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Conquer Your Self Doubt with Two Simple Words

Conquer Your Self Doubt with Two Simple Words

Have you ever sat down and thought about why you haven’t accomplished what you want to in your life yet?

What’s holding you back from doing the things you really want to do, from achieving those life goals you set for yourself?

Do you have people around you telling you that you can’t do things? Are you telling yourself that you can’t do things? Are you forgetting to dream?

In order to be successful, you have to develop a mindset that you can do absolutely anything that you desire.

You’ve probably heard the saying “you can accomplish anything if you put your mind to it.” To me, this is an absolute reality for anyone. Your mind is an extremely powerful tool that you can use to catapult your way to success.

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Napolean Hill’s entire book, “Think and Grow Rich,” was based upon the idea that the most successful people in the world, people like Andrew Carnegie, Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, and many other great minds of the world, achieved their level of success because they believed so highly in themselves. They shaped and molded their minds to enhance that belief in themselves, and that success just became a part of who they were.

These two simple words were part of their every day life, as well as every successful person that has ever lived.

What were they?

“Why not?”

On the surface, it doesn’t seem like two little words can influence an entire lifetime of success… but they can. And here’s how.

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Self Belief is King

Think about the last time you really wanted to do something awesome, but for whatever reason, you came up short of your goal.

Why did this happen?

I can almost guarantee that your belief in yourself got in the way somewhere down the line. Whether this was due to an outside source influencing you, or whether it came from your own self doubts, it doesn’t matter.

All possibility of achievement comes down to you. You have to approach any kind of achievement with 100% self belief. Don’t let anyone, including yourself, change that belief.

Now think about the last time you accomplished a goal. You probably started off with a very positive mindset. You never had any doubt in yourself that you could do it. When you thought about what achieving that goal would entail, your mind naturally said – “Sure…why not?”

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That’s when saying “Why not?” can be so utterly powerful.

What you’re really saying to yourself is, “Why not? There’s no good reason I can’t do that.”

Your Self Assessment Gut Check

But this can also serve as a self-assessment gut check. If you find yourself starting to answer this gut check with excuses, then that means you don’t truly believe in yourself, and you must conquer those doubts before you can move on. Otherwise you’ll almost certainly come up short.

Don’t let those excuses get in the way of your goals.

When you feel doubt, “Why not” can serve as a reminder that there is nothing you can’t overcome to achieve your goal.

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  • Write a best-selling book? – Why not?
  • Run a marathon? – Why not?
  • Learn a foreign language – Why not?
  • Make a million dollars – Why not?

Sure, you’re not going to be able to achieve every goal you have tomorrow, but if you truly believe in yourself, “Why Not” will help you uncover any doubts you have so you can move past them, and it will also help you reassure yourself that if you put forth the effort, there is absolutely no good reason you can’t accomplish your goals.

Achievement is up to you. You are in control of your life and your success.

Want to live the life of your dreams? Awesome!

In fact, I say…why not?

Featured photo credit: Q & A via Shutterstock

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Last Updated on December 2, 2018

7 Public Speaking Techniques To Help Connect With Your Audience

7 Public Speaking Techniques To Help Connect With Your Audience

When giving a presentation or speech, you have to engage your audience effectively in order to truly get your point across. Unlike a written editorial or newsletter, your speech is fleeting; once you’ve said everything you set out to say, you don’t get a second chance to have your voice heard in that specific arena.

You need to make sure your audience hangs on to every word you say, from your introduction to your wrap-up. You can do so by:

1. Connecting them with each other

Picture your typical rock concert. What’s the first thing the singer says to the crowd after jumping out on stage? “Hello (insert city name here)!” Just acknowledging that he’s coherent enough to know where he is is enough for the audience to go wild and get into the show.

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It makes each individual feel as if they’re a part of something bigger. The same goes for any public speaking event. When an audience hears, “You’re all here because you care deeply about wildlife preservation,” it gives them a sense that they’re not just there to listen, but they’re there to connect with the like-minded people all around them.

2. Connect with their emotions

Speakers always try to get their audience emotionally involved in whatever topic they’re discussing. There are a variety of ways in which to do this, such as using statistics, stories, pictures or videos that really show the importance of the topic at hand.

For example, showing pictures of the aftermath of an accident related to drunk driving will certainly send a specific message to an audience of teenagers and young adults. While doing so might be emotionally nerve-racking to the crowd, it may be necessary to get your point across and engage them fully.

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3. Keep going back to the beginning

Revisit your theme throughout your presentation. Although you should give your audience the credit they deserve and know that they can follow along, linking back to your initial thesis can act as a subconscious reminder of why what you’re currently telling them is important.

On the other hand, if you simply mention your theme or the point of your speech at the beginning and never mention it again, it gives your audience the impression that it’s not really that important.

4. Link to your audience’s motivation

After you’ve acknowledged your audience’s common interests in being present, discuss their motivation for being there. Be specific. Using the previous example, if your audience clearly cares about wildlife preservation, discuss what can be done to help save endangered species’ from extinction.

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Don’t just give them cold, hard facts; use the facts to make a point that they can use to better themselves or the world in some way.

5. Entertain them

While not all speeches or presentations are meant to be entertaining in a comedic way, audiences will become thoroughly engaged in anecdotes that relate to the overall theme of the speech. We discussed appealing to emotions, and that’s exactly what a speaker sets out to do when he tells a story from his past or that of a well-known historical figure.

Speakers usually tell more than one story in order to show that the first one they told isn’t simply an anomaly, and that whatever outcome they’re attempting to prove will consistently reoccur, given certain circumstances.

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6. Appeal to loyalty

Just like the musician mentioning the town he’s playing in will get the audience ready to rock, speakers need to appeal to their audience’s loyalty to their country, company, product or cause. Show them how important it is that they’re present and listening to your speech by making your words hit home to each individual.

In doing so, the members of your audience will feel as if you’re speaking directly to them while you’re addressing the entire crowd.

7. Tell them the benefits of the presentation

Early on in your presentation, you should tell your audience exactly what they’ll learn, and exactly how they’ll learn it. Don’t expect them to listen if they don’t have clear-cut information to listen for. On the other hand, if they know what to listen for, they’ll be more apt to stay engaged throughout your entire presentation so they don’t miss anything.

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