How Belief Works: 7 Tips for Developing Greater Self-Belief 159

How Belief Works: 7 Tips for Developing Greater Self-Belief

The following article is a guest post.

Belief and our self-belief are complex things. Mastering them, though, can be a key to success.

Having a greater level of belief in yourself and understanding that you should be far more confident in yourself is important. So, how do you achieve it?

1. Think positive.

We all have the power to choose our thoughts and direct them into whatever direction we want.  When we think optimistically life is kept flowing forward in the same direction as our thoughts since our actions follow our thoughts naturally. 

In order for positive thinking to actually work we can’t just think passively and expect a miracle to happen.  Our thinking needs to be backed up with determination, follow through and hard work.  All of us are destined to be successful and all of us can get there when we believe that we actually can. Belief is a complex thing as this post from Mind Persuasion discusses.

We need action to back up our beliefs, and some patience to go along with our perseverance. 

These days, many people get impatient if success is not immediately manifested by their positive thinking.  Which is due to the fact that when positive thinking is not backed up with hard work, positive thoughts are reduced to just wishes.        

2.  Set goals.

We need to experience winning in order to develop our attitude of a winner and have self-belief.  That is why it is important to create agendas that are backed up by goals that are achievable and that have target dates to achieve them by. 

Dr. Dave White is an incredible business coach who says that we tend to overestimate how much we can achieve in one year. At the same time, seriously underestimate what can be achieved in five years. 

In sessions with a coach you can set goals, explore, plan and achieve things on a weekly basis. 

Setting small achievable goals can help to inspire and motivate us towards having and achieving larger goals.  Every goal that we achieve builds more confidence and helps us enjoy the journey towards success.

3.  Be passionate.

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In order to become success in all areas of our lives, it is necessary to not just believe in yourself, but also love the things we do. 

Waking up to a job or career that we don’t have any passion for won’t provide for us emotionally very well, even when it might financially provide for us. 

The growth that we can experience, both financially and personally, is limited whenever we just go through the motions in order to earn money.  The most successful people love what they do. They understand that what they do is greater than what their own self-interest is. 

When we are able to see that the things we do make a significant and positive difference in other people’s lives, that is when we will want to get out of bed first thing in the morning and get moving.   

4.  Be gracious.

When instead of entitlement we live with grace, we don’t expect anybody to do all of our hard work for us.  Instead, we do everything we can to propel ourselves forward to become successful. 

We aren’t afraid of whatever hard work is needed in order to be successful.  Nobody owes us anything.  Being an entitled person will do more to crush a career than anything else.   They have a tendency to bully, are self-centered, poor relationship builders, and some of largest complainers in the entire corporate world. It is important to ask for help when needed, help others, be gracious and have patience. 

Let’s accept things that frequently are unfair, be thankful and make the commitment to work hard.  If there are goals that we want to achieve, then we have to depend on ourselves and our self-belief to accomplish them.   

5. Keep good company.

The company that we keep is a direct reflection of who we are. 

Attitudes and emotions are contagious.  That is why it is so important to greatly decrease, or avoid, having interactions with individuals who gossip. Or are defeatists, overly negative or jealous. 

We really can’t get anywhere when carrying these emotions with us.  Our lives need to be filled with individuals who are motivated, hardworking, realistic, optimistic, happy, supportive and confident.  Such kind of energy is what allows us to keep moving forward.  

6. Grit.

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Success is always about determination, persistence and being stubborn enough to never give up. Rejections and setbacks are part of all great endeavors. Which is we we need to stay optimistic and driven. 

Obstacles are what helps us grow, explore, increase our knowledge, solve our problems, and do better as we move forward.  Having a winning attitude allows us to view failures as opportunities, instead of problems that are insurmountable. 

They are springboards to greater success and can help guide us to reinvention and growth. 

7. Believe in yourself.

It is important to focus on working on and discovering our unique strengths so that we can develop a sense of strong self-belief.

We need to step outside of those things that are familiar to us in order to increase our personal development and self-knowledge.  

There is no such thing as a perfect person. So we need to stay humble and be inspired to continue working on improving the shortcomings that we have, while not being too hard on ourselves.

There are ways that we can learn to work with them, such as delegating. Instead of allowing those aspects to bring us down.  It is important to have faith in ourselves. That’s when the power of self-belief can help us exceed.

