Believe Message

In a world where external validation wavers, the true compass for navigating life’s challenges lies within you.

This article delves into the crucial role of self-belief, especially for women over 50, facing life’s uncertainties.

Discover why your belief in yourself is a non-negotiable asset, how it reshapes the impact of external opinions, and learn actionable strategies to stand firm in your convictions, turning obstacles into stepping stones towards your success.

The Necessity of Self-Belief

You might wonder why believing in yourself is so crucial.

The straightforward answer is, if you don’t, who will? While family and friends may offer support, their belief in you can wane during tough times. It’s not a reflection of their love or care; it’s more about their faith in you diminishing when faced with challenges.

This common scenario often leads to conflicts and self-doubt, especially when you take the reins of your life and decide to reshape your current circumstances and your future experiences.

The Impact of Wavering Beliefs

When you embark on a new venture, or decide to leave behind your current circumstances, it’s normal to recieve a sense of excitement and support from loved ones.

As challenges arise and the path to success becomes more uncertain, their excitement can turn into fear, affecting your own belief in your venture.

This fear of the unknown is a significant factor in weakening self-confidence. The journey towards success is rarely a straight, upward trajectory. It’s filled with normal obstacles and uncertainties that should be embraced as part of the process.

As challenging as it might be to recognize it, some of our friends and family members can’t see us changing things in our lives without comparing their own progress (or lack thereof), and that comparison can make them feel as if they’re being left behind.

That can cause them to subtly (or not so subtly) attempt to discourage you from changing and moving forward – even when the changes you initiate are in your best interests.

Standing Firm in Your Convictions

The critical moment comes when you’re faced with the decision to continue on your road to self-improvement and self-knowledge, or to stay on the “easy road” and give up, remaining right where you are.

Remember, true progress never comes from quitting, and it always requires focused and intentional effort. It’s essential to maintain your conviction and stand firm in your beliefs, even when others doubt you.

Think of Thomas Edison and his contributions to improving the lightbulb. His persistence through numerous setbacks was key to his success.

Similarly, your belief in yourself is what will give you the strength to persevere and succeed despite the doubts or advice of others. It’s about embracing your journey confidently, knowing that each step, even the stumbling blocks, is a move towards achieving your goals.

Embrace your self-belief as a beacon that will guide you through the challenges. When you cultivate an unwavering belief in yourself, it will empower you to navigate through life’s uncertainties, and you’ll emerge victorious, having achieved your goals and dreams.

Journal Prompts to Help Strengthen Your Self-Belief

Use one or more of these prompts to start or deepen your personal journaling practice. Give yourself time to think about what the prompt brings up for you and explore your feelings on paper. If you need a journal, click HERE to see our available journals.

  1. Reflect on a time when you persevered despite others’ doubts. What drove you forward?
  2. Write about how your self-belief has changed and evolved over the years.
  3. Describe a challenge you’re facing and how believing in yourself can change the outcome.
  4. Journal about the difference between external validation and internal self-belief.
  5. Write about a role model who exemplifies strong self-belief and what you can learn from them.

Affirmations to Strengthen Your Self-Belief

Read the set of related affirmations below aloud. It’s important to your conscious and subconscious mind to hear the affirmations said in your own voice. Choose one or two of the affirmations from the set to start working with. You only need one or two affirmations, used consistently, to make a substantial change in your life.

Choose one affirmation that feels easy to you and choose another that generates resistance or disbelief. The idea is to practice extending your current self-imposed limits and encourage growth.

Say your chosen affirmation loud enough for your mind to hear your voice saying the words and take notice of how you feel as you begin and as you continue your practice. Repeat your chosen affirmation multiple times a day for at least 30 days and reinforce your affirmation by writing it in your journal.

You can change your life by beginning an affirmation practice – using one or two favorite affirmations over the course of 30 to 60 days can permanently change your mindset and your life.

  1. I trust in my abilities and judgment, even when others doubt.
  2. My self-belief is a powerful force that drives me forward.
  3. I am resilient and capable of overcoming challenges.
  4. My confidence grows stronger with each challenge I face.
  5. I believe in my vision and my capacity to make it a reality.
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About the Author Dianne Daniels

Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, and currently residing in Norwich, Connecticut, Dianne M. Daniels' mission is to empower women 50+ to Amplify their Self-Confidence, Deepen their Self-Knowledge, Inspire Creativity, and Glide into the next phase of their lives with the Power of Journaling, Affirmations, and Assessments.

You can learn how to use these time-tested, proven practices to create and manifest the life you want (and deserve) to live.

Dianne is an ordained Unitarian Universalist Minister with a Master of Divinity degree from Starr King School for the Ministry. She's an avid reader, a lover of old houses (she renovated an 1850s vintage Greek Revival home with her family) and has been journaling since the age of 9.

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