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A Strong, Positive Self-Image Is The Best Possible Preparation For Success

A Strong, Positive Self-Image Is The Best Possible Preparation For Success

How do you see yourself?

One of the key determining factors in your chance for success, happiness and how others see you is your self-image. With a positive self-image, you will be ready to face all of life’s challenges. Even when things get tough, you know that you always keep your own best interests at heart and can rely on yourself as a source of love, guidance, and encouragement. Not only does a positive self-image benefit the individual, but because positivity is contagious it also benefits everyone around them.

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When you have a strong and positive self-image…

You have the courage to stand by your own decisions

When you believe in yourself and have faith in your own ability to make good choices, you will find it easy to stand up for what you think is right. Whether it’s making a decision at work, at home or in your relationships, when your self-image is strong you will feel more secure and optimistic in your life choices. This will give you the confidence to work harder, to chase your ambitions, and make your dreams come true. When you have a positive self-image that reflects your authentic self, you are more likely to live in accordance with your values and goals, which is a great foundation for future contentment and life satisfaction.

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You won’t think failure is scary

If you can see yourself as someone worthy and in possession of multiple talents and skills, failure won’t feel scary. Those who view themselves positively know that they have the strength to bounce back from failure, learn from their mistakes, and keep moving forwards towards a better life. In fact, those who maintain a positive self-image actively embrace the occasional failure, as they know that it isn’t the end of the world and can leave you feeling stronger and wiser than ever before.

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You won’t be undermined or manipulated by toxic persons

Self-image is a powerful shield against toxic, manipulative people. When you truly accept yourself for who you are and start standing up for your right to be treated with respect, you will be less vulnerable to people who prey on the weaknesses of others. Even criticism and bullying doesn’t affect people who love and honor themselves. They realize that the attitudes and actions of others are better understood as reflecting the personality of the bully rather than the victim. They remind themselves that they do not have to put up with bad treatment, and remove themselves from the situation as quickly as possible. They are brave enough to believe that they deserve better.

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You feel complete and won’t look for validation

People who are secure in their identities and trust in their innate worth do not need to be with others to feel complete or worthy. They see healthy relationships as an added bonus and a source of joy in life, but they are perfectly content to be single or to pass some time in their own company. With self-confidence and self-love comes resilience. This impacts positively upon every area of your life. When your self-image is positive, you have the confidence to be single rather than in a mediocre relationship, or to embark on a freelance career rather than settle for a life in the office.

Positive self-image is a vital component to success

Without it, you cannot hope to see a project through to the end or delay gratification in the name of reaching a long-term goal. People who see themselves in a positive light know who they are and what they want from life. As a result, they are focused on their goals and are willing to exert self-control when necessary. This ultimately creates conditions for success, which sets up a virtuous cycle. Confidence breeds confidence, and success breeds success.

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Last Updated on August 16, 2018

10 Ways To Step Out Of Your Comfort Zone And Enjoy Taking Risks

10 Ways To Step Out Of Your Comfort Zone And Enjoy Taking Risks

The ability to take risks by stepping outside your comfort zone is the primary way by which we grow. But we are often afraid to take that first step.

In truth, comfort zones are not really about comfort, they are about fear. Break the chains of fear to get outside. Once you do, you will learn to enjoy the process of taking risks and growing in the process.

Here are 10 ways to help you step out of your comfort zone and get closer to success:

1. Become aware of what’s outside of your comfort zone

What are the things that you believe are worth doing but are afraid of doing yourself because of the potential for disappointment or failure?

Draw a circle and write those things down outside the circle. This process will not only allow you to clearly identify your discomforts, but your comforts. Write identified comforts inside the circle.

2. Become clear about what you are aiming to overcome

Take the list of discomforts and go deeper. Remember, the primary emotion you are trying to overcome is fear.

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How does this fear apply uniquely to each situation? Be very specific.

Are you afraid of walking up to people and introducing yourself in social situations? Why? Is it because you are insecure about the sound of your voice? Are you insecure about your looks?

Or, are you afraid of being ignored?

3. Get comfortable with discomfort

One way to get outside of your comfort zone is to literally expand it. Make it a goal to avoid running away from discomfort.

Let’s stay with the theme of meeting people in social settings. If you start feeling a little panicked when talking to someone you’ve just met, try to stay with it a little longer than you normally would before retreating to comfort. If you stay long enough and practice often enough, it will start to become less uncomfortable.

4. See failure as a teacher

Many of us are so afraid of failure that we would rather do nothing than take a shot at our dreams.

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Begin to treat failure as a teacher. What did you learn from the experience? How can you take that lesson to your next adventure to increase your chance of success?

Many highly successful people failed plenty of times before they succeeded. Here’re some examples:

10 Famous Failures to Success Stories That Will Inspire You to Carry On

5. Take baby steps

Don’t try to jump outside your comfort zone, you will likely become overwhelmed and jump right back in.

Take small steps toward the fear you are trying to overcome. If you want to do public speaking, start by taking every opportunity to speak to small groups of people. You can even practice with family and friends.

Take a look at this article on how you can start taking baby steps:

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The Number One Secret to Life Success: Baby Steps

6. Hang out with risk takers

There is no substitute for this step. If you want to become better at something, you must start hanging out with the people who are doing what you want to do and start emulating them. (Here’re 8 Reasons Why Risk Takers Are More Likely To Be Successful).

Almost inevitably, their influence will start have an effect on your behavior.

7. Be honest with yourself when you are trying to make excuses

Don’t say “Oh, I just don’t have the time for this right now.” Instead, be honest and say “I am afraid to do this.”

Don’t make excuses, just be honest. You will be in a better place to confront what is truly bothering you and increase your chance of moving forward.

8. Identify how stepping out will benefit you

What will the ability to engage in public speaking do for your personal and professional growth? Keep these potential benefits in mind as motivations to push through fear.

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9. Don’t take yourself too seriously

Learn to laugh at yourself when you make mistakes. Risk taking will inevitably involve failure and setbacks that will sometimes make you look foolish to others. Be happy to roll with the punches when others poke fun.

If you aren’t convinced yet, check out these 6 Reasons Not to Take Life So Seriously.

10. Focus on the fun

Enjoy the process of stepping outside your safe boundaries. Enjoy the fun of discovering things about yourself that you may not have been aware of previously.

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