Believing in yourself may be the hardest first step you’ll ever have to take—but it is the most necessary. Grow into yourself, literally, by taking time to plant those seeds and tend to them. Be compassionate to yourself—don’t be ashamed of being soft. Stop underestimating yourself. Yes, it is normal to take time to show your true colors, but you must ask yourself if this is because of comfort or self- doubt. Stop placing your self-worth into others' hands. Stop doubting your abilities. Give yourself permission to make mistakes, to be awkward and clumsy and weird.  Remember that first times and first impressions are not all that someone will be taking into consideration.