|Happiness is a Block of Cheese|
One of the keys to maintaining success is the mentality of it. It creates an illusion for not only myself, but those I meet. One of the keys to keeping people thinking about you is to appear to have something no one else has--especially some inner light no one else has. Even when things aren't going the best, I tell myself that they are. This isn't to say I'm deluding myself when I need to look for other options--I mean that I'm not letting the negative aspects of life get my attitude down.
Keeping myself peppy, confident, and with that go-getter attitude can be a challenge for me. I can easily fall victim to anxiety and have found myself battling long bouts of depression before. It's a self-destructive snowball effect and the worst part is you can see yourself letting things fall apart without being able to pull yourself together to do a damn thing about it.
For the majority of summer and a good portion of autumn, I was constantly pulling myself from being in one of those bad places. It was tough! And worst of all, I let the confident business owner side of myself slip a little and started to doubt my decisions and my methods.
Self doubt is the worst thing that can happen to any endeavor. A completely talentless person with confidence and charisma can have more success than a very talented one who doesn't have faith in themselves. Finding that "inner light" to help give you forward moving inertia is a challenge, but the rewards of it are many indeed. Success is a mentality, and holding on to that feeling through thick and thin can keep you afloat.