Confidence means, "the feeling or belief that one can rely on someone or something; firm trust, the state of feeling certain about the truth of something, or a feeling of self-assurance arising from one's appreciation of one's own abilities or qualities."
Confidence cannot be bought or borrowed, it is something from within, it asks you a question as to what you believe about yourself. When you are confident in yourself, you don't need someone else to validate who you are, you already know and show up with that belief. Having self-confidence reaches down in the depth of a person's soul (mind, will, and emotions) and shows on the outside to others. When someone does not know your worth, does not make you worthless, it just means that they are ignorant to what you are worth. What do you think about yourself? Do you feel good about who you are? If not, what do you plan to do to change that narrative? Today you can make a decision to make yourself a priority and become who you are supposed to be in this world and being timid is not going to get you what you want. Self-esteem is defined as "a confidence and satisfaction in oneself : SELF-RESPECT." (https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/self-esteem) To become successful this week and any other day starts with how you feel about yourself. Learn things and become proficient and gain confidence, then take a chance on yourself, because if you don't, who will?
Monique Lyn elle Gray
Bright is defined as a "giving out or reflecting a lot of light; shining, or (of a person, idea, or remark) intelligent and quick-witted." And future is defined as "the time or a period of time following the moment of speaking or writing; time regarded as still to come, or at a later time; going or likely to happen or exist." When I think about a bright future, I think about something that is undeniably successful. It is great to know that the very things you learn through experience and absorb throughout life, you can reflect light without the dark, pain, or shadows to cover the good that you gleaned from your trials. Choose to allow your light to shine bright and reach for your future, which doesn't require putting others down, or being concerned with what others say about you. You can shine bright, you can be your best. Do your part in being your best self, because if you do not, who will? Shine bright!
Monique Lyn elle Gray
U.S. Army Core Values
Loyalty. "Bear true faith and allegiance to the U.S. Constitution, the Army, your unit and other Soldiers."
Duty. "Fulfill your obligations."
Respect. "Treat people as they should be treated."
Selfless Service. "Put the welfare of the Nation, the Army and your subordinates before your own."
Honor. "Live up to Army values."
Integrity. "Do what’s right, legally and morally."
Personal Courage. "Face fear, danger or adversity (physical or moral)."
Happy Birthday Army! It was great to be able to serve the country and thanks for your service to all of the service members! Be encouraged to make wise decisions in the face of adversity, knowing it is honorable to protect and serve.
Monique Lyn elle Gray, US Army Veteran
Overcome means "to succeed in dealing with (a problem or difficulty), or defeat (an opponent); prevail, and (of an emotion) overpower or overwhelm." When I think about overcoming, I have to think. I think overcoming starts with a thought. A stategic plan that will help me get over a hump. I plug in to my will to survive, so that I can thrive. I have so much I would like to accomplish, but there is so much I have accomplished, because I am an overcomer. The thing is that there are a whole lot of people that are overcomer's also, but you have to decide if you are going to allow others to dictate where you are going to be or who you are supposed to be. Some things might take longer to accomplish, but once you finish it, you will be relieved, because you knew what it took to accomplish that thing. Sometimes I have to think beyond my weak moments to get to the next moment. I have to be thankful for my now, then I have to set new goals to push myself forward, and then go for it. To be an overcomer, you have to push past the adversity that stands in your way. When you haven't had any struggles or obstables, you cannot even consider yourself an overcomer. So, remember, when you desire to be great, or to be successful, you are going to have test, obstacles, and hills to climb in life. Don't be surprised when you have haters, when you are tired, when people say bad things about you, because that is a part of the process. To overcome, it means to give yourself a chance to win by making priorities that will get you to a goal. You have to face fear, adversity, strife, doubt, failure to overcome. Pick and choose your battles and you can win the war. Decide what is worth fighting for and go for the things that matter. Overcome today!
Written by Monique Lyn elle Gray