We all begin our journey with some dreams or aspirations in life. Dream to achieve something big, and aspire to be successful and happy. A couple of days ago, I asked my little one, ‘what do you want to become when you grow up?’ She answered instantly – ‘I want to be like you Mom.’ That was of course due to affection of a child, but after prodding a little she quipped, ‘I want to be like you, because you can do anything.’ This was my moment of fame for sure.
Happiness needs a Believer –
I grew up in a joint family set-up, listening to various tales and bedtime stories from gran and relatives. Most of these stories are quite famous among kids and are known for instilling the basis of self-belief and determination.
Gran always said, you are your own best friend, and your worst enemy too. No one can make you feel stronger than you, yourself, and nobody can pull you down until you allow them to. Such one-liners hardly influenced me then, but today when I tell the same thing to my daughter memories from the past, keep flashing now-and-then.
You cannot believe in God, until you believe in yourself
I am a believer and totally believe in nature’s equilibrium. Every action has an equal or opposite reaction, even science agrees to that. When you have faith in your abilities, no one can stop you from fulfilling your dreams. Believe in yourself, in your potential is all it asks.
Simple ways to instil Believe in Yourself –
- Don’t let the past failures hamper your prospective future.
- Don’t let the fear overpower your emotions and determination.
- Have an Attitude – a positive one.
- Encourage yourself.
- Let your past successes guide you.
I was born and bred in a small industrial town of western U.P. Despite studying in the best school of town, exposure to verbal English was very limited. I had stage-fright, and fear of this language. My only interaction with the stage was during group performances. It took a long fight before I could overcome my fear, with sheer determination and self-belief.
On the school annual function day, I was supposed to deliver a speech which I had memorized like a parrot. My insides were churning due to nervousness, and with wobbly feet when I climbed the stage everything went blank. It was like speaking in a total faze. That was probably the most disastrous speeches in the history of any school function.
It will be a lie if I say that episode didn’t break me. I was devastated and shaken, self-confidence took the lowest dive. But, at the same time, the feeling to prove I can do better also took birth somewhere deep inside. I remember asking my grand-dad to buy a subscription for the reader’s digest and get weekly English newspaper. (English dailies were in circulation only when demanded and at an extra cost) In the free time, reading aloud and talking to myself in English became a habit. And soon, I was able to overcome my fear and also embraced a new happier me.
I Believe I can Fly –
Later in life, the girl with stage fright became a subject-matter expert in her career, educator, and a corporate trainer. It all starts with having a positive attitude, keeping fears under leash and believing in yourself. On that note, I am leaving you with this wonderful motivational song by R.Kelly. I simply love it.
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