There are many benefits to believing in yourself. Think about the person in your life or at work who has a strong belief in their abilities--in their self. You will note that they seem to accomplish a lot daily. They have tons of energy, fulfilling their to-do list with a lot less procrastinating. And, they are just nice people--less likely to judge others and much more likely to encourage them instead.

Wouldn't it be wonderful to truly believe in yourself and be that person you look up to? Here are 7 ways to begin the journey of believing in yourself.

1. Be realistic about your goals

Accomplishing goals makes us feel good about ourselves. Setting goals that are achievable on a daily and weekly basis sets us on the path toward success and the belief that we can accomplish great things.

2. Surround yourself with positivity

When you keep the company of those who bring you down, you aren't going to feel good about yourself. Surround yourself with positive and generally happy people and rid yourself of as much negativity as possible--like that friend who never has a positive thing to say.

3. Acknowledge accomplishments and passions

Every time you accomplish something--no matter how trivial it may seem at first--acknowledge that you have completed something. And, think about those things you really enjoy doing and acknowledge them by indulging in your passions as often as possible.

4. Share what you have to offer

Are you an expert at something? Most of us have at least one thing that we are passionate about and very good at. Share your expertise with someone else--helping others learn a new skill strengthens our belief in ourselves.

5. Reach for the stars

As clich as it may sound, go for that reach job or learn that extremely difficult skill you have been putting off because it seems much too difficult. Even if you don't succeed in reaching the farthest star, you are sure to catch something extremely rewarding on the way down from all that effort.

6. Don't be afraid to speak up

If you have a question or need clarification, speak up. If you are seeing another way a system within your office can work more efficiently, tell someone.

7. And take care of yourself--you're important

This one is so important because you are. Believing in yourself comes down to you and taking your journey through life on your terms. Set boundaries that you are comfortable with, take care of your body, continue to learn, and, most importantly, surround yourself with family and friends that love and support you no matter what.