This is the core message of the Paula Writes blog: Believe in Yourself and Your Dreams.
I regularly repeat and emphasize the message, through my various social media accounts.
This is intentional, because these words of positivity and hope are central to everything I do, as a writer, and as someone with an online presence. Not a huge following, by any means, but a definite online presence, which I use to reach, help, and inspire others, in any way I can.
It’s especially important to me to help those who struggle in life, including with mental and physical health issues, and in particular, those who lack support from those around them, such as family and friends, and medical services.
These people are often made to feel marginalised, excluded and invalidated, and sometimes this is actually done in a deliberate and strategic way. Society, as a whole, shuns them – or, I should say, shuns us.
There is already a Believe in Yourself and Your Dreams post on this blog, in which I discuss the philosophy. I highly recommend that you visit that post, if you haven’t already.
I felt inspired to create a How To Believe companion post, which is what you’re reading right now.
So, let’s get into the tips. Beyond the words – how do you actually believe in yourself and your dreams, for real?
Positive affirmations would be my first suggestion.
Statements that you repeat to yourself daily, either out loud or in your mind.
You can also write them down, which is powerful, in and of itself.
Affirmations are most effective when you use the present tense, stating them as what already is.
Even if you don’t entirely believe your affirmations, your subconscious mind will absorb them, without judgement. You don’t need to convince your conscious mind that the words are true, in order for them to have a subconscious impact. For those of us who suffer from anxiety and depression, and struggle with extreme self-doubt, this is good to know.
Tune out and drown out any negativity, including from any less than supportive family members.
This isn’t easy, but it’s essential. People who are dismissive of your dreams, and put you down, won’t help you to believe in yourself. To believe in your ability to achieve your goals, and make your dreams a reality.
Find sources of inspiration, such as books and specific You Tube channels, and the people you can surround yourself with who do help you to stay focused, and to keep believing.
And double down on the affirmations, because those will also help to drown out the voices of those who tell you that you can’t be successful.
Don’t compare yourself to others.
Be inspired by people you admire and respect, and learn from those individuals.
But never forget that you have something unique and valuable to offer: something that only you have to give. Do you, and don’t negatively compare yourself with anyone else.
In the end, it’s a case of knowing in your heart that you do matter, and your dreams do matter.
Keep moving forward, no matter how slow progress might be at times. Pause when you need to, but don’t stop.
Believe in you. Keep believing. Do anything you can to remain inspired and motivated. Believe in yourself and your wildest dreams.
Write that novel, that series of novels, your poetry, or short stories. Take photos, or create awesome paintings. Whatever it is for you. Believe and act, and live life to the best of your ability, in your own incredible way.