Life can be funny. As cliche as it might be, life is most definitely full of ups and downs. It is easy to let those downs outway the ups, but to remain a successful leader you must embrace the whole ride. These are three things I use to stay confident when I am experiencing major change.
Identify Your Accomplishments
There is nothing wrong with sitting down and making a list of your wins. This can be anything from personal accomplishments like running a marathon to professional successes to time donated for a cause. We all deserve to pat ourselves on the backs from time to time and remind ourselves: We are indeed doing a good job. This list of achievements not only helps when you need a boost, but it can also be applied in your career to show to potential employers/clients.
Expand Your Circle
I like to surround myself with people that have a similar outlook and long term plan as I do. I also like finding new people who are in the same field, to bounce new ideas off of. These are the people who will keep you on track, if you are to veer off or want to give up. When change hits you hard, it is easy to just throw in the towel. We can’t be expected to do all the motivating ourselves. I am lucky enough to have great mentors, peers, and family that help me realign my purpose. Individuals who are positive and optimistic — not naysayers — continue your growth as a person and a professional.
This is not always an easy task, but it is critical. To be successful you have to trust yourself. I like to say when situations arise in my personal and/or professional life, “If it isn’t a HECK YES, than it is a HECK NO!” We aren’t born with intuition for no reason, listen to your gut and stick by it. If you can sit back and actually believe in yourself and your goals, your confidence silently goes through the roof. At the end of the day we can only guide ourselves to make the choices that lead our own success.
Change is not always awesome, but it is important to welcome it. When striving for success you must be confident. Identifying your accomplishments, expanding your circle, and trusting yourself are all things that will help steer you in the right direction, amidst a major shift.
Lindsey Rainwater is a business advisor, founder, writer and keynote speaker in the fitness and wellness industry. For more information, follow Rainwater on Twitter @LindseyRainH2o.