Overcoming a lack of confidence. Is that even possible? I want to tell you that not only is it possible but it’s also a vital part of your journey towards living the life you want to live. Most of us, at some point or other, have experienced a lack in confidence. We look down on ourselves, agreeing with those negative thoughts that race through our minds faster than a Formula 1 car. Round and round we spin in this never ending spiral of insecurity, self-doubt and fear.

When I was faced with the choice to stay in Greece where I would be defined by other people’s dreams, expectations or opinions or venture off on my own into a large world,  I had to stare hard at myself.  At this moment,  I was the only one who had to believe in me and my dreams. This conviction was necessary for me to persevere through the challenges that lay ahead of me. I had no choice but to be confident and believe in what I was capable. Overcoming a lack of confidence was no longer a great idea, it was a necessity.

I had to stop myself from giving into the temptation to compare myself against fellow models, Instagrammers and bloggers. I was following my own unique journey in an industry that can be greatly harsh. The understanding of who I really and truly am needed to come to the surface and beautifully decorate every human interaction and behavior I had. As I did this, I realized that the biggest culprit for low confidence is comparison.

Regardless of whether or not you have been on the receiving hand of criticism disguised as constructive feedback, taught to rely on the affirmations of peers, family and colleagues, or the victim of abuse, low self-confidence continues to grip you. Instead of you defining yourself, a lack of self-confidence begins to dictate your life to you.

The time to overcoming a lack of confidence has come to an end for us. As we realize that we have the power and ability to define ourselves, our lives, and our future, we begin to emerge into a world of mindfulness, self-awareness, and positive affirmations. In no means, are any of these empty or futile. No, overcoming a lack of confidence combines all these together to emphasize to us that we have the power to choose what we believe.

Will you believe the familiar voice of negative self-talk, self-comparison, and self-rejection? I found that my journey to date would not have happened if I hadn’t changed the way I see myself and think. I had to come to a point where I accepted and loved myself just the way I am. I had to become my biggest fan. This ignited in me a burning motivator that would keep me moving forward through homesickness, loneliness, doubt, and insignificance.

That’s what confidence does! It motivates you to keep on going amidst the odds and despite other people’s opinions and views of your dreams, aspirations, and success. You become the only one who defines success, beauty, and self-image. Who are you? What are some of the ways that you are overcoming a lack of confidence?

Live life with passion,

Sofia x

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