Confidence is the purest expression of love, for oneself and others. It reflects unbridled ambition and limitless potential for who we are and everything we dream to become.
We are not necessarily born confident; a series of life experiences and perceptions create the nest egg of our self-understanding. Sometimes we feel confident in certain realms and not others: For me, as a teenager, it was always about academics and sports—never about me for me. Yet, as life unfolds and we become willing to go along with it, we unearth new talents, new confidence reserves, a new potential to love ourselves and others.
So what’s wrong with being confident? Nothing—at least in my I.AM.YOU. RETOX book. In fact, I firmly believe in increasing your confidence, and using yoga, nourishment, mindset and music as tools to help you. Do not worry about the overanalyzed ego. The ego is merely a charade to coverup for the confidence we lack. Instead, focus on what makes you feel strong on the inside, so that you can go love yourself and everyone else on the outside.
We all go through phases of not being confident enough, thinking we suck and that, as a result, no one loves or respects us. We also pass through phases of overconfidence that usually end with us getting metaphorically slapped. If you tune in every day in some way—be it a few minutes of yoga, breathing or just letting your mind wander—you can usually get back to that root of you, as hidden as it may be, and unearth the tenacity that has made you “you” for all these years.
Like you, I am on a journey of confidence and love, love and confidence. If and when you get knocked down, just remember that we all do—it is an inherent and essential step to living in all your brilliance and glory.
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