3 Empowering messages to tell yourself when you feel doubtful

You're braver than you believe,
and stronger than you seem, 
and smarter than you think. 

~ A.A. Milne

We’re often our own biggest obstacle. And we don’t even have to say a word or lift a finger to sabotage our own success.

All we have to do is play those old messages we keep in our heads, the ones that say we don’t know what we’re doing, we’re not good enough, we’ll never succeed, and our ideas are stupid.

Those negative messages that fill us with doubt and keep us from ever getting started.

They become our excuses to stay where we are and keep us from trying something new. Those messages keep us from doing what we’ve always dreamed of doing.

What does that mean for you?

What’s that thing you’ve dreamed of doing, but never tried because you think, “It’ll never happen.”

What would happen if you empowered yourself to move forward instead of shutting yourself down before you even start?

Replace those old, negative messages with these empowering truths:

You’re braver than you believe.

Bravery is not the absence of fear, it’s taking action despite being afraid. The unknown can be scary. It’s okay to be afraid, but don’t let fear keep you from taking steps toward your goals and dreams. Build yourself up instead of building up your fear.

You’re stronger than you seem.

What’s your idea of strength? If you consider a person you think is very strong, chances are she wouldn’t have chosen her course. She did what she had to do. Even she may not have imagined she could do what she did, but when the time came, she chose to persevere.

And when you pursue a goal because you want to do it, not because you have to, you may not realize the strength you posess. You think, “I could never do that.”

But you start anyway. And little by little you accomplish that goal you didn’t believe you were strong enough to accomplish, and you’re as surprised as anyone.

You don’t know how strong you are until you have to be.

You’re smarter than you think.

You have intuition that goes beyond knowledge. Intuition helps you sort through what you know and guides you in your best direction. You may not think of yourself as being very smart, but your intuition makes you smarter than you think.

And no one knows everything about everything. That’s okay. Ask questions and figure it out as you go along.


Your goals and aspirations are important. Don’t let self-doubt and fear can keep you from¬† them.

When you feel doubtful about your own abilities, remind yourself:

You’re braver than you believe,¬†stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.

2 thoughts on “3 Empowering messages to tell yourself when you feel doubtful

  • July 12, 2018 at 8:12 pm
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    I had an awesome experience this week that generated fantastic growth for me. In the process I had to face what had become one of my greatest fears…public speaking. As I sailed through it I realized I removed the lid off the box I had put my capabilities in. Your quote and reflections are so true for me! Thanks Ruby! Your always inspiring!

    • July 13, 2018 at 11:40 am
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      I’m so excited for your growth and discovery Kathleen. And I love the imagery of you “removing the lid off the box I put my capabilities in” and can’t wait to hear what other treasures it holds!

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