The Power of Self-Belief.

Have you ever thought that you aren’t good enough to do something? Be it an individual task, job promotion or even starting your own business?

Have you ever stopped yourself from taking a risk, or trying something different simply due to the fear of failure?

Time and time again the phrase ‘I can’t do that’ has entered my mind, be it years ago when applying for my first job as a Graduate, or when thinking about my future goals and dreams. The very same thought process haunted me during the auditions of The Apprentice – to the point I almost didn’t turn up to the final audition… and just imagine if I hadn’t?

That day, I learnt an extremely valuable lesson about the limitations of self-belief. We spend so long in life weighing up the ‘What ifs’ in a negative way, that we fail to see the value in what we have done, and what could happen if we just let ourselves take a risk – and think about ‘What if’ in the best way possible.

What if I’m really successful? What if I achieve my goals and so much more? What if I win?

The power of self-belief is truly an incredible thing – and in business, can be the real difference between make or break. Take Henry Ford, Thomas Edison and Steve Jobs as key examples. As inventors, they have changed our World in incredible, innovative and very different ways, but all shared that same sense of belief in their goals.

“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” – Thomas Edison

This quote in itself demonstrates the true power of the mind, and the potential for success if you use that power in the best way possible. Ultimately, the only person standing in your way is you.

Strength of mind is something talked about now more than ever, but have you taken the time to question how your own thought processes may be standing in your way?

This Saturday 11th November, I will be running Tatton Park’s 10KM to raise funds for Girls Out Loud, a UK Social Enterprise that supports teenage girls nationwide, who struggle with their own self-beliefs.

Like many girls, I struggled with self-esteem when growing up, and as I become more involved with the charity, I’m hopeful they will take inspiration from my story, and strive towards their own goals and dreams – whatever they may be, and regardless of what anyone else may think.

Believe in the cause? There is still time to donate via my Just Giving Page Here

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  • Bit nervous to post this but my amazing friends have reassured me that you should never been ashamed of your experiences that got you to where you are now! 
Last year, I achieved a lot of things I’d always dreamt of. Yet, I felt like I was on this never ending rat race wheel, once finally achieving goals, quickly forgetting how far I’d come and looking for the next thing to accomplish. Nothing ever felt enough, my ambition was killing me. My striving for more and more, constantly left me feeling dissatisfied, never living in the now, always looking for the next moment in life, the next best thing, the next pay cheque.

I decided to take a month to explore myself, explore the world, and find out what happiness actually looked like to me, find out what it meant to be content in that given moment, not wishing for the next thing or thinking I could always find a way to improve the now. I headed to India to live with monks without the influence of my ‘normal’ life around me.

It was tough, no internet, no contact, no luxuries but something within me changed. I think I actually started to accept myself for who I am. 
I’m not going to pretend like I had some sort of magical life changing epiphany and don’t still have days where I wonder what the hell is going on, but what I am truly grateful for, is the time it gave me to sit back, consciously evaluate what was important to me, what my values were and the direction I wanted my life to head in.

Off the back of it, I realised the importance of communication and came home and set up my own podcasting company, to help people communicate (which I adore), took a step back from the false reality of social media, learnt how to say no to things I didn’t want to do, and started dedicating more time to loved ones. 
I’m excited (and nervous) to share the full short documentary with you but I hope you, a friend or a family member gain something from it. I’ve learnt it’s ok sometimes to feel lost in life, and life isn’t always a straight line, it’s ups and downs but that’s what makes you alive. 
Thank you to everyone who was a part of this journey, the people 100% made it and I am truly grateful from the bottom of my heart✌🏻

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