“Every second that you spend on doubting your worth, every moment that you use to criticize yourself; is a second of your life wasted, is a moment of your life thrown away. It’s not like you have forever, so don’t waste any of your seconds, don’t throw even one of your moments away.” ~ C. JoyBell C.
Social media has a lot of benefits, but it has done a good job of exposing our ugly insecurities that we’ve always tried to conceal.
Think about it: if you’ve always suffered from body image issues, the first thing that will pop up on social media is another woman flaunting her perfectly sculpted body that makes you want to skip eating for a week and sign up for a gym membership.
If you are anxious to settle down and get married, it will seem like everyone is posting recent engagement videos that you can’t help but watching every second of.
And if you’re between jobs or stuck in a career that makes you cringe to get up on Monday mornings, you’ll be bombarded with photos of friends bragging about the job that they love and are financially stable in. All you can do is wish you had that job.
I’m not going to tell you to stop focusing on everything that is going on around you; telling you to stop doing this will cause you to focus on it even more. So here are 8 things you can do to conquer your self worth insecurities and feel better about yourself.
As soon as you open your eyes, grab your pen and paper and jot down three things you are grateful for. It’s important to do it as soon as you wake up before your mind starts drifting off, thinking about what you don’t have and how much you still need to do.
2. Positive Affirmations
Start lifting yourself up by repeating words of affirmations that confirm you are an amazing person. Check out these affirmations to get you started. Choose at least five daily affirmations that you can repeatedly say in the mirror. When you can look yourself in the eyes and repeat uplifting words, you start to believe and feel everything that you are saying.
3. Consume Powerful External Messages
Read books. Listen to podcasts. Watch Ted Talks. Do whatever it takes to energize your mind with positive thoughts. If you are seeking more books to add to your list, check out Think and Grow Rick by Napoleon Hill and Infinite Possibilities by Mike Dooley. These books will prepare your mind to attract everything that you want.
You need to increase your energy and feel better about you. When you are exercising, you don’t have time to compare yourself to others in a negative way because you are so focused on finishing your workout. Try these quick 30-day exercise challenges in order to build up your physical stamina.
5. Create a Vision Board
What do you want to receive or achieve? Cut out pictures that demonstrate your dream life and add them to a board. Pinterest has tons of vision board samples to get you started. Make sure your vision board is located in a place where you can look at it as soon as you wake up. This vision should be so powerful that you wake up before your alarm clock goes off every morning. And if you are guilty of hitting the snooze button every five minutes, your vision has to be really compelling.
6. Get an Accountability Partner
It’s easier to start a goal versus completing a goal. But don’t think you have to be superwoman and do it all on your own. Enlist an accountability partner; preferably someone who won’t take no for an answer when you are tired and feel like cheating on your goals. Having accountability is the fastest way to accelerate your progress.
7. Document Your Success
Every little thing you do counts. Don’t diminish the value of the work that you consistently do every day. If you got up 15 minutes earlier to meditate, document it. If you sent an email about that opportunity you’ve always wanted to go after, pat yourself on the back for taking the first step. If you finished that blog article that you’ve been trying to write for weeks, celebrate your success. When you reward yourself for the small things, you prepare your mind to accomplish even greater things. Plus, it feels good to see progress. It’s proof of what you can accomplish when you stay focused. And you are capable of much more than you think you are.
8. Lift Others Up
What you give to others comes back to you. If you want to feel better about yourself, make those around you feel like all-stars. Whether its posting words of motivation on social media, congratulating someone else on a recent award, or recommending someone else for a new opportunity, always find ways to help showcase the talent of others. The more positive you can see in others, the more you begin to see in yourself.
If you follow these confidence-boosting tips every day, you won’t have time to think about what everyone else is doing. You’ll be making so much progress in your life that everyone will be asking about the new glow on your face.
With all my love,
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