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New Year, New Habit: Learn to Believe in Yourself Again

Faith is defined as a belief in something without evidence. When it comes to having faith in yourself, it means believing in your abilities even when there is no evidence to support it. It's about trusting yourself and your instincts, even when things are tough.

Don’t underestimate the importance of having faith in your ability to overcome obstacles. Remember that you are capable of anything you set your mind to.

Whether you're facing a difficult challenge or embarking on a new adventure, believe you have the strength and determination to see it through. Life will always present challenges, but you can face them head-on once you stop doubting that you’ll overcome them. So choose to trust in yourself and your ability to overcome whatever life throws your way.

If you doubt yourself or are finding it hard to have faith in yourself, silence that negative voice, focus on your positive qualities, and think about all the times in your life when you’ve overcome adversity. Make a list so you can look at it often.

Remember that you are capable, smart and resilient. You can do anything you put your mind to, which means you can get through anything if you just believe in yourself.

It's also important to remember this: everyone makes mistakes. It's part of being human, but you can overcome anything if you decide you’re going to. If you do make a mistake, don't beat yourself up about it, learn from it and move on.

Everyone feels insecure sometimes, you’re not alone. It's normal to have doubts and to question yourself, but it's important not to let these doubts take over.

One way to overcome insecurity is to focus on your positive qualities. Make a list of all the things you like about yourself, and refer to it when you're feeling down. It's also important to practice self-compassion. Be gentle with yourself and cut yourself some slack. We all make mistakes, and we all have flaws – that's what makes us human.

Another way to overcome insecurity is to take action. If there's something you're afraid of, face your fear and do it anyway. It might be scary, but you'll feel so much better once you've conquered your fear.

Believe this—you ARE strong and capable, and you CAN overcome anything if you set your mind to it. When you have faith in yourself, it allows you to live life to the fullest and go after your dreams. So believe in yourself, and see what you're truly capable of!

Wendy Wood—the leading scientist on the nature of habit—provides the first scientifically grounded analysis of habit formation in Good Habits, Bad Habits: The Science of Making Positive Changes That Stick.

In this free course, you'll uncover Wood's knowledge about the complex processes behind habits and dive into the three bases for habit formation: context, repetition, and reward. You'll gain a toolkit for how to break unwanted habits and create new, desired ones. And you'll learn how to form and stick with habits that work with you, not against you.

This course is provided in partnership with Lovegevity University and the Next Big Idea Club. Click on the first lesson below—when you're ready to begin.

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