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Tag: Confidence

The Only Anti-Abandonment Strategy You’ll Ever Need

Never Abandon Yourself

Do you fear abandonment?  You may not be quivering in trepidation every single moment of the day.  But when triggered, does an avalanche of insecurity, distrust, and worry descend from the hidden corridors of your mind?

The fear of abandonment comes into play often enough in my life.  Here are two examples.

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21 Mantras to Boost Your Self-Confidence

Mantras to Boost Self-Confidence

Because one believes in oneself, one doesn’t try to convince others. Because one is content with oneself, one doesn’t need others’ approval. Because one accepts oneself, the whole world accepts him or her.  – Lao Tzu

Think of a tiny seed that pushes itself gently through the earth until one day it shoots through, opening to the sunlight.  It knows its mission and moves steadily ahead, without doubt or self-consciousness.  When the right moment arrives, it blooms fantastically, willing to be seen in all its glory

Confidence doesn’t have to be bold, brash, or belligerent.  It can be quiet, gentle, and steady, like the seed that grows day-by-day into its fullness, when fed with the proper nutrients and the right environmental conditions.

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11 Awesome Steps to Become Fearless and Powerful

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Note:  This is a guest post from the unstoppable Tess Marshall from The Bold Life.

When we’re paralyzed by fear, we’re unable to do what needs to be done. We hesitate and procrastinate. We drag our feet and waste our time.

Without action, fear quickly spirals out of control.

We fear beginning relationships and we fear ending them. We fear quitting jobs and we fear starting new ones. We fear gaining weight and we fear losing it. We fear staying stuck and we fear moving forward.

If we’re not careful, we can quickly fall into living a life of dread, in which we fear everything and anything.

It’s all in our minds: the fear and the reasons why we don’t move forward. It’s in our thoughts, our beliefs and the stories we tell ourselves.

The best thing about this is that we not only have the power, but endless opportunities to change everything.

Unless we change things, we feel anxious and on-edge. Our hearts ache and our souls cry because we live lives without purpose and meaning. We delay our sense of calm and happiness, as a life without regrets slips away from us.

It’s time.

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How I Overcame Self-Doubt and Declared Myself a Writer

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Editor’s Note:  This is a guest post by Beverly Army Williams.  It’s part of my monthly series Stories of Transformation.

A piece of art, a collaboration between visual artist Linda Jean Fisher and me, is held in the Pfizer Corporation’s collection. In the late 1990s, I handed a stack of poems to Linda Jean. She created graphite drawings and used the erase function of an electric typewriter to type my poems. This  lifted the graphite from the drawings, and the words stood out from the drawings in white. Her purpose was two-fold: she wanted to acquaint herself with my work, and she wanted to encourage me to call myself a writer.

I was a writer, but I was wary of claiming that title.

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How a Good Girl Became Not Such a Good Girl and Discovered Her True Self

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Editor’s Note:  This is a guest post by Sharon Harding.  It’s part of my monthly series Stories of Transformation.

“Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

Good Girl

I was always a good girl. I was the angel, the good child in the family, the one who was never any trouble. My report cards were full of words like co-operative, helpful, pleasant, and quiet.

Yes I was a good girl.

I believed that I was responsible for the happiness of everyone around me, so I did whatever it took to keep things running smoothly. I was the ultimate people pleaser and could become whatever others needed me to be.

  • I would like the music others liked.
  • Watch the shows others watched.
  • Believe what others told me to believe.

And above all things I was a GOOD GIRL.

But deep down inside there was another girl.

  • A rabble-rouser
  • Playful
  • Mischievous
  • Creative
  • With a really wicked sense of humour

But this free spirit was held captive by fear. I was terrified of upsetting other people, and afraid of showing the real me, so I held her down in chains. The trouble is that when you live a lie the truth eventually finds a way to come out. When you live in fear it makes you sick. Eventually that trapped person deep down inside becomes very angry and bursts out of captivity. And that is what happened to me.

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You Are Worthy! It’s a Fact!

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The idea of unworthiness was planted like a seed in the garden of your mind many moons ago.  It grew and it grew and it grew.  But it’s really just a tenacious weed that can be pulled and demolished making more space for love, joy, and compassion to bloom.

You are worthy.

Say this to yourself, again and again.

In fact, there’s no one more worthy than you in this entire world because we are all equally worthy.

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