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How I Became a Location Independent Freelance Writer 6

How I Became a Location Independent Freelance Writer

Writing is what I love doing and I managed to turn it into my career. But that wouldn’t have been as enjoyable without having the freedom to work from anywhere and move to my favorite country. So after I became a freelance writer, I also took a few steps to become location independent.

Let me share how that journey looked like for me and maybe inspire you to take the leap and not just become a freelancer but also travel the world or just leave your home country and never look back.

Stage 1: Overcoming The Doubts

I believe all change happens on the inside first. In the case of becoming a freelance writer and a lifestyle designer, you’d first need to do a couple of things related to developing a strong mindset.

To begin with, define what you don’t like about your current lifestyle. Be clear about it and see yourself living a better life some time from now. This vision will also help you realize what you truly desire.

For me, it was freedom and independence but in a specific way.

I mean, I don’t really need to travel the world. It was enough to spend a few weeks in Thailand and to always have the chance to get back to a destination like that if I feel like. But what I truly desired was to leave my home country, Bulgaria, and instead move to the Netherlands.

However, my transformation started many years ago, before I even knew that’s where I wanted to live. First, I wasn’t satisfied with my life back then. I was already in my 20s and I always felt like I wasn’t spending my time right. So something had to be done.

Doubts are scary.

In fact, they are one of the reasons why so many people all over the world never start a business, end a relationship, travel or else.

Once you get through that stage though, you start having hope, you visualize a better life, and you finally take action. And once you take the first step, magical things begin to happen.

For me, that first step was to define my passion (personal development) and combine it with writing, which I simply loved doing and felt like it was the right way to spend my time.

English is just my second language. I had no official degree in what I’m doing. I wasn’t tech-savvy and had no idea how the Internet actually worked.

But the desire for a different life and more meaningful activities was stronger than any lack of knowledge or experience. So I dedicated the 4 years of my life during university to building the foundation of my online business and the lifestyle I enjoy today.

Stage 2: Getting The First Clients

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I began writing, first on my blog (more on that below), then for others. But the magical ingredient here is reading.

I spent a ton of time (still do and probably always will) reading about people who were already living the life I was after. And that changed it all. I overcame all the doubts because I saw all that I wanted was possible. If other people were living like that and they all started from nothing, then it’s just a matter of time till I get there too.

That encouraged me. And my motivation never decreased because of some people I started following consistently and seeing their progress kept me action-oriented too.

It was time to earn my first dollars freelancing.

The good thing about the Internet is that you don’t have to be anyone in order to land your first gig. Once you do, the second one is easier. You just need someone to pay you for your freelance services so you can have confidence in your abilities and improve your skills.

I never thought I’d be able to call myself a freelance writer, not to mention be location independent together with that. But I left the big picture behind for a while and focused on simpler things. Such as:

What can I do today to land my first client?

After researching, I realized there are sites for freelancers where employers post jobs and I can apply to each that seems like a good fit for me. And so I did.

I created my profiles, had low rates (because any money was good money for me then if it was online), and applied for a few jobs. I had no idea what to say exactly so I just went with what felt right.

I introduced myself when pitching clients and told them how I can help them with their project. Rejection here is normal as there’s a ton of competition.

Eventually, someone hired me for a job and I made my first $20 or so.

It was a short and sweet gig and I did a good job. The communication with the client was smooth.

It’s hard to land someone for the first time, especially in my case. On my profile they could see Bulgaria and that English isn’t my native language. Also, that I’m new to the site and have no previous feedback. Basically, not the most trustworthy freelance writer to hire.

But there are new employers to such platforms too and they are ready to hire you as long as you have something to offer them.

So if you want to make money online and eventually turn that into a business, become location independent and work remotely, or just want to do what you love freelancing, then create your profiles on sites like Upwork, Guru, Freelancer and PeoplePerHour and start pitching.

Stage 3: Building a Blog and a Brand

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The 3rd crucial step in my journey to becoming a location independent freelance writer was this blog.

Let’s Reach Success started as a personal blog on self-improvement. But consistency was the key and I seemed to be good at this. It’s because I love writing too of course. It eventually turned into my biggest project and today it’s my portfolio.

