Looking Back: On Confidence

Facebook’s “On this Day” is the worst and best thing that has happened. On most days, I am reminded on the cringe-worthy teen I was 7 years ago. I read my old status updates and wonder, “Who the hell let me have a Facebook?” But, today, I was reminded of a “note” (Facebook’s equivalent of a blog post back in the day) I wrote on confidence. I have been writing for a long time, but it still surprises me when Facebook reminds me of an anecdote I published and shared for my timeline to read. I read this post this morning and was very proud of 18 year old Lisa. I am not confident like this every day, but this mantra is something I have carried since then, and will continue to do so for the rest of my life.

Confidence

It is something I have a lot of. I know I am pretty. I know I am lovely. I know I am awesome. I know I am smart. I know I am successful now and will always be. Others can call it being cocky, conceited, or full of it. But that doesn’t phase me. I know that confidence is the key to getting whatever I want. It took me a while to realize that the biggest threat I could ever have was myself. That by hating myself, by being negative towards myself, doubting myself and my abilities I was only setting myself up for failure. All those things would inevitably prevent me from getting where I needed to go. That the negativity would paralyze me before I got out and tried. For that reason I now hold my head up high, remind myself that I, Elisabeth Tejada, am beautiful, lovely, awesome, smart, and talented. I remind myself that the only thing that could ever stop me is myself. I remind myself that with patience, hard work, and love (for myself) I can achieve anything. I can get whatever I want, whoever I want, anything my heart desires. The world is at my fingertips, I just have to reach out and grab it… 

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