Self-Assessment Quiz True or False:

  1. I shake sometimes from fear thinking about what to do next in my career.
  2. I know what I WANT to do.
  3. I know HOW to get what I want.
  4. I believe I CAN do whatever needs to be done.

One thing I know to be true: There is nothing, NOTHING, worse than wanting something but feeling absolutely hopeless about how to get it. Especially when it comes to your career.

Whether you want to get your first job so you can move out of your Aunt Gertie’s basement, earn six figures, own a franchise, or become president of the United States, the fear of not knowing the “HOW TO” can paralyze you.

So, er, um … how about you don’t start with the “HOW.” Start with “I CAN” instead.

If you took the self-assessment quiz above, and you answered TRUE to question #4, you’re already primed for success. If not, you aren’t ready for change.  Yep, you heard me right. Your very first step should be to get your head in the game.

Sound too simple to be true? Think of fear as your paralyzing kryptonite and action as your antidote. Action is the antidote to despair. I learned that a long time ago from my good friend, Lisa Nichols.

The teeny-weeny act of believing in yourself when you can’t, don’t know how to, or won’t do anything else literally gives you the strength to take the next teeny-weeny step. And then the next one. And the next. Get it? You don’t have to figure this all out at once! Lord, help us! If we tried to do that, we’d get NOWHERE really fast. And we’d stay stuck there. The next thing you know, January has come and gone, it’s December, and you’re still feeling stuck. In the same crappy or invisible job. And not understanding why. It’s because you didn’t believe in yourself, sweetie.

You CAN believe in you. You don’t need anyone’s permission to do so. It’s free and accessible 24/7.

You can do it anytime. Anywhere. As often as you like. Five, six, 600 times a day.

  1. Just stop.
  2. Close your eyes.
  3. Take a deep breath.
  4. Hold it.
  5. Think, “I. CAN. DO. THIS.”
  6. Exhale.
  7. Repeat.
  8. Now do it again. And again. And again.

You don’t even have to know what “this” is. Just taking one small step towards believing in yourself is sometimes all it takes course correct Try it right now. Throughout this week. Then meet me back here next week. Same time. Same place. Don’t forget to bring your I CAN mindset. You’re going to need it. We’ve got work to do.


  • Julie Belcher

    I am so ready to reveal JulieRussell2.0Belcher a combination of the next level of my former self pre-kids and marriage and the more mature experienced version ! These tips will definitely help me ease on down my yellow brick road !!

    • Powerful Penny

      Julie, I know how easy it is to lose ourselves in our families — especially our children. But remember we have to place our own oxygen masks on first if we’re going to be better positioned to help those who rely on us. I love the concept of taking small bites towards our goals. They advance us without adding to the overwhelm! Check back every Monday for new tips. Try our upcoming Vision Board Workshop too. The clearer our intentions are the more direct of a path we can take getting there!

  • Monica Narvaez

    Thank you for this article, it is helpful to remind ourselves to believe in ourselves because if we don’t no one else will. Also, the breathing and mediating helps too!

    • Powerful Penny

      Yes girl! Keep breathing and meditating! Lol. Positive affirmations help as well. I’m proud of what you’ve already set your mind to accomplish!

  • Veronica Cook

    Thank you for this motivation. I have always believed that I’m self motivated with the help of God but it’s always wonderful when he puts wonderful and powerful people in your path to help encourage you to keep moving towards your goals. We all have goals and I’m always on the move towards reaching them. Thanks for the positive PUSH. Hugs

    • Powerful Penny

      So happy you are finding this helpful! I look forward to hearing from you as you make progress on manifesting your dreams. Happy 2018!

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