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It’s 9 o’clock and the kids are in bed. The toys are picked up, dishes are in the dishwasher, and lunches are packed.
I sit down to relax and enjoy the quiet. My cat sits down on my lap and starts purring. Life is good.
It’s crazy to think how far I’ve come.
If you had told me two years ago that this is what life would look like, I never would have believed you. And if you had told me that I’d be doing all this successfully, I really wouldn’t have believed you.
You see, there is something I think most of us are guilty of. We don’t believe in ourselves.
Life isn’t the Perfect Picture Painted by Social Media
We hold ourselves up to these pictures of perfection. Our family, friends, and coworkers are just a mere click a way.
From the friend posting about the themed birthday party she had for her daughter. Complete with a matching cake she made herself.
To the friend posting the amazing family photos she had taken professionally.
To the friend posting about her latest raise at work and plan for an exotic vacation.
These snapshots are really good at harboring the self-doubt. It’s hard to believe in ourselves when we think everyone around us is doing a better job than we are.
A good mother should have photos of her kids on the wall, not just the latest school photos. A good mother should make a cake from scratch, not buy one from the store. A good mother should take her family on exotic vacations. Or even vacations, period.
How many times a day do thoughts like these run through your head?
You’re not alone.
Watch the video below to see the Inner Voice Interview
What do you think? How often are you guilty of telling yourself that you can’t do something?
If only I had….
I wish I hadn’t…
I should have…
Why are we so hard on ourselves?
After watching Activia’s Inner Voice Interview, I realized how much we sabotage ourselves with our fears. We think that we can’t do something, that we aren’t good enough, and that we should be doing more.
Realize that you are good enough.
Stop comparing yourself to others–it doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks.
We are so much stronger than we give ourselves credit for
When I first became a single mom with three kids, there were many times I had no idea how I was going to manage. I didn’t think I had the strength to raise three kids on my own, manage a household, and work full-time.
But when you have no choice but to be strong, guess what happens?
You’re so much stronger than you realize!!
It Starts Inside
We need to start believing in ourselves. Instead of worrying about what others think, we need to focus on what we think.
Activia believes it begins with your inner strength. When we focus first on being strong inside, there’s so much we are capable of. You have great potential when your mind and body are aligned!
What’s even better, Activia wants to support the future generation of women by donating $250,000 to the Girls Who Code national nonprofit organization.
Let go of your inner critic
What can you do to fight these negative thoughts and gain self-confidence?
We can’t let go of the inner critic overnight, but start by focusing on the positive and ignoring the negative.
Believe in yourself. Don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone and try something even if you’re not sure you can do it. Chances are, you CAN do it!