflection. Ask yourself what you are capable of; what are your strengths and admirable qualities. This time spent determining your potential is valuable to who you are as a person and achieving your full potential. During this time, try to focus on the following:● What is your potential?● What do you want to achieve?● Do you truly believe you can achieve it?● What can you do with this potential?Focusing on these things and answering these questions will help you to identify your potential and believe in it more strongly.
Write Down What You See As Your Full Potential Now that you’ve had time to reflect on what your potential is, you can list the qualities and skills that entails. This will help you affirm what your potential is and your belief in it. Study this list and keep it with you, being sure to look at it whenever you feel yourself doubting your potential. This will help you keep your potential in the forefront of your mind and helping you to truly believe in your potential.
Prove Your Potential to Yourself For some to truly believe in something, they need to see it. This even extends to what they believe about themselves. A great way to truly believe in your potential is to prove to yourself you have it. Act on it; challenge yourself by pushing the limits of your potential. This challenge can be career-, hobby-, or relationship-oriented, so long as it challenges you and forces you to showcase your full potential. Once you’ve achieved the goal you set for yourself and fully showcased your potential, you’ll not only have a well-earned sense of accomplishment and confidence, but you’ll also fully believe in your potential without doubts.
Surround Yourself with People that Believe in Your Potential We all like to think we don’t let others affect us, but the reality is that the people around us, especially those close to you, do have an effect on us and our emotions. If those close to you doubt your potential, you’re likely to do the same. You don’t need that negative influence in your life. Instead, surround yourself with people that believe in your potential and encourage you to achieve all you can. Their positive influence will provide you with encouragement and help you to see and believe in your potential. We all have a river of potential inside us, but few people truly recognize and believe in that potential. Believing in your own potential is an essential part of your confidence and success. If you believe you are capable of accomplishing something, you’re far more likely to actually accomplish it. However, believing in your own potential may not come as easily for you as it does for others. It’s often something we have to work on and prove to ourselves before we believe it. Hopefully this will have helped you to see and believe in your potential
If you have decided that now is a good time to stop the smoking habit, then you’ll be pleased to know that hundreds of thousands of people have already released themselves from the grip of nicotine and you can do it too.
You need to fulfill the commitment you have made with yourself and with those close to you. The first step is to alter your thinking and become and optimist. You must change your habits, meaning any of the habits that lead you to smoke.
You need to think of all the good reasons to quit, but only those that make sense to you, personally, and think how much better your life would be if you quit smoking, but use specific reasons. Write down the reasons you started smoking and the reasons you want to quit. Again, these must be your own reasons! Do not just use the reasons from anti-smoking ads you see on television or reasons others have used, they will not work unless they are reasons to which you are emotionally attached. This will give you strength.
If you properly condition yourself mentally then you can certainly realize the commitment you have made to yourself. People are generally scared of the withdrawal effects without giving thought to the long term benefits of quitting. They never think that the pleasure, comfort and enjoyment that they are getting from smoking is short term. These feelings exist at a subconscious level. Studies say that we experience 60,000 thoughts a day, and unfortunately when you are scared of quitting smoking a high percentage of those thoughts can be negative.
So, remember, write it down. Write down the reasons you want to quit smoking and use those reasons to start to motivate yourself. It’s not an easy task, but many have gone before you so you know it’s possible.
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It’s very easy for a lot of people to think that since they believe certain things, reality has to somehow some way keep in line with how they choose to perceive reality. I know this sounds crazy but it’s also true. You’d be surprised if you engage in any kind of political debate with people who use this kind of reasoning.
Politics aside, thinking this way really limits people’s options. If you are in any way, shape, or form are unhappy with your career, the amount of money you make, the size of the home you live in, the kind of car you drive, the relationships you have, the shape of your body, so on and so forth, a lot of this can be traced to your beliefs.
Believe it or not, everything that can be observed about you, I’m talking about your looks, your educational attainment, the way you speak, and everything else are reflections of your inner belief system. It’s very easy to think that we are born this way but we’re not. These are all chosen. At some level or other and at some point in time, we were presented a choice. Even though we tend to make the same choice over and over again, that doesn’t take away from the fact that we are still exercising choices.
