“You could certainly say that I’ve never underestimated myself. There’s nothing wrong with being ambitious.”
There is nothing wrong with being ambitious. When you have ambition you have a strong desire to do or to achieve something by displaying hard work and determination. In today’s quote the Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel finds nothing wrong with being ambitious and because of it she has never allowed herself to underestimate her ability to do or achieve something. How often do we underestimate ourselves when we are attempting to try and learn something new or achieve something? There have been times where I have fell into periods of underestimating myself as I’m sure you have too. The key is to recognize when this is happening to us and put a stop to it by using strategies to counteract this negative way of thinking. Once we are able to this, our ambition can have full reign to take over.
Recently a WikiHow blog written by Paul Chernyak discussed three ways in which we can stop underestimating ourselves. The first suggestion is to stop the negative self-talk by challenging the negative thinking. Try to think about things logically and remind yourself that what you are thinking are not fats and that you are basing this on perhaps past experiences that may have not faired so well. You might even be basing it on the naysayers of the past that have told you that you can’t do something. So wipe this from your mind and realize this is a new situation and that the opportunity is there for the taking. The second suggestion is to make a list of positive traits and review this list of past successes daily to start off and then just weekly. The more we remind ourselves of our past successes and the personal qualities we possess that more likely we will have a better outcome in the long run. The last suggestion is to put a halt to unhelpful self-criticism or insulting yourself. Would you make the same comments that you are saying to yourself to a family member or a friend. Hopefully not. So why do it to yourself? This does not improve the situation and will ultimately hold you back.
Remember we are better and more capable of achieving great things if we allow us to. Don’t underestimate your abilities or yourself overall for that matter. Let your hopes, dreams and desires take shape by becoming more ambitious in all that you do.
What does this quote mean to you and how can you apply today’s message towards improving your self awareness?