Friday, 14 November 2014

Think Highly Of Yourself.

In many cultures, we are taught to be modest and even sometimes, self-deprecating. We are made to believe that putting ourselves down or underplaying our achievements is upheld as a virtue. It is common for even successful people to downplay their success so as to be regarded as humble and to earn the respect and approval of others. 

You will be told that one can not blow one's own trumpet.  But, the truth is that sometimes, you will need to take the first step to help people know your worth.  The world will see you, but first, they might need to hear you. And for that to happen, you need to sing. So, sing. Sing your praise. Blow that trumpet. Blow it hard and well. People will always listen to what you have to say about yourself. Otherwise, why is the advertisement industry doing as well as it is doing today.
If you think of yourself and consequently present yourself as too old, too inexperienced, uninformed, dull or ordinary, those negative expectations influence the way you live.

Psychologists and life's experiences have pointed out that low self-esteem, as well as self-deprecating thoughts have endless negative consequences both for those who have it, and for those with whom they relate.

It is indeed true that, very often, our biggest limitations are the ones we put on ourselves, be that by our actions, our words or our thoughts.

And, over the years, I've learned that it's okay for you to think you're pretty great. 
Thinking highly of yourself doesn’t mean you have to be cocky, arrogant or elitist. It doesn't mean imposing yourself on others or putting others down. 

Thinking highly of yourself rather implies that you are acknowledging the gifts that you have been blessed and empowered with. It means that you are celebrating the journey which has brought you to the place of attainment. It entails sharing the lessons learnt and it denotes encouragement to the ones who are aspiring to triumph.

You will find that when you think of yourself as creative, passionate, interesting, valuable, unique and genuine, those positive expectations will be expressed in your life.
You should acknowledge yourself as fulfilling your purpose and performing an indispensable role in this life. And, whatever that role may be, it should be a source of joy and pride.

And when you do this, you will find that it becomes easier to inspire and empower others to the same or a higher level of greatness.

When you truly think highly of yourself, you’ll end up living your life so as to genuinely prove those thoughts accurate.It is the quality of our thoughts that determine the quality of our experience in life. Right thinking or positive thoughts today shape our future life.

The beliefs and expectations you hold about yourself can hold you back, but they can also encourage you forward. So, as you go about your day, make the choice to be encouraged, inspired, motivated and compelled by the positive things you believe and expect of yourself.

An honest pride in one's work always speaks volume and is also with with the promise that others can trust you. 
My Mum would say to us, over and over again, "whatever your hand finds to do, do it well and take pride in it"
And it was Norman Vincent Peale who said, "Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers, you cannot be successful or happy".
So, go right ahead! Think highly of yourself! Blow your own trumpet. Keep it honest and then continue to make sure that the world won't be mistaken when they agree with you. 

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