“It’s never too late to be what you might have been.” ~ George Elliot

Here are 5 tips to help clear your doubts, build your confidence, and reach your personal potential within:

1. Make a conscious choice to pursue personal growth. The decision to change and grow is a powerful tool that can help you move forward. Make a decision that you will start to pursue growth. Start reading books and blogs about stretching yourself, listen to audio books, or attend seminars with other like-minded people.

2. Set a goal to work toward. It’s easy to feel aimless when you don’t have a concrete goal you’re working toward. Narrow in on what you’d like to accomplish in the near future. Maybe it’s to get fit, start your own business, or clear your debts. The point is to get specific about exactly what you’d like to do and when. Ask yourself: “If I knew I couldn’t fail, what would I want to achieve?” Don’t drag out this process by trying to find the perfect answer. There is no perfect answer, and the only way you can find the answer is through trial and error.

3. Take baby steps. Action fights doubts. By taking small steps, you’re building evidence to show your mind that you are more and can do more than you think. Now that you have something to aim for, brainstorm for ways to get yourself to where you want to be. A good plan is to look to people who have already done what you’d like to do. Seek them out and learn from them. You can find out whether they have blog, coaching programs, or books that you can read. Having a mentor will help you accelerate your growth progress. They can help point out what you need to do and avoid to follow in their footsteps.

4. Keep a success list. We all need reminders that we are good enough. You are more than capable enough to achieve whatever you want to achieve, but you might forget that when you hit an obstacle. A success list can help to remind you why you shouldn’t let go of your confidence. A success list is the collection of all your accomplishments. Get a book or create a personal blog. Record all accomplishments regardless it is big or small. When you start to doubt yourself, go get your success list. Look at all of the positive things you’ve done. Remind yourself that you are capable and you have the evidence to prove it.

5. Set your own bench mark. Don’t ever think that your accomplishments are too small to be proud of. It may seem that way if you start comparing yourself to other people. Even if you complete a marathon, there will be others out there who completed an iron man race. It’s an endless cycle when you compare yourself to others all the time. Set your own benchmark. Be proud of yourself if you’re making progress. Some people progress faster than others will. That’s OK. Life is not a sprint; it’s a marathon. Focus on what you can do to improve yourself instead of comparing yourself to other people. Keep growing, setting goals, and moving forward, one step at a time, and you will continually impress yourself.

It doesn’t matter how slowly we go. What matters is that we keep going.

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