Our beliefs about ourselves radiate a magnetic attraction of self-fulfilling prophecy. In The Ultimate Sales Machine, American author, Chet Holmes, wrote, “Any statement you make to yourself begins in the subconscious as a thread of an idea. Each time you make a statement, the thread gets thicker. Say it to yourself a few more times and the thread turns to string, then rope, then bands of steel that absolutely obey the reality you create.”
The Importance of Self-Confidence
Self-confident children carry a certain poise that helps them get along in life. Rather than focusing on limits and shortcomings, they see the good, displaying a subtle but powerful belief in themselves. Even when they come up short or make mistakes, self-confident children accept and embrace themselves for who they are—with a healthy sense of pride—opening doors and minimizing resistance to new opportunities.
The Limitations of Saying “Can’t“
Four-year Anna exclaims, “Mommy, I can’t do it!” A smart maternal response might sound like, “Please say that differently without using the word can’t.” Anna might then say, “Mommy, can you please help me?” Mom might say “Yes,” or even better, she might ask an open-ended question about something she knows Anna CAN do. There are hundreds of ways to convey that we want to do something that appears difficult without using the word “can’t.” When we frame things with more carefully considered word choice, we breathe possibility into even the most challenging situations.
Help Children Develop Skills
One of the most effective ways to help children develop self-confidence is teach them the life skills they’ll need to solve their own problems. As they start creating solutions—without having to ask for help—they start believing in themselves.
Offer Words of Encouragement
It can be heartbreaking when children don’t seem to feel as special as we know they are. If children are struggling with self-esteem or self-confidence, we cannot let our words fail us. While learning important life skills might be the most efficient path to self-confidence, we can still convey heartfelt authentic proof that we see our child, and more importantly, that we value them with all of our hearts. A mother’s words, tone-of-voice, and body language all have a profound impact on her children’s self-confidence.
Flattery, over-praise, and ill-timed praise all do more harm than good. Uplift children by wisely and authentically sharing the most appropriate words at the most appropriate times…
“I believe in you.”
“Watching you grow is such a privilege.”
“Wow, that’s awesome, how did you even think of that?”
“I trust your instincts.
“Your hard work is really starting to pay off.”
“I know that you can do anything you set your mind to.”
“That’s a very clever way to solve that problem!”
“I appreciate your patience.”
“Your ideas are very important.”
“I’m so proud of you—that accomplishment was not easy—and you put in the hard work.”
“I love seeing your creativity.”
“Thank you for all the effort you put in.”
“I admire the thought that you put into helping others.”
“You fill our home with so much fun.”
“Your positivity helps everyone you cross paths with.”
“I knew you would make a good choice.”
“You contribute such great ideas to the family.”
“What do you think?”
“I’ve never thought of it that way.”
“Your kindness shines so bright.”
“You show amazing attention to detail.”
“I’m glad you shared your opinion.”
“Your smile is the best thing I’ve seen today.”
“That was a very courageous thing you did.”
“Your thoughtfulness makes a difference.”
“I’ve noticed how hard you’re working and it’s very impressive.”
“I know you can do it.
“This isn’t something that you can’t handle.”
“Just do your best.”
Roman statesman, Cicero, wrote, “If you have no confidence in self, you are twice defeated in the race of life. With confidence, you have won even before you have started.“ Self-confidence is a superpower. When we believe in ourselves, we possess a special kind of magic. By establishing a nurturing home environment and teaching children many of the skills they’ll need to solve their own problems in life, mothers help kids develop the self-confidence they’ll need to enjoy a bright future.
“We will know by this that we are of the truth, and will set our heart at ease before Him, that if our heart condemns us, that God is greater than our heart, and He knows all things. Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence before God; and whatever we ask, we receive from Him, because we keep His commandments and do the things that are pleasing in His sight.”
—1 John 3:19-22 NASB
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“We are all here for a purpose. We are more than enough. We just need to believe it.”
Too many of us miss out on opportunities in life because we lack self-confidence. Whether it’s public speaking, taking on a leadership role, or asking someone for a date, there are situations in which we just don’t feel equipped to handle the challenges we face. Rather than trying to “get over” our fears, he says, the secret is to form a new and wiser relationship with them.
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