You know that feeling that you get when someone gives you a compliment? Or how about that fluttery feeling when an attractive someone smiles at you and catches your eye? Those are all good feelings, aren’t they? Well, how about if you were able to feel those feelings all on your own and to be able to call them up at any time?
Have you ever noticed how we can be our own worst enemy? We talk ourselves out of things that are good for us. We talk ourselves into things that are not good for us. We don’t even get out of the gate with some projects because of the self-sabotaging talk we offer ourselves.
Moreover, we know darn well that if our best friends were to talk to themselves like that, we would never allow it. We would stop them dead in their tracks and point out all their wonderful attributes and then some.
Why is it then so many of us cannot or do not do this for ourselves?
If this is you, here are three techniques to start turning this around in your life:
Self Improvement Technique 1: Affirmations
I’m sure you’ve heard about affirmations. Perhaps you even thought they were a little silly. And sometimes, the way they are taught is silly! Here’s a way to look at affirmations that is a little more down to earth:
Try talking to yourself like you would an old familiar friend. When your friends are down and out, what is the first thing you do? You lift them up, that’s what. Try lifting yourself up when you feel down.
Start by telling yourself out loud — and, yes, in the mirror if you can — how much you have accomplished. (Remember that list you’ve been keeping this month?) By listing your accomplishments, you will see that they far outweigh your failures.
Self Improvement Technique 2: Make it a Visual Thing
One of the best things to do to tap into your greatness is to keep photos of accomplishments all around you. This can be actual awards you’ve received, pictures of yourself after accomplishing something, or even images you’ve found in magazines that evoke a positive feeling or attribute for you.
For example, let’s say you had a fear of flying and you took your first flight ever, and everything went just fine. Post a picture from that trip in your home office, or even in front of your work station. This will remind you that you have achieved greatness by overcoming a fear.
If you have children, of course, post pictures of them. After all, they are some of your greatest achievements. If you obtained a certification in something or made someone smile and they sent you a thank you note, post that up there too.
The more you post things that acknowledge your greatness, the more you will begin to feel it internally.
Self Improvement Technique 3: Tap into Your Faith
No matter what faith you are, tap into it. If you believe in a higher being, then don’t be afraid to be thankful for your gift of creation. If a higher being believed in you enough to create you, then you must be something pretty special. Daily prayer of gratitude for the blessing of your life can be a powerful force of good in your life. And, statistics indicate that couples who pray together, really are more likely to not only stay together, but feel more satisfied with their relationship!
So, there you have it: three great ways to tap into your greatness and believe in yourself.