Believing you can does make a difference; sometimes it makes all the difference between success and failure. Thoughts are powerful, they determine much about the outcome of situations you face— So how do you train your thoughts to ultimately power you to success? It takes dedication and practice, but the art of believing in yourself is important to goal setting and achieving. You can! Here’s some helpful tips:

  1. Imagine yourself achieving your goals. Imagery is so important to goal setting and success. Seeing yourself at the finish line is a great daily motivator. Imagining yourself succeeding in detail trains your brain to execute the tasks required to achieve your goals, without even doing it!
  2. Train your mind. Observe how you react to different situations, especially unfavorable ones. Knowing that you have the ability to bounce back and respond in a way that keeps you on track towards your goals builds a whole new layer of self-confidence and efficacy. Believing you can also comes with responding to adversity in a positive way. You can, even if you can’t yet.
  3. Surround yourself with others who see the light in you. Social support from family and friends is vital when you’re questioning your self-worth, or trying to improve on something you struggle with. When you’re surrounded by people who want to see you succeed, the difference between success and struggle becomes apparent. It is so much easier to thrive in a welcoming environment. If others believe in you, it’s easier to keep believing in yourself, too.
  4. “Practice makes perfect” sounds cliché, but it is true. Mastery of a new skill takes dedication, but when you spend your time carefully practicing, you eventually gain familiarity with it and it becomes effortless. This builds your self-efficacy to perform under pressure, and boosts confidence considerably! Practice, practice, practice.

Imagine yourself at the finish line, surround yourself with others who believe in your success, train yourself to deal with adversity, and practice practice practice all of it. When you truly believe you can,  you’re already taking back your power and training your mind to achieve real success.