Monday Mojo for Caregivers – Believing in Your Abilities
Hello and welcome to Monday Mojo for Caregivers. The golf legend Jack Nicklaus once said, “Confidence is believing in your own ability, knowing what you have to do to win. My confidence was developed through preparation.”
He describes confidence as an outgrowth of hard work and training – as opposed to natural ability. His beliefs are built upon a solid foundation of factors that are under their control, rather than external results that are out of their control.
So what can you take from this? What can you do to start believing in yourself and your abilities?
Well, your inner skeptic will probably need some convincing at first, so you’ll have to build a case with some concrete evidence.
- Hang onto past successes
Hang onto the highlights, the shining moments, the fleeting glimpses of your potential. Use those moments to remind yourself of the greater possibilities that might exist, especially during tough times. Learn from your mistakes and failures of course, but don’t just dwell on them. Choose to focus more intently on what you know deep down is possible.
- Manufacture tiny wins
We don’t need huge wins to strengthen our belief in ourselves. We just need lots of tiny micro-victories. Micro-successes that prove we have the ability to improve and grow as people.
And all of this starts with setting tiny goals. Figure out how to solve these problems and you can add a little check to the “Yes! I can do it!” column. After all, you’ve just proved to yourself that you have what it takes to solve that problem. This will give you more confidence to tackle similar problems. And then even trickier problems. Soon, you’ll have an entirely different expectation of what you’re capable of, based on solid, concrete evidence you have worked hard to accumulate.
Keep track of these small wins on paper (it’s important to be able to see the evidence), and see what happens when you see these checkmarks begin to pile up.
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