If you find yourself feeling stuck in in a relationship, in your career, or in your body, for that matter, this is one of the most empowering things you could ever wrap your mind around is the idea that beliefs are chosen. Just as you can choose to put on one set of clothes over another set, you can choose your beliefs. They are not imposed on you.
Sure, your parents may have to put a lot of pressure on you to think the way they do but, at the end of the day, you choose your beliefs. The fact that you continue to live your life assuming that certain things are true and allowing yourself to be limited by this beliefs system, is a testimony that you have chosen those belief systems in the first place.
Please understand that reality doesn’t revolve around your beliefs. Beliefs are simply just your take on reality. There are other interpretations out there. There are other ways to mix and match the thousands of different neutral stimuli that you perceive every single day.
Don’t think for a second that just because you’ve believed certain things for a long time that this length of time somehow some way means that your beliefs are somehow written in stone. They’re not. You can easily change your belief.
Here is the good news. When you change your beliefs, you change your life. Whatever it is in your life that you are unhappy or anxious about, you can change by simply switching out your belief system.
This doesn’t means that the whole journey is going to be easy. Obviously, the longer you have believed certain things to be true, the harder it would be to change those belief systems. Still, regardless of the difficulty, it can be done. The question is, “Are you willing to do it?”
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We have all done it. You start the day with a commitment to eat healthy all day, and by 5:00, you are munching on stale doughnuts on the drive home or sneaking snacks after everyone else is in bed. But somehow you convince yourself that these choices are okay.
That you “deserve” this treat or will “get back on track tomorrow.” These self-sabotaging behaviors are common and the number one reason that most people struggle to lose weight permanently.
Knowing you are sabotaging yourself is the first step to stopping this unhealthy behavior. Once you can recognize the habits and patterns of self-sabotage, then you can work toward reversing these, which will enable you to be more successful at changing your health and reducing your weight. Here are the most common ways you are sabotaging your weight loss efforts.
- “I earned this treat.” If your goal is to lose weight and be healthier, then everything you do should be focused on that effort. When you reward your positive changes and hard work at eating healthy foods and exercising more by indulging in unhealthy options, then you are sabotaging your progress. Eating well all day does nothing if you blow eat with a “treat” every night. You can’t be healthy five days a week and unhealthy two days a week and expect to see real change.
- Using exercise to “make up” for bad food choices. If you eat unhealthy food, then use exercise to “punish” yourself for this behavior, you are reinforcing several unhealthy ways of thinking about diet and exercise. Exercise is not something you should do to work off calories or burn off cheat meals. And just because you worked out does not mean you can eat more if you are trying to lose weight.
- Blowing “treats” way out of proportion. It used to be that people at sugary treats very rarely. Like once a month. Same with fast food. Same with eating out. Now, we have someone convinced ourselves that these are things you should have much more often. A treat is just that. Something special, meant to signify a real reward, not making it until bedtime without blowing your diet. They should be things you enjoy in very small quantities at very special times.
- Using fake food to make up for your lack of nutrition and calling it healthy. If you eat crappy food all day long, it does not matter how many supplements you take each day. You are not going to be healthy. The majority of the vitamins and minerals you need for optimal health should come from the nutrient-dense food you eat, not from supplements. You can use supplements to fill in minor gaps in your nutritional needs, but focus first on the right food, and you will not need to rely on these so much.
- “I skipped breakfast, so I’ll eat more for lunch.” Unless you are a dedicated follower of intermittent fasting and understand how to break a fast effectively, more people who skip meals are much more likely to overeat later in the day, thus negating the “saved” calories from the missed meal. Eating small, well-balanced meals regularly is more likely to keep you on track and help you feel sated and quell food cravings than skipping meals.
- Not understanding your limits. For some people, you can take a bite or two of an indulgent treat, feel satisfied, and be able to put the fork down and be done. Others will have three bites of that treat, which will trigger a midnight raid on the “emergency” ice cream in the freezer. Knowing your triggers and honoring your limits is key to staying on track.
Whether it is one of these or one of hundreds of other ways that you rationalize your poor nutritional or exercise choices to yourself, it is crucial that you recognize these, own up to them, and find new, healthier ways to stop engaging in these types of actions, if you genuinely want to be successful at losing weight.