A guest post by Mummy Mojo
Do you have a dream that is niggling away at you, unfulfilled? Are you looking to return to work after a career break to start a family but you’ve lost your confidence? Is there a promotion that you would love to get but don’t think you are good enough? Is there a dream job that feels beyond your grasp? Do you have a passion that you’d like to turn into a home-based business but never had the confidence to go for it? Negative thoughts and emotions could be holding you back from pursuing your dreams.
We are often our own worst enemy. Negative thoughts and the inner monologue talking yourself down is self-sabotage at its best. All too often we let fear into our lives, particularly when it comes to pursuing our dreams. We become paralysed, unable to move forward and pursue the life we truly want. We lack confidence and become consumed by fear of the risks, rejection, failure and disappointment. What Can We Do?
Acknowledge and Welcome the Negative Thoughts
Analyse the fear – is it based in reality? If you give in to the fear and don’t go for it will you regret it? What are the risks? Are they manageable? Do you have gaps in your skills that you can address? If you experience failure what is the worst that can happen? This is a powerful tool to analyse your situation for what it truly is, your actual reality. You will then be able to move forward based on fact rather than fear.
Thinking positively is not something you magically become good at overnight - it is a skill that requires consistent practice and time. If you tell yourself something often enough it will start to sink in. So flood your mind with positive thoughts. Say some of your favourite mantras to yourself in the mirror each day. Have post-it notes on your computer screen. Visualise yourself achieving what it is you want so that the motivation is strong.
Embrace Your Awesomeness
If your mind is telling you that you are never going to be able to get back on the career ladder, or you are not good enough for that promotion, or you don’t have what it takes to start your dream business, then it will never happen. Tell yourself you ARE good enough, you CAN do it. Make a list of all the skills you have. Write down your achievements at the end of each day and celebrate them, no matter how small.
Get Your Mojo Back
If you’ve lost your Mojo you need to get it flowing again pronto! A positive, “can do” attitude and mojo go hand in hand – it’s very hard to believe in yourself or ooze confidence when you are feeling run down, overwhelmed, sluggish and exhausted. A daily self-care routine that addresses both physical and mental health is an essential practice if you want to feel confident and in control. Do whatever it takes to give yourself some love. Detox and nourish your body with fresh, whole foods to aid restful sleep, give mental clarity, boost energy and get in shape. Move your body every day to feel happy, healthy and strong. Get lots of fresh air and sunshine. Meditate. Read a good book. Belly-laugh with loved ones. A daily self-care care routine will help you be the very best version of you with your mojo in full flow.
Trust Your Intuition
Listen to your heart - does it feel right? There will always be roadblocks but if you want something enough you’ll find a way to overcome them, so long as you are positive, motivated and confident. Be authentic, be guided by what lights you up inside, realise your potential and go for it!
Set Goals and Be Specific
Set them high but with realistic smaller goals. Acknowledge and celebrate each time you reach a goal to keep you motivated.
Take Consistent Action
The most sure-fire way to achieve something you want is to take small, consistent action towards that goal every day. If you are someone that is constantly “getting ready to get ready” you will never get anywhere. Stop the procrastinating. Keep your eye on the prize, keep focused, keep taking action and do something every day, no matter how small, to bring you nearer to your dream.
If you need some helping in understanding what type of career suits you, marketing yourself, or making a career transition to something that really makes your heart sing, seek professional help from a trusted professional. Knowing when to seek help is a skill in itself, and could be the final boost your confidence needs to fulfill your dreams.
Contribution by Mummy Mojo http://mummy-mojo.com.au
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