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7 powerful reasons to bet on yourself

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Would you ever bet on yourself when it comes to finding success in life? Even when you believe that you're the last person you should bet on, give yourself a chance! Here are 7 powerful reasons why you should invest in your own power.

You want to know the one person who will be there for you no matter what? Take a good, long look in the mirror. Yes, that person is you! You may have loyal friends and family, but there will be several instances where you will have to rely on your own wits and abilities to get you through.

You possess the capability to reach your dreams and more, despite what your self-doubt may have to say. It can be difficult to ignore the negative voices in your head, but you deserve the chance to bet on yourself. Here are seven powerful reasons why you should:

1. You learn to take calculated risks

Most people prefer guaranteed returns and minimal risk when making decisions in life. But not only is that unrealistic, it also means they are holding back on living out their dreams and attaining what they truly want. Yet when you bet on yourself, your mindset starts to change and every opportunity transforms into a challenge that must be overcome. You stop playing it safe, and you learn to calculate the risks against the reward. You begin believing that attaining the best result is possible.

2. You hold yourself to higher standards

Betting on yourself can also elevate your own standards. It is often said that we are our own worst critic, and this critical voice can be our tool to measure ourselves against a higher benchmark. You're understanding how to respect your own time and effort, so you won't waste these precious resources on things that won't help your career grow anymore.

3. You create more opportunities

Opportunities often stem from the help of others, but you can also make your own opportunities no need. Betting on yourself means you are not limited to waiting for the right opportunity to come by. Instead, you can create your own because you know your limits and capabilities enough to choose and discern the right opportunities as they pass by.

4. You allow yourself to reach for your dreams

Sometimes we ignore our dreams in exchange for pursuing a career that can provide for us and our loved ones. It's a sacrifice we're all familiar with, but in reality we don't have to live like this forever. Once you learn to bet on yourself, you begin to set course for a better job and for a more uplifting career that considers both your wants and needs.

5. You become irreplaceable at work

Your best investment is yourself; that's why whenever you choose to study a new skill or learn from a class, you are increasing your value, making yourself a very employable worker in the eyes of recruiters. Your position will be more secure than ever because you invested in expanding your skills and elevating your potential.

6. You attain better focus

As you start to assess how you can become a better professional, sibling, or parent, this inward focus makes you more adept in spotting your weaknesses and strengths. You know where you currently are and you also know where you want to be. All that is left for you to do is to draw a straight path between these two points, and then follow it.

7. You have a clearer vision of your future

When you make a bet on something, you don't do it blindly. You find out your chances of winning and any possible losses before you make a decision. And betting on yourself would mean that you have ensured a clear vision of your ultimate goal. With this, no distractions can lead you astray from your career path.

For most people, betting on ourselves tends to be the last resort. Some are forced to bet on themselves because there is no other choice, but we shouldn't rest on our natural tendency to underestimate and undersell ourselves. We urge you to make yourself the next one you bet on today. One's faith can make you strong, especially when it is derived from within.

Half the Sky's mission is to supply the tools that can give every woman the ability to build a successful career and be fully prepared for the future of work. So, that they can lead a healthy, prosperous and more balanced/blended lifestyle of their choosing.  By building your confidence, you’re setting foundations to empower yourself and your career.  The world is your oyster, and it starts with you. 

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