Allow Yourself to be Confident

Allow yourself to be confident. There’s a bold statement. Do you have it in you? This a challenge that should be accepted and overcome. All that it takes is faith, guts, and hard work.

This phrase popped into my head one evening at my guitar lesson. I had been struggling with a new strum pattern for a couple of weeks. My teacher was concerned because I had been playing it well and with confidence the week before. Now I was playing like I had no confidence. That is when I realized that I need to allow myself to confident.

This means listening to the little voice we all have in our head that tells us “you got this”. This voice give us permission to take a chance. To believe! To take the leap of faith! We never know what the results of taking these risk are; but they may surprise you. This may be the nudge that is needed to move forward.

I’m not going to kid you, confidence comes from hard work and practice. The more you put in the more you will get out. It also comes from trying and failing. Failing isn’t always bad. It will tell you what needs work. Take these mistake and use them as a positive. Use them to lay the ground work for building your confidence.

Listen to that little voice that say you can. Have faith in your abilities. Think how great it will feel to achieve your goal, reach your dream! There will be struggles and hard times, but is well worth it.

A big part of allowing yourself to be confident is not listening to “that” other voice we have in our head. The one that tells us we can’t or we aren’t good enough. This is the one you need to block no matter how tough it might be. It will be easier said that done, believe me.

Replace the negative voice with thoughts of encouragement as well as having a “can do” attitude. Don’t be afraid of failing. These will lead you down a path where confidence will bloom.

Will it be easy – no! It is a step-by-step process. You may even find some of those steps taking you backwards; that’s okay. Pick yourself up, dust off, and keep moving forward.

Working hard, keeping the faith, and have some guts your confidence will soar. Understanding that there will be setbacks, an embarrassment or two along the way is natural. Keep listening to the positive little voice. Most importantly: allow yourself to be confident!

Be Cool, Be Nice

It has finally cooled off a bit here in the Midwest. We have dealt with high temperatures and humidity for the last week or so. Everyone has seemed cranky and irritable from the heat. So I had a thought. What if everyone did one nice thing for someone today to celebrate the relief we are getting from the heat.

It doesn’t have to be anything fancy or extravagant. Something simple to make the day a little brighter. A smile, a wave, a thank you is all it would take.

Be cool, Be nice!