Hope is more than a wish or a want, it’s the belief that something can change, and this starts with believing in ourselves. Recognizing the moments, qualities, and people that build your confidence can help you realize the unique value you bring.
Moments to Remember
What was a time where you learned something about yourself?
Write about the effects the experience had on you. Did your thoughts about yourself or other change? How did you feel? Did it influence your choices that came after?
People rooting for me
Who do you believe is in your corner? How do they show that? How does that bring you hope?
the difference I make
What’s one strength you are working on(i.e. courage, perseverance, leadership, curiosity, humor, etc.)? Why is this important?
We can often be very critical of ourselves and forget to spend time building ourselves up. Who in your life makes you feel good about yourself and boosts your confidence? Reach out to them and find some time to talk– during your talk, notice what they value about you and how this makes you feel.
Belief in yourself is something you can actively grow in your daily life. Take a piece of paper and divide it into 8 sections. In each section, write or draw one thing you are proud of, big or small. You can always turn to this list (and add to it!) as a reminder of all the ways you bring value to the world.
Just like building a support system for yourself, it’s also important to be your own cheerleader. How can you celebrate something you’re proud of today? You might share it with a friend, do something you enjoy, or commemorate the moment in some other way.
Everyone brings unique value to the world. When we recognize and celebrate what we value in others, we create a social norm around believing in each other. For every person you interact with this week, find one way to build them up and recognize their value.
When you feel low, remember there are people in your life who admire you and believe in you. This week connect with someone who cheers you on and builds you up. Continue to prioritize these kinds of relationships in your life and surround yourself with supporters.