Do you ever just feel like your life is falling into place? Like everything you’ve ever wanted is happening and you’ve never been happier? That’s exactly how I’m feeling at the moment. I’ve just got a new job, the dream job I’ve always wanted and I feel like my life is going in the direction I want it too. It hasn’t always been this way though. I have had a long journey of building confidence.
Not too long ago I really lacked confidence, I struggled in social situations and felt awkward talking to new people and people I didn’t know very well. I was only comfortable around family and close friends. I play a sport and was beginning to lack confidence in this too. Believing I wasn’t good enough, that others were better than me. I thought too much about what other people thought of me and let their judgments get to me.
It’s no surprise that this had a negative effect on the rest of my life. I began to develop anxiety and depression and shut myself away, even more, feeling that I wasn’t good enough. Beginning to feel that I didn’t deserve friends or to be happy. I felt alone and severely lacked confidence. Through my counselor for anxiety, I came across personal development and started reading books that would improve my mindset. My favourite for confidence has to be Confidence by Katie Piper. It was huge in my journey of building confidence.
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I’ve had the same job for the last 4 years, I love it and enjoy every day, but it wasn’t my dream job while I was at school and college. I’m beginning to think now maybe I wasn’t applying for my dream job because I was afraid. Afraid of not getting the job, messing up the interview, the job not being as good as I’d imagined or even not being good at the job I’d always thought of as my dream career. My current job was safe, I knew what I was doing. I knew my colleagues and had friends there and I believe I was afraid of starting somewhere new and not knowing anyone or anything about the job.
My inspiration to apply for this job was my sister, she’s an apprentice at the school and has been doing really well, she is amazing at the job and so passionate. When I saw how much she loved work and all the amazing things the school does I had to apply. When it came round to the interview I had a weird feeling, like I was ready. I wasn’t nervous, scared or any of the normal feelings that go with an interview. I was confident in my ability and that I was perfect for the job, a feeling I hadn’t experienced before.
When I got there for the interview I still felt confident, talking to the staff and the other people being interviewed. I felt like a different person – the old me wouldn’t have smiled or said hi to someone walking by let alone make conversation with strangers in a meeting room before an interview. The interview went so well, I didn’t stumble or stutter, I spoke confidently and was so happy with everything I said and did. I just couldn’t believe the feelings I felt and how confident I was.
That evening, I found out that I had been successful and got the job. I had really good feedback from the interview. This can only be because of this newly found confidence down to NLP and the personal development that I am doing, it’s amazing the difference it makes. I’m so proud that I’ve managed to turn my life around from anxiety and depression to feeling confident in myself, my job role, sport, and my life.
I now face every day full of confidence and self-belief. I have confidence in my job, my social life, my sport, business and in how I look and act. Still, I continue to work on my mindset daily to continue this level of confidence. I don’t believe that it can be cured in any case and that it is something you have to continuously work on. The good news is, that is 100% possible. No matter how you are currently feeling I truly believe you can turn this around with some simple habits.
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