You may be sabotaging your success without even realizing it.
Your mind is extremely powerful and is capable of creating outcomes in alignment with your thoughts and mindset. If you fail to believe in your own abilities, your mind will create the situation to prove you right, that you are incapable. You can use the power of your mind to work for you, or you can allow it to work against you. Learning to think positively, to visualize the outcomes you desire and to believe in yourself will allow you greater control over your own life and more success in your endeavours. There is a fantastic saying, “Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right”. You choose to fail or you choose to succeed. By believing in yourself you create the atmosphere for success. Doubting yourself, will cause you to, consciously or not, sabotage your own efforts and ultimately your success. For instance, if you are trying to lose weight, but you just can’t see yourself as the “type of person who works out and eats healthy” then you aren’t going to be that person and you aren’t going to achieve your dream body. In fact, you will probably find yourself skipping workouts and “cheating” on your meal plan. It’s not necessarily a lack of motivation or will power, it is a lack in self- confidence. You create habits ensuring a congruent self-image and reality. In other words, if you see yourself as a successful person, your mind will create opportunities for you to be successful. If you do NOT see yourself as being a successful person, your mind will work to ensure you are not successful so that there is no discrepancy between how you see yourself as and who you are. For this reason, people who believe in themselves are more likely to have a successful outcome than those who do not.
Believe it to achieve it. You must believe in your own abilities, your own success in order for you to actualize your goals. Believe in yourself until no other reality, but the one in which you have accomplished your goals, is possible. Believe in your own success until it is your reality and all you have to do is show others it is so. When you believe in yourself with this conviction, you will find the process of attaining success, the commitment required, to be easier to muster. When you are working towards a maybe, it can be easy to slack off and question if all the hard work is going to be worth it. When you truly believe in your ability to succeed, you know all the hard work and sacrifice will be worth it, thus making it easier to commit to. Competitors, entrepreneurs, creatives, any successful person got their by hard work and dedication. They worked harder than anyone else and they could do so because their belief in themselves was immense.
If you find yourself struggling to reach your goal, perhaps you should spend some time reflecting on how you see yourself. Visualize yourself succeeding; make the picture as clear as possible. Ask yourself if you are subconsciously sabotaging yourself and how (are you procrastinating on projects, or cheating on your meal plan for instance). Why are you setting yourself up for failure? Do you fear failing and therefore are not allowing yourself to truly succeed? Do you not see yourself as successful and if not, why? Are you afraid of success? For each goal, there are a multitude of potential fears that could be holding you back. Get to the heart of the manner, then direct your attention to solutions. Sometimes just recognizing why is enough to help you move toward success. More often, you will need to put in the effort to train your mindset. Work to turn negative thoughts to positive. Spend time visualizing daily. Use positive affirmations. At the end of the day, you need to find a tactic that allows you to believe in yourself if you want to succeed.