As people, we believe in others so easily. We learn to put our faith and our trust in people from an early age; from our parents and teachers, to the leaders that guide our country. But when it comes to self-belief, we are often lacking. The younger generation, especially, have low self-confidence levels and very little self-belief. For many their sense of drive is at an all-time low. It has nothing to do with laziness, but rather, the way the world has changed around them. It’s hard to believe in yourself when you feel that you’re not quite up to scratch much of the time, and you lack the way to show you what you are truly capable of.
Believing in yourself is not a skill that you are expected to cultivate alone. And it is a skill! Right up there with time-management and organisation; self-belief is just as necessary in the world of work as any other employable skill. By learning it at a young age it can become part of your mind-set.
What does it mean to believe in yourself?
This is a question that many people have asked. If you don’t have self-belief already maybe it doesn’t seem too important. It’s one of those qualities you don’t know you’re missing until you have it. To believe in yourself means to trust your own abilities, trust yourself, and ”go for it”. Believing in yourself means trusting yourself to deal with things you may not have experienced before. For example riding a horse for the first time, even when you’re scared. It is trusting yourself and others enough to know that you’re safe – and that, even if something does happen, you can manage it and you’ll be fine.
It’s the day when you realise that you’re saying “yes” to more opportunities and activities with those around you. It’s taking a leap of faith and knowing you’ll be alive at the end. It’s one of those qualities that removes limitations that may have held you back and gives you a brighter future.
Self-belief sits right alongside confidence. Without confidence in yourself, you will never believe in yourself.
Thankfully, these skills can be instilled into you. You aren’t alone.
How can I train to believe in myself?
Many activities can help you become more confident and believe in yourself. Any activity that is designed to make you feel rewarded as you progress is a great start. Activities that go up in levels as you get better mean that you know exactly where you stand, and you will slowly have more faith in yourself.
In an obviously rewarding sense, there are activities like Taekwondo. Taekwondo is perfect as it is in levels and classes are extremely welcoming to beginners. You’ll start as a white belt so not be expected to know anything. Instructors show you exactly what to do right from a basic punch and kick. You’ll find that a good instructor can make things fun while also ensuring that you are able to start believing in yourself and be more confident in your moves. The training you receive will translate into your everyday activities; making you feel more at ease and safer. You’ll be surprised how many smiles are thrown around in the training hall. Regardless of how fit you think you are, your instructors will make it their mission to help you become the best version of yourself.
If you’d like to give it a try Pacific International Taekwondo has classes in 13 locations around Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast. For a free trial click this link and we’ll get back to you with details of your nearest branch.