There are more than 1600 articles in the archives, a whole book store, proper design (thanks to this premium theme), authority, and a story behind it. Which makes me and Let’s Reach Success kind of a personal brand.

If you haven’t started a site yet, you’re wasting time. Whatever it is that you wanna do online, you need that one platform.

I’ve written a quick guide on how to do that. Check out How to Set Up a WordPress Site on Bluehost. Don’t worry, the technical aspect is easy and I’ve outlined the few simple steps you should take to have your site up and running in less than 30 minutes.

Blogging is a must for every freelance writer. Here’s why:

First, you get to showcase your work. You can write articles all the time and show them to clients. Whenever you want to start writing about a new topic, you’ll simply start covering it on your blog and then provide samples to employers.

You become known as an expert. If you stay consistent and provide unique and quality content frequently, people will know you’re the go-to blogger in the niche. Together with your unique voice and all other things you’re doing on the side, you can build a name for yourself. That means clients will start finding you soon.

Blogging is a learning experience. There’s a lot going on in the archives on my blog. If I go back, I can even see how I’ve grown over the years. Your writing will change too and that’s okay. Your site becomes your biggest project, especially if you’re a writer yourself. Also, it’s thanks to wanting to improve Let’s Reach Success that I’ve learned so much about optimizing content, making money from a blog, and more.

Stage 4: Setting Up an Online Business

Now that you’ve overcome the doubts, have landed your first freelance client, and have your own blog, you can turn that into an online business soon.

First, of course, you’ll need to have some decent income monthly to be a proper location independent freelance writer. Although plenty of people register a company from the beginning and then slowly grow their freelance business.

However, in the beginning, I had no idea what I was doing. I was paying taxes and fees for the freelancing platforms I worked with and that was enough. I wasn’t sure how much more I could make each month.

When I got to a few hundred dollars monthly, though, (which is an amount you can live with back in my home country if you aren’t paying rent), I decided to fix the legal part and register as an independent worker there and start paying my taxes.

Over the next months, I truly believed I’m now a freelance writer earning money from my craft and loved it. Of course, I also wanted to grow, build skills, land better clients, improve my site and see what else I could be doing online.

Stage 5: Choosing Your Ideal Destination and Moving There

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When I was making $1000/month from my blog and freelance writing services, and because the business was online, I finally felt like I could soon move away and start a new life.

The country I wanted to live in was the Netherlands. I already had friends there and knew it was the place to be for me. So I booked a place in Amsterdam with AirBnB and dedicated these 10 days to finding my new home.

I needed it to be affordable and in a good neighborhood and that’s exactly what I got.

Because I wanted to be there so much and worked hard for it, there hasn’t been a day since I moved that I didn’t wake up with a smile on my face.

That’s one of the main aspects of lifestyle design. Doing work you love and making just enough to be able to live the way you like.

Of course, Amsterdam isn’t cheap so I had to limit my expenses and change things.

Stage 6: Living The Location Independent Lifestyle

I did some traveling too. Spending 5 weeks in Thailand cost me a lot in terms of money (although it could have been cheaper too but I didn’t prepare well) and focus. But it’s safe to say these weeks have been the craziest and most adventurous ones in my life.

I might go back there, but that’s not necessary. I love my daily life too and don’t need an escape from that. The important thing about being a location independent freelance writer is that you have to enjoy the freedom of being where you are. And if you earned your chance to get there, it tastes even better.

Stage 7:  Mastering Working Remotely and From Home

Location independence and freelancing aren’t for everyone as it’s not easy, there are sacrifices to be made and plenty of challenges. One of them is getting distracted and not doing focused work on a daily basis.

One thing I did right though was to build some good productivity habits and eliminate procrastination and distractions early on. In fact, that was when I started making my first money as a freelance writer.

It’s nice to imagine how you can live and work from anywhere 6 months from now. But if you don’t build the discipline in advance and learn how to structure your day so you can do your best work, you won’t make it.

Here are some things that can help:

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Stage 8: Growing The Freelance Writing Business

My focus is on increasing my income now. I got to over $3500. These come from sponsored posts here on Let’s Reach Success and freelance writing for clients.

I’m working on other things too such as increasing book sales and building systems to earn passive income from affiliate marketing. But these don’t come naturally to me so it takes time.

So that’s how I became a location independent freelance writer and how you can do the same.

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