“Self-belief? Yeah, right.”
For many girls growing up in America, the concept of self-belief doesn’t exist.
No one in their life supports or encourages them to be self-confident or have self-belief, the cornerstones to a woman’s self-worth.
Yet, to experience fulfilling relationships, extraordinary personal experiences, and careers that shatter the glass ceiling, confidence and self-belief are needed.
Powerful Words from Four Inspirational Women
If you are trying to figure out what it means to have confidence and self-belief, take to heart what Brené Brown, Ingrid Bergman, Beyoncé and Rhianna say.
1. Be Authentic — Brené Brown.
Research professor, storyteller, and author Brené Brown on being authentic:
But first, you have to become aware of what you hear yourself saying that devalues you. Things other people have told you that aren’t true (although conveyed in a manner that makes you think they are).
These are hurtful words that trick you into feeling things that serve no good purpose.
Once you notice . . . let them go and replace with positive words that help you be authentic and embrace who you really are.
2. Trust Your Intuition — Ingrid Bergman.
Swedish actress Ingrid Bergman on intuition:
I love Ingrid’s perspective on training your intuition. Don’t you?
We have been conditioned, from a young age, to subdue and quiet the small inner voice that is our most ardent ally.
A technique to quiet your pompous inner critic is to imagine that you’re the moderator between two opposing sides. As such, moderate by allowing each side to speak. And then choose the one that is supporting and empowering you — your powerful inner ally.
With daily practice, your inner ally’s voice will get stronger. Soon, it will seem natural to trust your intuition.
- Be Confident — Beyoncé.
American singer, songwriter, actress, and businesswoman Beyoncé on confidence:
Be confident. Right or wrong, good or bad.
You won’t always make the right decision. So what? Let it go!
Make the decision that feels right in your heart — the one your inner ally guided you to — and you’ll become an authentic woman who is confident and innately knows her power.
What’s Wrong with Not Believing in Yourself?
4. Release the Past. ~ Rhianna
Barbadian singer, songwriter, and actress Rihanna on moving on:
- You are the commander-in-chief of your life.
- You must learn to silence the inner critic.
Don’t shy away from doing the emotional work needed to turn the belief in what other’s say about you around to belief in yourself.
You’re so worth it!
Confidence and self-belief give you the power to live your life with purpose, to fully experience yourself as a woman.
- Be brave.
- Heal your past.
- Emerge through the fire victorious and vibrant.
I’ll be watching and applauding, and here if you need me.
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