You are superior to your circumstances…

Nothing splendid has ever been achieved except by those who dared believe that something inside of them was superior to circumstances”-Bruce Barton, American Congressman (1886-1967)

 Good morning! As you read today’s quote, what comes to mind? Do you have a strong belief in yourself? For many of us, the answer might be “no.” Perhaps we have tried and failed one too many times-and our self-belief waivers. Perhaps we too-often compare ourselves to others and, instead of recognizing our unique value, we see only the missing pieces.

Here is the good news: that is your choice. And if that is your choice, then you have the ability to choose otherwise.

The most effective way to develop self-belief (or self-confidence) is through taking action steps that demonstrate that we believe that we are worthwhile. Reading the Good Morning inspirations, writing the affirmations (you are writing them, right?), and implementing the “Your Turn” exercises are one example of a step you can take to develop your self-belief.

Your Turn: Make a list of ten things that are wonderful about you. Keep this in a place where you will see it often. Add to it regularly. (Side note: I don’t create these exercise for fun-I have created them because they work. Are you working them?)

 Today’s Affirmation: I am a wonderful person filled with one-of-a-kind value, worth and love.

Going further: Celebrating a person’s unique qualities is a great way to build self-esteem. At one of my staff meetings, I asked each employee to type up three qualities they admired about each staff member. These lists were anonymous and collected in employee envelopes I created. At the next meeting I gave each employee their “Quality Collection.” The office atmosphere was electric that day. Consider duplicating this exercise in your workplace, with friends, or with family

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