The significance of Self-Belief
Why is self-belief so important? Well, I believe that our self-confidence, self-esteem, self-worth and our self-belief all work together to help shape our lives. I think it’s very difficult to have high self-esteem, self-confidence, self-worth and a low sense of self-belief. I don’t think any of these terms can be in the negative and the other be in the positive. It’s like an incline graph. As self-esteem grows, so do the others. As self-confidence grows, so do the others. The same is true for self-belief. We can’t have a low sense of self-esteem or confidence and a high sense of belief in ourselves. So to positively shape our lives, it is absolutely imperative that we understand this. We must act as if we have so much belief in ourselves, that we could not fail. Of course this doesn’t guarantee success, but I don’t know of many people that have had major successes in life that did not believe they could achieve what they wanted.
5 Steps to Identify and Increase Your Self-Belief
1. Rate your usual level of self-belief from 1 to 10, with 10 being the strongest.
2. What one thing, more than any other, adds to your belief in yourself?
3. What one thing, more than any other, takes away from your belief in yourself?
4. How important do you think your level of self-belief is to your overall success and well-being? Why?
5. Name two or three things you could do more of to increase your belief in yourself.
Are there times in your life when you had to do something significant and your level of self-belief was at a 10? What results did you get? How did that feel? In contrast, keeping with the same idea, your level of self-belief was say 5 or less, even zero. What results did you get? How did that feel? I think it makes sense that when we are in a state of higher self-belief, we give ourselves a better chance to get a result.
The level of self-belief we have will most certainly play a part in the achievement of our personal endeavors. It may be difficult for us to have a higher level of self-belief at times. To help with that, practice the concept of self-belief by writing down any situation where you felt that your self-belief was low, and any situation where your self-belief felt especially high. Examine them and honestly try to understand where your belief stemmed from. Can that belief be different and what can you do to improve that for the future? (DJS)