Some days we wake up, and put on our faces for the day – maybe that face is happy, or maybe sad, maybe contemplative, or anxious – and we greet whatever is headed our way. We hope that we are prepared, perhaps even believe that we are prepared for whatever obstacles we come across. Unfortunately, if you’re anything like me, we find that we aren’t at all prepared.
In fact, we’re just winging it. Faking it ’til we make it. Hoping that no one else figures out the fact that we are just as helpless at avoiding the coming tide as they are. The only difference? We hide it better (or at least we convinced ourselves we hide it better).
Funny story, though. We don’t actually hide it better. We really don’t hide it at all. Secretly, in our heart of hearts, we want someone to know we are winging it. Because at the end of the day we want that person to take us by the shoulders, look us in the eye, and say “You’re doing great anyway.”
Take a moment to look in the mirror and really make eye contact with that reflection and repeat after me –
“You’re doing great!”
The only person who needs to believe in you is you. Once you believe in you there is no more need to hide that you can’t because it will be clear to anyone with eyes (or ears, or a sense of smell, well you get the idea) that you CAN.
If you’re finding that belief in yourself a little hard to come by know that you are not alone. We all have our faith in ourselves shaken. Because the alarm clock didn’t go off and now you’re late to a big meeting, or you overcooked the scrambled eggs. Maybe you missed your turn and spend a few extra minutes getting to an appointment. There are any number of things that can shake our confidence.
There are also any number of things that can build our confidence. In fact the things that should build our confidence in many ways should outweigh what shakes our belief in ourselves. Because we bring success to the table everyday. Waking up on time 99.9% of the time, or making bomb omelets that keeps everyone’s belly full until lunch (I haven’t mastered the omelet yet, so if you have, that in itself is A-MAY-ZING).
So every day make eye contact with your reflection and remind yourself that you are doing great – repeat twice daily for maximum success.