The core of all faith stems from the deeply rooted conviction and heartfelt expectation of better things to come. Fueled by our belief in someone, something, or a higher power such as God, faith is the pathway to realizing our true potential. It promotes from within us a “can do” attitude and diminishes the stress, anxiety, and fear that might otherwise paralyze our ability to act. Without it, we are likely to drown in our own sense of hopelessness, especially during times of adversity.
As a rule, we are capable of accomplishing far more than we could ever imagine possible. Faith is incomplete until we can tap into what it means to have faith in ourselves. To believe in ourselves gives us that extra leverage of confidence and purpose to achieve what we might have considered beyond our scope.
Have no illusion that faith is the end all to every hurdle you will encounter because it is not. However, it is a necessity on your journey to a more fulfilling life.
To strengthen faith in yourself, be resolved to work through the following important steps:
(1) Create a “winning” mindset by imagining the endless possibilities that surround you.
(2) Accept your current situation as where you are now but not where you are meant to stay.
(3) Assess your strengths and limitations as they relate to your daily regiment and define what tactics you need to implement to make improvements.
(4) Use your past successes and failings as learning points and opportunities for personal growth.
(5) Draw from the courage, strength, and determination that rests within you to be your personal source of power.
(6) Treat your challenges as opportunities to be conquered.
(7) No matter how bleak things may seem, look for the solution with a positive perspective.
(8) Forgive yourself for the past failings and mistakes you have made and use them as an inspiration to do better in the future.
(9) Establish and implement meaningful goals that will open new doors for you both personally and professionally. Do the legwork to develop your competencies in the areas required to realize your goals.
(10) Faith without a shred of evidence to suggest the outcome will lead you down a blind alley. Believe in what you intuitively know to be reasonable and right based upon some level of reliable information.
(11) Chronically doubting yourself is a mindset that cannot be easily changed. Have patience and compassion as you work through the process of strengthening your belief in self.
(12) No matter what might be, have faith in yourself to become the extraordinary person you were always slated to be.
Have faith you can…and you will!
Written by: Patricia K. Flanigan, Smart Strategies for Successful Living
Patricia K. Flanigan has worked in higher education for over 28 years. She holds a doctoral degree in Organizational Leadership from the University of La Verne as well as a M.A. in Latin American Studies and B.A. in Anthropology from the University of California, Los Angeles. Before retiring and moving to Idaho in 2015, she served as the dean of online education and learning resources at Saddleback College, a large community college in Southern California. She currently consults in higher education, volunteers for AARP, writes for a local magazine, and serves as an Affiliate Faculty member at Boise State University. Since February 2017, she has been the founding director for Smart Strategies for Successful Living, a community-based website designed to promote quality aging. As an educator, her focus is to inspire others to live and age well.