You’ve probably been told to believe in yourself multiple times in your life. While you may not have taken it too seriously, there is power in that advice. Believing in yourself sets the foundation for your journey on the road to success. It can be the motivation you need to get yourself out of depression or a tough situation in your life.

When you believe in Yourself, you:

Talk Yourself Up Internally

You can talk yourself up internally. When you believe in yourself, you reinforce the notion that you can accomplish anything you set your mind to do. This may seem fairly obvious, but so many of us are filled with crippling self-doubt that hinders us from even taking the first step towards success. Rather than having an inner monologue revolving around whether you can accomplish a certain task, your positive mindset reaffirms the belief that you’re a fully capable human being with many talents.

Talk Down Your Fears

Just as you talk yourself up by believing in yourself, you also erase any self-doubt you have in your mind. When you stop talking yourself up, your mind wanders to questions that may stop you in your tracks: What if I don’t succeed? What if something goes wrong? What if people don’t like my idea?

Yes. There are a million things that would go wrong, and something new might not always work out. Without believing in yourself, it can seem like there are a million ways to to fail and only one way to succeed. Don’t sabotage yourself before you even get the ball rolling.

Reflect On Past Success

No matter how much you’ve failed in your life, you’ve undoubtedly experienced success in a variety of ways. When you believe in yourself, you constantly look back on all the times you’ve used your talents to do well in your life. Not only do you realize your successes, but you also frame your failures simply as times your efforts didn’t pay off. Those that constantly look down on themselves often let their abilities to try something new and improve their lives.

Think Realistically

When you believe in yourself, you see your actions from a variety of perspectives. You’ll see how your efforts positively impact others and you’ll understand how important you are to your community. Furthermore, you’ll also see how little your mistakes matter. Nobody truly cares enough to laugh at you or judge you when you mess up. People have enough problems of their own. Most people are just too busy with their own lives to waste time thinking about anyone else. When you believe in yourself, it’s okay to inflate your own self-esteem and worthiness, but you should never exaggerate the way that others perceive you.

Count Your Victories

Just as you reflect on your past successes, you’ll also start to see how many small victories you really have throughout your life. Every time you make progress in life, you’ve won. In fact, every single day you are alive is a day that you won. Just because you fail at times doesn’t mean you’ve lost. This just means your victories has been put off for the time being. When playing a game, you either win or lose. In live, even when you talk short of your goal, you can find a small victory in your efforts.

You Never Lose. Either You Win Or You Learn.

Celebrate Yourself

When you talk yourself up and believe in yourself, you’re celebrating your life. When you count every small victory you’ve ever experienced, you’re throwing yourself the opposite of a pity party. Too many times, we focus on the negative aspects of ourselves and get caught up in a loop of detrimental thinking. Believing in yourself helps break that cycle. We begin to see all of our weaknesses as aspects to be improved, all our strengths as reasons to celebrate.