Believe in yourself

I always start with a catchy title because that usually frames what I am going to write next.

It’s usually the little spark of insight that hits me that gets me to open up the laptop and start to write my thoughts down on the paper.

Believe in yourself.

Such an overused and trite phrase. It makes seemingly meaningless something that should be a normal way of operating.

Self doubt I guess is the opposite.

Anxiety, is the opposite.

The world being so juiced up on anxiety, that believing in yourself, a phrase so often used quoted and omnipotent in self help bibles that it has lost all of its impact.

It’s the pleasures of instagram. The indulgence of visual. The fact we willingly allow our brain to be short circuited by images of beauty and envy so carefully crafted to illicit that very response, yet they are passed off like they are the casual representation of a normal aspirant. You too could be like this person if only you did x, y and z.

Today I came home feeling dejected.

I felt useless.

I felt like my experience in this world counted for nothing and that I could no longer compete, didn’t have the brain power, the intelligence, the charisma to pull off something as difficult as running my own business.

But the night goes on. And I feel a little better about things. I have let those feelings subside, had something to eat and gone for a walk and allowed my brain to take a break.

You’re never going to be all things to all people.

You’re never going to be Tom Cruise, Leonardo DiCaprio or Keanu Reeves.

Those people are those people. You are you.

Find what you’re good at and what you don’t hate doing. Find something you are naturally drawn to and that makes you talk excitedly.

Even Leonardo DiCaprio has shitty days, doubts himself and probably thinks what the hell, there are so many new, younger, better actors coming along, I’m a terrible actor, utterly useless and my time has passed, I literally need to give up now, fall in line and let life pass me bye until I fall off the spaceship.

So if Leonardo DiCaprio can feel like that, then we all can. You’ve got to believe in yourself.

Believe that something will happen. Believe that you will win that client.

You are smart. You will be successful.

Follow that instinct. If it doesn’t work out, so what, do something else.

The great saying, a ship is safe in the harbour but that’s not what ships are built for.

Believe in yourself




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