It’s the beginning of a new year, and I have it set in my heart to keep the same momentum I had in 2021 which is working towards becoming the best version of myself in all aspects of my life. That being said, I’ve chosen CONFIDENCE as my word for 2022.

Although I’ve proven so much, I still struggle with my insecurities. It’s one thing to have fear and it’s another to be insecure. Each year, I learn something new about myself when I take the time to reflect. I love reflecting because it gives me the answers to situations I struggle to understand in the moment. That’s how I was able to choose my word for this year.

When you lack confidence, you’re eliminating the ability to reach your full potential. You diminish, not only who you are but your worth and your value. You deprive people of getting to experience what it’s like to be with you wholly. Confidence doesn’t mean you’re perfect or that you’re putting up a front and it doesn’t exclude you from rejection.

Your success will be determined by your own confidence and fortitude.

Michelle obama

Take a contest, for instance, and everyone a part of it has complete faith in themselves… does that mean everyone is going to win? No. The amount of confidence and the type you exude make all the difference. Believing in yourself makes you a greater risk-taker. The world we live in demands us to take those leaps because living in our comfort zone is just not enough.

By limiting our chances, we’ll never discover how far we could go. We’ll remain in a state of questioning and regret. So we have to ask this; how can we avoid subjecting ourselves to that reality? The faith we put in our wishing and our dreaming should be multiplied tenfold in our actions and in us. Believing in yourself opens up a thousand doors for you to choose from.

It’s not impossible for you to look at yourself and say, “I can do it.”

Keep in mind, confidence is just like happiness and change. It has to come from within. When you exercise that kind of faith, any situation that life throws at you becomes easier to handle. When things go according to plan (or better), it pushes you for the next best thing. When things take a different, less desirable turn, you’re still ready for what’s next because your confidence never wavers. You accept not every choice will be a win and that’s ok. There’s more to come.

Trusting in your abilities is not the easiest task when you struggle with self-doubt, low self-esteem and so on. However, it’s not impossible for you to look at yourself and say, “I can do it.” Everyone has a full potential, but we are the only ones that strip ourselves of the right to access it completely.