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Confidence Thoughts for a Better Life

Nov 16, 2021

When confidence is earned, it should be acknowledged, never self-diminished. 

Confidence can be a difficult thing to recognize and maintain.

This is true even for a doctor.

It takes a decade or longer for a person to become a doctor officially. And depending on the field of specialty or modes of training, it can take a few years more than a decade to become a doctor.

It takes over 41,000 study hours to become a doctor formally. And the average doctor will spend over $687,000 on medical school, training, and certifications to become a doctor.

And the average doctor could make over $5.2 million or more over the lifetime of their career.

However, that does not mean that being a doctor does not come without any downside. 

Over 30% of doctors deal with chronic and severe depression. Doctor-centric depression is over three times the national average and the most of any other working professionals.

Doctors have stressful jobs. The public expects most doctors to be right about diagnoses and be effective at their job 100% of the time. And there is a great expectation of doctors to be perfect as if they are not human.

Sometimes, it is hard to be positive as a doctor because there can be several setbacks for every medical success they achieve.

For example, doctors can’t save every patient that they treat. About 700,000 to 715,000 patients die in an American hospital every year. 

It’s worth noting that this estimate used to be as high as 776,000.

For additional context, about 35 million Americans go to a hospital every year. 

However, such contextualized statistics may not make the average doctor feel better. The stress and difficulty of being a doctor can significantly hamper levels of personal confidence. 

The burgeoning physician life coach industry is optimal for doctors to positively deal with the emotional and mental trauma of being a doctor.

An efficient way to cope with the stresses of the medical industry is to practice saying confidence-building daily thoughts.

How can this help stressed-out doctors?

Do you need help avoiding physician burnout? Contact physician life coach Deanna Larson M. D. today.

Related: People Pleasing: How Do I Stop Putting Myself Last?

How Do We Start To Look At Our Thoughts?

The typical human being has anywhere between 12,000 to 60,000 thoughts every day?

Unfortunately, over 80% of those thoughts are negative and emotionally unhelpful. While all negative thoughts are not bad, mentally wallowing in negative thoughts all the time dampens confidence.

And if there is one thing that a doctor needs all the time, it’s the confidence to do highly skilled and trained activities on the job.

One way to boost daily confidence in working for life for a doctor is to speak positive thoughts daily.  

The trick is, your brain needs to believe the thought and it needs to lead to a positive emotion.  Most of these can be brief powerful statements designed to give you positive subconscious control of your actions, reactions, habits, behavior, and mental outlook. If you just repeat something you don't actually believe it will most likely fall flat and not create any emotion. If you just repeat "I love my job. I love my job. I love my job" and that creates no positive feelings for you it will not have the needed effect.

When we mentally prioritize positive thoughts over negative thoughts we start to re-wire our brain.

Thinking all of the time negatively can adversely affect your mindset, actions, and interactions with others. Positive thoughts can help you reverse such behaviors. After all, positive thoughts and behaviors attract positivity.

And if that sounds a little like New Age wishful thinking, then know that scientific research has been conducted on the power of thoughts. One study suggests that 13% of people with heart disease who think positively often are less likely to die of heart disease relative to those who think negatively all the time.

The power of brief, strategically worded thoughts can help you to subconsciously reprogram your mind to be more positive and banish unnecessary negativity. 

Some find out helpful to look in a mirror or assume a meditative pose and repeat a positive phrase related to what you want to feel or do.

 What words should be used?

Can Changing Your Thoughts Boost Confidence?

There are scientific studies that suggest that repeating positive thoughts can work to boost confidence. However, just saying positive things won’t boost confidence. You must believe in the positivity you are uttering and then commit action to make it happen.

Neuroplasticity occurs when the brain rewires itself and rearranges neurons and synapses to accommodate changes in thinking and belief. It is not enough to believe that you can learn a new language or play the guitar; you must then have the confidence, positive belief, and action to attain such skills.

Negative thinking attracts negativity and negative actions. 

Positive thoughts boost confidence and convert negative thinking into positive thinking. 

Positive thinking, empowered by trained skills, boosts confidence and makes success more likely than not. 

What are some thoughts for confidence?

Want to boost your confidence? You should speak thoughts related to what you want to do and the confidence you want to feel. 

And always remember that positive thinking and positive speaking must be leveraged with positive actions.

Here are five positive thoughts you can say to yourself.

“I will grow and professionally evolve with every challenge.”

“I can set my mind to do anything I want to do.”

“I believe in my skills, and I believe in myself.”

“I have the power to do what is needed when the time comes.”

“I value myself.”

What are 5 positive thoughts?

Here are five powerful and positive spoken thoughts that you can use to boost your powers of positive thinking.

“I know I will make a difference today.”

“I am proud of my achievements and myself.”

“I will be very successful in everything I set out to do today.”

“I trust my intuition, skills, and myself to do what is needed when the moment comes.”

“My positive thinking will lead me straight to success.”

Can positive thoughts change your life?

There are documented scientific studies that show the power of positive thinking and it can rewire the brain via neuroplasticity.

And there is scientific evidence that suggests that human thinking includes over 80% of negative thoughts.

How would thinking negatively 80% of the time affect your mindset, skills, and interactions with people?

Positive thinking and uttering positive statementsccan change your life, but positive thinking must be fueled by action.

What are the most Powerful Thoughts?

Here are five of the most powerful thoughts:

“I can become anything I want.”

“I am grateful to live another day to do something great.”

“I deserved to be loved.”

“I forgive myself and banish all negative thoughts.”

“I am worthy enough to achieve my dreams.”

How do you build confidence?

Building confidence in self is a journey, not a destination.

You can start building confidence by getting enough exercise and sleep every day. Think optimistically about what you what to do and then follow through with positive actions.

Think long-term about ambitions and goals. And think realistically about how to plan and achieve those goals.

Monitor your progress in life with a journal and self-assess when needed. And believe that you can do what you set out to do.

Do you need guidance avoiding physician burnout? Contact physician life coach Deanna Larson M. D. today.

Related: Gratitude: How Gratitude Makes You Happier 

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