The Importance Of Self-Belief

Taking a brief look on social media, I see a lot of young people doubting themselves and their abilities to do well in life. Many young people, including a few I’ve met over the past few years, tend to lack self-belief, bringing themselves down before even attempting to succeed. Entering a workplace or school with this mindset is bound to set you up for failure and restrict you.
I’ve always struggled with believing in myself, doubting my abilities and assuming that I wasn’t capable of doing something before I even tried. This negative mindset bound me into a spiral of failure for a few years, as there was no positivity or self-belief to keep me motivated.
A young girl at work approached me the other day, confiding in me and told me that she felt like she wasn’t smart enough for university, that she would probably end up working in retail for the rest of her life, and that she had no ambitions because of the lack of confidence. As we worked, I spoke to her about my failures in life and how, after a terrible set of GCSE results that just about got me into sixth form, I picked myself up and started again.
Things won’t always go the way you want them to, but that doesn’t mean that it’ll always be like that. Success isn’t an easy path, you will fail a lot, but keep at it and soon enough you’ll see the results.
I come from a working-class family. My parents did not attend university meaning I was a first-generation student, putting quite a lot of pressure on me. Once I decided to study law, I knew it would be a lot of hard work. I doubted myself a few times but, at the end of the day, if I don’t believe in myself, who else will? That’s something my dad has always said to me, something that has always and will always be embedded into my mind whenever I lack the confidence I need.
Life will throw a lot of challenges at you. In my opinion, running at them with an unsure mind and a little voice in your ear saying that you will fail, will definitely, if not most likely, lead you to fail. I believe strongly that approaching something, whether an exam or a new job, with an uncertainty in your abilities, will cause you to not succeed.
Confidence is key to success.
There is a big difference between confidence and arrogance. We tend to view people who have confidence as arrogant and big-headed, the type of people that love themselves a little too much, but why is that? I’m not the most confident person in the world, but I’m getting more and more confident as I start to put myself out there and take on new things.
These things will be the making of you. The real you. 

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