Progress is happening all the time, you just have to look for it. I know that some people react against this, because it challenges their world view and they are uncomfortable with it.
Careless questions tend to produce dull answers. But beware. When you respond to something that is routine and customary in the same way, you may be missing an opportunity AND doing yourself down.
If you are like me you probably have a number of catch-phrases that act as get-out clauses or conversation-stoppers. "It's complicated" is one of them.
Experts are everywhere which is handy when you need one. The trouble is, it can tend to erode your confidence and lead you to underestimate your own abilities.
Being afraid of failure can motivate us, up to a point. When the fear becomes our companion it stifles initiative and creativity, saps our confidence and destroys morale. Getting over our fear of failure makes confidence and success more likely.
Common sense says that the crowd knows best, but is that so? Conformity is easy, but it can mean missed opportunities. Of course, doing the opposite of what is expected takes courage, but then so does fighting to be noticed among the crowd.
Being comfortable with setback, the possibility of rejection and even failure may be an advantage and a critical factor in achievement and success. Once we embrace failure as a part of the path to success we free ourselves from its drag and can invest more fully in creativity.
By sharing the stories that inspire us, we can help promote resilience in others. In this article from Positive News the author explains how to use a narrative structure to highlight aspects of tragedy that might otherwise be missed.
Little failures teach us a lot. They help with mental conditioning and developing resilience.
Telling yourself good stuff about yourself seems, intuitively, like a good idea. It is supposed to help you feel good, or better, about yourself, and to gradually build self-esteem. But this only works if the statements – or 'affirmations' – are believable. Far fetched inspirational statements seem like a good idea, but they can actually have the opposite effect.