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“Don’t let the noise of other people’s opinions drown out your own inner voice.” – Steve Jobs –
Have you ever had something you were really passionate about, but then someone said something that made you question whether you would actually be able to do it? People really can say things that chip away at your confidence and even cause you to give up on something you really want.
I know I have met my fair share of skeptics and heard it all –
Are you sure you want to do that?
What if it doesn’t work?
I know so many people who have tried that and never succeeded.
The crazy thing is that skeptics can come at you from every direction. It can be a stranger or someone you don’t really know that decides to offer you their opinion; or even people close to you that should believe in you, but they say things that show they doubt your ability to succeed.
The majority of these people aren’t really trying to be malicious and shatter your confidence. In their minds, they are helping you be “realistic” and saving you from disappointment.
However, there is one problem — and it’s a big one. Their version of “realistic” is just that. It’s their version. It’s their reality — not yours.
It’s All About What You Think Is Possible
What really matters is your version of “realistic” and what you believe is possible. One of the most important lessons I learned was that we can’t let other people who are jaded by their own fears and doubts cause us to question what is really possible for us. We never want to let other people confine our thinking and cause us to think too small.
You’ve got to always rely on your own personal belief and let it be the driving force behind what you determine is possible. Yes, it’s great when you have other people’s support, but that isn’t necessarily always going to be the case. Life is not about about you living someone else’s reality, but rather about you asking yourself questions, taking the time to figure out what feels right, and following your own truth. Don’t let anyone get in the way of that.
The Possibility of Today:
1. Realize it’s not about proving them wrong. No need to convince anyone else what is possible. The only thing you need to focus on is proving to yourself that you are right. Just focus on what you need to do to accomplish what you want.
2. No need to resent the skeptics. Remind yourself that in their own unique way they are trying to help you. You don’t want to ever allow yourself to be weighed down by anger or resentment. It will just get in the way of accomplishing what you want.
3. Continually strengthen and build up your confidence. It’s okay if you have some doubts that creep up from time to time. The key is to do things daily to strengthen your confidence and overshadow the doubts (mindset pushups). Flood your mind with encouragement. Read things that inspire you. Remind yourself of all the things you have successfully accomplished in the past (the little things definitely count) and realize that this time will be no different.
Live Today Better than Yesterday.
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