Feelings of insecurity and disappointment are inevitable in life. These feelings can hold you back in this life which is full of upsets and anxiety-provoking situations. The only way to survive is to build an impenetrable armour to the negativity life throws at you. From a young age we are introduced to the complexity of human relationships and expectations. We begin to realise the importance of mental strength in battling the adversity we face on a daily basis.
"To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment." - Ralph Waldo Emerson.
Making peace with the fact that you might not always be what the world wants you to be, or even what you want to be, is the first step. There will always be disappointment, there will be bumps along the way, and you won't always be sure of yourself. However, the man that succeeds is the man that persists.
In the words of Diane Arbus, "Regardless of how you feel inside, always try to look like a winner. Even if you are behind, a sustained look of control and confidence can give you a mental edge that results in victory."
Overcoming insecurity and disappointment is a battle fought entirely in the mind. Your understanding of who you are as a person determines your ability to form a sense-of-self - an identity - that trumps any form of doubt. That identity acts as a filter; blocking the white noise to help you focus on what's vital.
"We all have our limitations, but when we listen to our critics, we also have theirs." - Robert Breault.
Self-belief is crucial in overcoming insecurity and getting past disappointment. In conclusion, hark the words of Marie Curie, "Life is not easygoing for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and, above all, confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted with something, and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be attained."
Keep at it!