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Believe in yourself: 5 ways to be your own cheerleader

Always believe in yourself.

You can’t rely on others for your happiness, to support your efforts and goals in life, or to lift you up when you need a boost.

You have to start by believing in yourself and being your own best cheerleader.

I love Marathon Monday.  This year, especially, our capacity for compassion, generosity, excellence, and drive was on display in Boston.

While I have not run the Boston marathon (I’m not that speedy–yet!), I have run many races. The cheers and signs can make a huge difference in how your race turns out.

Here I am cheering for friends (with a broken toe) at the 2013 Rock ‘n Roll St. Pete half marathon.  I’d like to think that our cheers and smiles helped others to push themselves a bit further and smile a bit more brightly on the run.

Ultimately, however, race achievement is due to your own inner drive and your own belief in your ability to succeed.

We need to be our own best cheerleaders and always believe in ourselves the most. Because our love for US is what can allow us to truly soar higher and bigger than ever before.

Here’s five ways ways to be your own cheerleader: 


Set realistic goals. Aim high. Know what you want in life, don’t be afraid to ask for it, to go after it, and to believe that you are 100 percent worthy of success!


Sometimes we forget to give ourselves pats on the back. We climb a step, but are so busy looking to the stop of the staircase that we don’t remember to realize that we’re on a new level. Every step deserves to be acknowledged. Every step brings you closer to your goal, closer to your dream.

If you are on a weight loss program, you have to acknowledge when you feel better, when your pants fit better–even if the scale doesn’t say what you want it to.  If you are writing a book, every chapter, every sentence is worth being proud of.  Maybe your dream is to do a handstand in the middle of the room–the first time you kick up at the wall is worth celebrating.

Acknowledge when you are making strides along the way. Maybe you’re on mile 12 of your half marathon — you are almost done and that is awesome! Remember to tell yourself such. Because you are the person who talks to YOU the most. The thoughts in your head are powerful, let them be positive.


My friend has the running mantra of “one more mile, one more smile.” When the going gets tough, keep smiling! Smiling is proven to boost mood and reduce stress–plus, smiling is CONTAGIOUS! Smile big. Smile bright. Smile even when no one is watching. Smile RIGHT NOW!


It can be so tempting to stop. To give up. To say “I’m done with this” when you have no one but yourself to hold you accountable. These are the times we need persistence the most. Keep going, you can do it!!


Remember to #PassLove to YOU. Because when you love yourself, you allow others to love you and open yourself up to greatness. Need some inspiration on loving yourself today? Check out my post from earlier this month: five ways to love yourself today.

Plus, this quote always helps me to love me:

What are your favorite ways to #believe in yourself, #PassLove to you, and be your own cheerleader?


  • Nichole @ casadecrews.com

    April 22, 2014 at 8:05 am

    ALL great tips, once again 🙂

  • Vandana Dillon

    April 22, 2014 at 8:42 am

    Lora, I’m really enjoying your blog. Such a playful ,youthful, uplifting style of writing. Keep it up girl! 🙂

  • dancingtorunning.com

    April 22, 2014 at 1:01 pm

    I absolutely love this post! If you can’t cheer for yourself then you certainly can’t expect others to do the job.

  • Terence Young

    April 22, 2014 at 7:03 pm

    Great advice Lora. “Know what you want and believe you are worthy of it.” So, so true..Clarity is key in reaching our goals. We must be clear on what we want and believe in ourselves so that we can reach that goal. Thanks for another awesome post!! 🙂

    Train Healthy Be Wealthy

  • K.D. Brown

    May 16, 2014 at 9:16 am

    What great advice! I especially like the tip about recognizing each new level along the way. Keep it up!

  • Raffi Darrow

    August 7, 2014 at 1:22 pm

    when I was a junior in high school, a college admissions officer sat me down and gave me a talk about being my own cheerleader when applying to college. I grew up with most people in my circle knowing my whole extended family, and now had to present myself to total strangers with no preconceived ideas about me or my background. This was the perfect post to have my photo in! Thanks for the memory 🙂 It was timely considering in 2 weeks my daughters will be a senior and a junior in high school!