Have you ever heard the phrase, “you are your own worst enemy”? Perhaps it triggers an eye roll or a passive shrug of the shoulders. Although we may try to deny it, we all know that it's true. No matter how many scapegoats we may blame for our own lack of confidence, the only person standing in the way of you feeling your best is you. What’s the difference between looking in the mirror and pinpointing all of your self-acclaimed flaws and looking in the mirror and saying, “whoa, I look good”? It all starts with a mindset. By making just a few simple shifts in the ways in which you see yourself, you can discover the power of positivity in unlocking and boosting your own self-confidence.
Let’s start with affirmations. Right when you wake up in the morning, I challenge you to stare in the mirror and say one thing that you love about yourself. Although it may feel silly and uncomfortable at first, you truly are an amazing person and deserve to acknowledge all of the great things that others see in you. Studies have shown that consistent affirmations can shift your overall views of not only yourself, but of the world around you. In taking just a few minutes out of your day to speak words of kindness, strength, and positivity, you can evolve into the best and happiest version of yourself.
Another way to combat any negativity in your life is to partake in activities that genuinely make you feel uplifted and fulfilled. That can be cooking, spending time with friends, exercising, or treating yourself to a leisurely face mask treatment. Take the time to do things that you really enjoy. Nowadays, it can feel as if society has implemented guidelines on what people should do in order to feel good about themselves. However, there is no stagnant mold to happiness. What makes your neighbor happy may make you miserable, and vice versa. As challenging as it may be to stop making comparisons to those around you, you must dig deep within yourself in order to find the things that truly make you feel your best. Once you find your niche in those places, lean in. You will be better off for it.
When all is said and done, who doesn’t want to walk past a mirror, stare back at their reflection, and think, “Wow, I’m awesome.” Nobody! Each and every person reading this has the ability to do so. By taking just a few simple measures, you can unlock and experience the true powers of positivity.