While perusing the net for some inspirational quotes to share on my social media pages I found this list of 12 points about building self-confidence by Allan Loy McGinnis. I’d like to share these motivational points with you. I’ve added my own thoughts on each point underneath each one. Tips like these offer easy, yet powerful ways to change your outlook and stay on track during your walk in life.
Inspired by Allan Loy McGinnis
Focus on your potential instead of your limitations:
I am not the strongest writer, but every day I push myself to deepen my creativity and learn from my wonderful editors. Keep practicing your craft, whether it’s photography, writing, or something else. Perseverance brings potential to the surface.
Determine to know the truth about yourself:
Strive for self-awareness. Hone in on your strengths and fine-tune them. Work daily on turning your weaknesses into strengths.
Distinguish between who you are and what you do:
We all have different gifts and talents. Discover your gifts, find your own voice, and allow your individuality to shine. Your shine paves the path to the true you – readily distinguishable from what you do.
Find something you like to do and do well, then do it over and over:
Oddly enough, even though writing doesn’t come naturally for me, the feedback and comments readers give me about the stories and topics shared in my posts really inspire me to keep going. I thank my readers for the encouragement. I’ve blogged regularly for over a year now and have come to appreciate that it’s the underlying theme and story behind my writing that really counts.
I love having photography as a hobby. I’m able to express “myself” through the images I capture. When accompanied by fitting quotes and poetry, my true voice emerges.
Search for that activity that enriches your soul and that makes you feel alive when you do it.
Replace self-criticism with regular, positive self-talk:
Words carry great power. I try to use inspirational, encouraging and positive words in my world to create the life I would like for continual growth. Choose words that uplift, speak to life, and dance across your page when you write or communicate in other ways.
Replace fear of failure with clear pictures of yourself functioning successfully and happily:
With each failure, we become stronger. With each disappointment, we know not to go down that path again. Know that another path waits for us to follow it – a path that leads to fulfillment and joy. I visualize my end goal as I move toward it. But if it doesn’t work out, after attempting to cross the threshold from every angle, I take the lesson and move forward.
Dare to be a little eccentric:
Believe it or not, I am a bit on the shy side and not so adventurous. But I regularly push myself to walk outside my self-imposed restraints. Each time I do, the experience renews a truth that I already know: life is simply more fun this way. Just do it!
Recently, I came across a tweet that I would like to share: Be something new, something bold, something different and something glorious. — @desireeadaway
Make the best possible peace with your parents:
I haven’t spent Mother’s Day the past few years with my mother, but I am so happy to say I had a wonderful Mother’s Day weekend with her this past year. Prior to the past year’s Mother’s Day reunion, I found that I needed to distance myself from her, so she could come to understand my point of view. Even though it caused us both pain, I’m happy to report, we’re moving forward. Growth comes through pain.
Determine to integrate the body and spirit:
Years ago, I read several popular books about healthy living and fitness. One of them offered the best piece of advice I’ve ever read. The author implored readers to take the time to get outdoors and simply walk with nature, enjoying the quiet and escape from the pressures of daily life.
I took that advice to heart and take daily walks to enjoy the fresh outdoors. My daily walk with nature refreshes me and energizes my spirit, so I’d have to choose this therapeutic morning ritual as my favorite part of the day. I incorporate meditation into my quiet time, outdoors to hone my intuition and think positively. Afterward, I’m energized and ready to engage in more intense exercise like working with free weights and other weight-bearing fitness activities. A happy mind and happy heart equals a happy soul and body.
Determine to live above neurotic guilt:
This one challenges me. I use positive affirmations to help me pivot negative thought patterns around, putting a positive spin on them. Toxic, neurotic guilt doesn’t serve me well, so I try to do the best I can and let go of situations over which I have no control.
Let go of negative thought patterns and unproductive guilt. If you can do something about a situation, take action. If it’s out of your control, clear your mind and let it go.
Cultivate people who help you grow:
I am extremely blessed to have amazing friends surrounding and supporting me. I really think you attract into life what you send out. Life is about reciprocity – it’s a two way street. “Give more than you take” is my motto for success. Living by these words has worked, and continues to work, so powerfully for me.
Refuse to allow rejection to keep you from taking the initiative with people:
I get excited about an idea and sometimes it doesn’t work out the way I anticipated. I used to get disappointed, but now I just move forward and focus on what does work and learn from what did not work. Open your mind and spirit to the messages and coincidences of life. Allow them to guide you in your daily walk with life.
Now, go out and approach your walk in life with an “I can do it” attitude and don’t forget to have fun!