There comes a time when you stop trying to get the world to believe in you and instead begin to believe in yourself.
Self-belief is not synonymous with arrogance. Arrogance is the delusion of invincibility accompanied by disregard for others. Mature self-belief comes through wisdom and humility, through being honest with our self about our shortcomings, and strengths.
Belief in self often comes at a great price but with an even greater reward. Many of us spend our entire life trying to be something, do something, worthy of praise. We share our dreams and goals, as well as our progress and accomplishments, with others, hoping that someone somewhere will believe in us, and in what we are doing. Some of us are fortunate enough to have at least one person who mentors us, encourages us, and gives us their whole support but this is the exception not the rule. Most people believe in only what they already think possible, not in the person who has yet to make a possibility become reality. Others will see us for who we are – what we are really made of – when they can see our true capabilities in action; only then will they choose to believe. Until then, the hard work of self-belief is our only option.
Self-belief requires introspection and self-honesty: where do I personally fall short and why? How do I fix that? What do I want to do: is it beneficial to me; will it help others; will it be of service to them? What is my attitude toward life: positive or negative – how do I make it better? At some point in your search, you will begin to believe in yourself and not know why until you compare the new you with the person you once were: your life will begin to flourish, not out of arrogance but through humble competence. Self-belief is contagious, and the stronger it grows the more it spreads like wildfire. Not only will you believe in yourself, but the ones around you will begin to believe that they too can make their dreams come true also.