1/2/2016: Believe

Who will believe in you if you don’t first believe in yourself?🎨

...A powerful realization that came to me back when I opened Made Vibrant as a freelance design studio.

I still had a major fraud complex about being a self-taught designer (no design degree, not even practical design experience), and I was convinced that it was only a matter of time before every potential client exposed me for what I was: an imposter.

Until I realized that my own self-doubt was sabotaging my growth. No one was ever going to pay me to perform a service they didn’t confidently know I could deliver on. And that’s when I realized that confidence had to start first with ME.

So what do you do when you don’t feel confident? You cultivate it. You CREATE it. You build it with your own conscious mind. You wake up every day if you have to and you repeat to yourself: “I can do this. I am capable. I am talented. I am worthy.”

And you do that for as many days as you have to until it really starts to sink in. Give it enough time and I promise you, if you commit to speaking those words to yourself, eventually you will start acting in a way that aligns with that mentality. As Oprah says, “You become what you believe.” Experience has taught me this is true.

You may not feel this confidence now, but do whatever you must to remind yourself on a regular basis that you can’t expect others to believe in you if you don’t believe in yourself first.