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Believe in your self to succeed April 28, 2008

Posted by rickbron in Bronder On People, self esteem and success.
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p5130012.jpg Want to improve your chances of success in whatever you do? The Big Dogz know how to do this. They use a systematic approach to improving their self esteem. An unknown author once said:

“Believe in your dreams and they may come true; believe in yourself and they will come true”

It is difficult to believe in oneself with all the pressures, competition and criticism we experience every day. The Big Dogz focus on two major aspects of self esteem — self respect and self confidence. Let’s see what we can do to bolster our self respect.


Many of us constantly engage in negative self talk. We say things like:

“I can’t do that”

“I am not good at that”

“I am not very talented in that”


Sometimes when we make a mistake, we exclaim “What an idiot I am!” This negative self talk has a devastating effect over time. The antidote is positive self talk. When you make a mistake, say “That is not like me.” And when you do really well, exclaim “Now, that is like me!”


Another technique to help build your self respect is positive self affirmations. This technique is a favorite of the Big Dogz.  You start by identifying a state you want to be in, and then phrase it in the present tense. Here is an example.

“I am an excellent presenter”


Repeat this phrase over and over; for added effect say it out loud while looking in a mirror. You can find out the psychology behind positive self affirmations by using Google. Positive self affirmation is a powerful tool.


Building your self confidence is even easier. Every person who is outstanding in their field got there by practice, practice, practice. Yes, it helps to have talent, but each of us can get more from the talent we have. Practice is best done using a coach who is proficient in feedback. Most people believe practice makes perfect. It does not. Feedback makes perfect; practice makes permanent!


If you do not have access to an effective coach, you can practice and observe your own results. For better results, consider practice in front of a mirror. If you can not practice in front of a mirror, then use video to capture your practice, and then give your self feedback. The Big Dogz know that practice is the key to high self confidence.


Another technique the Big Dogz use is called visualization. Basically, you go to a quiet place, close you eyes and visualize yourself doing the action and achieving the result you want. You can vary the action to see how you would handle surprises or unplanned events. Visualization is a powerful tool for building self confidence. However, it is very difficult and requires commitment and practice. If you want to know more about visualization, Google it. You will find a plethora of successful people who are using this technique. It is worth the effort to become proficient in visualization.


Start today to work on your self esteem. Adopt the practices used by the Big Dogz and you too can achieve your dreams.