Shine your way

Health and motivation Offbeat

By Chinmayee Sharma

We are all awesome. All of us. All the time. We deserve to be celebrated, believed in, supported, and loved. We deserve to be confident in our decisions and certain of our life’s direction. We deserve, most importantly, to love ourselves.
It’s a lot easier to have doubts than it is to have faith in yourself. Even when you have great people around you, cheering you on, it can be pretty hard to love yourself and believe that you can do anything you set your mind to (yes, YOU). We all deserve to shine, to believe in ourselves, and to show of who we are to the world. Some of us are so afraid of being cocky that we avoid being confident. There is absolutely nothing wrong with confidence. In fact, it’s sad to be a huge turn on for both sexes. So, go on, believe in yourself. Make yourself SHINE
No one can believe in you better than you can. And you must do it! Sure your friends and family and coworkers might tell you you’re great, that you’re a shining star, but you won’t really believe it until YOU know that you’re awesome. It’s as simple as that. Believing in yourself is the first step to being the shining, awesome person I know you are.
We  all have strengths and weaknesses. No one is perfect. So instead of harm on your less-than-perfect traits, focus on what you can do, what you’re good at. If possible, get a job (or a hobby) that highlights your abilities. This will reinforce your true awesomeness and remind you of what a stellar being you are. Focus on the good in you!
When you encounter things or people standing in your way, use all of your strength and creativity to maneuver around them or leap over them. Those who aren’t supportive of you and who don’t believe you are a star should be left in the dust. Those activities that don’t showcase your true talents should also be left behind. Who needs those anyway?

The best thing about being a shining star is receiving praise for a job well done. Don’t shy away from praise or pass it off on someone else. Accept every kind word and amazing compliment and bask in it. No, this doesn’t mean you’re selfish or cocky or full of yourself. It means you know that you’re a star and you’re happy that other people know it too. It’s tempting to shrug off praise, but don’t. You deserve it.
Listen to yourself first and foremost. When you get an idea, don’t be the first one to shoot it down. Believe you can do it. Encourage yourself. Fill your mind with the belief that you can do ANYTHING, and you’ll find that you can. When you hear negative voices whispering that you’re not good enough or can’t do it, silence them immediately. Listen to the real you — the you that believes you can do whatever you believe you can do.
Do you feel shiny yet? I know I do…Just thinking about confidence makes me feel more confident. Do I think I’m perfect? No. Do I think I’m going to make plenty of mistakes in my life? Yes. But that doesn’t mean I’m not going to try. I’m going to do my best. I’m going to work hard. I’m going believe in me. I’m going shine…

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