Confidence is a powerful tool and life skill. Once you harness positive energy and confidence, and believe what you want is attainable, you begin to make it happen for yourself. It can truly mean the difference between succeeding and (unnecessarily) accepting defeat.
Megan Sappington, yoga teacher of 20 years and owner of The Yoga Studio in Jefferson City, Mo., is a brilliant example of August’s life skill, confidence. Megan spoke to the HALO staff this month regarding the life skill and how confidence is not only key to excelling in her studio, but is an important force in our daily lives.
In her practice, Megan follows the four Universal Truths, which she believes are directly correlated to confidence. They are as follows:
- Set an intention
- Make a plan.
- Do the work honestly and to the best of your ability
- Push yourself to complete the task at hand; do your best.
- Let go of how you think it should turn out
- Release expectations of how you believe something should be.
- Celebrate when things go your way
- Give yourself permission to acknowledge your hard work.
These truths can be thought of as a mental rehearsal that begins with setting the intention to encourage positive thought and confidence. According to Megan, setting an intention to achieve something is absolutely crucial to manifesting it and has even been scientifically proven to work to drive positive results in many cases.
To inspire confidence within, it is important to set into motion a positive chain of events starting with setting an intention. Then, you can bring that positive feeling out into the world. After all, as Megan says, if you don’t let the universe know what you want, how will it know to manifest it for you?
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine as children do. It’s not just in some of us; it is in everyone. And as we let our own lights shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” -Marianne Williamson, Author, Lecturer