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10 Actions You Can Take To Boost Your Self-Confidence

10 Actions You Can Take To Boost Your Self-Confidence

Being self-confident is about a feeling of trust in one’s abilities, qualities, and judgement. People who are self-confident will immediately stand out from other people and they know that they belong – everywhere they go.  Building your self-confidence requires work and I want to share 10 actions that will help you on a daily basis.

1. Get a good night’s sleep

Make sure you go to bed early and wake up early.  Allowing your body to have a good night’s rest will help you feel more grounded and be ready for whatever the day may bring.

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2. Set the first hour of your morning to be “The Golden Hour”

This is the first hour after you wake up where you are setting your mindset up with a positive mental attitude. In this hour you could read something positive, watch a motivational video or listen to a podcast, take a walk, have a mindful cup of coffee or tea.  It’s all about putting yourself first.

3. Exercise 20-30 minutes per day

Exercising doesn’t have to be a gruelling hour long chore that most people dread.  Try exercising daily for just 20-30 minutes and see how it will help to boost you self-confidence.  As you begin to see your body change your attitude towards yourself and your life will become more positive.

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4. Meditate for 10 minutes

Meditation can be quite scary as people often think it takes expert concentration but there are many forms of meditation.  This is about creating 1-2-1 time with yourself and your thoughts. You can do this by going for a walk or just sitting in a quiet room and the greatest thing is that you only need 10 minutes.

5. Write & complete 3 ‘Acts of will’

This is where you write down 3 things that you absolutely have to do by the end of the day for example: picking up dinner, finishing the report at work, making phone calls, or booking a holiday. By accomplishing these tasks, you feel a great sense of achievement in your day and you will have 3 less things off your list.

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6. Keep your negative thoughts at bay

We all have that negative voice in our minds that constantly tells us what we shouldn’t be doing. By giving this negative voice a name (anything you like ie. Foxy, Bob, Gremlin), you are taking the power away from the negative thoughts and it allows you to tell it to be quiet!

7. Dress to Impress

How you dress can have an impact on how other people see you. So when you put on some make up and dress smartly you are not only looking good on the outside, but you are also boosting your confidence on the inside.

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8. Change a small habit daily

We all get caught up in our little routines of going to work the same way, having a cake with afternoon tea, and so on. But by changing one small habit a day, you will not only kick yourself out of your comfort zone – it will help you to see things in a different way.

9. Write an ‘act of grace’

Keep a gratitude journal so that at the end of every day you write 1 great thing that happened to you. This is a personal thing for you, so it doesn’t matter how big or small it is.  It only matters that it made you feel good.

10. Celebrate your achievement

This is something we always forget to do.  We are very good at punishing ourselves for things that have gone wrong, but we don’t always thank ourselves for the ‘jobs well done’.  So make it a point to give yourself a daily/weekly/monthly/yearly treat as you accomplish all the things you want in your life.

Featured photo credit: anieto2k via flickr.com

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Last Updated on January 18, 2019

7 Ways To Deal With Negative People

7 Ways To Deal With Negative People

Some people will have a rain cloud hanging over them, no matter what the weather is outside. Their negative attitude is toxic to your own moods, and you probably feel like there is little you can do about it.

But that couldn’t be farther from the truth.

If you want to effectively deal with negative people and be a champion of positivity, then your best route is to take definite action through some of the steps below.

1. Limit the time you spend with them.

First, let’s get this out of the way. You can be more positive than a cartoon sponge, but even your enthusiasm has a chance of being afflicted by the constant negativity of a friend.

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In fact, negativity has been proven to damage your health physically, making you vulnerable to high levels of stress and even cardiac disease. There’s no reason to get hurt because of someone else’s bad mood.

Though this may be a little tricky depending on your situation, working to spend slightly less time around negative people will keep your own spirits from slipping as well.

2. Speak up for yourself.

Don’t just absorb the comments that you are being bombarded with, especially if they are about you. It’s wise to be quick to listen and slow to speak, but being too quiet can give the person the impression that you are accepting what’s being said.

3. Don’t pretend that their behavior is “OK.”

This is an easy trap to fall into. Point out to the person that their constant negativity isn’t a good thing. We don’t want to do this because it’s far easier to let someone sit in their woes, and we’d rather just stay out of it.

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But if you want the best for this person, avoid giving the false impression that their negativity is normal.

4. Don’t make their problems your problems.

Though I consider empathy a gift, it can be a dangerous thing. When we hear the complaints of a friend or family member, we typically start to take on their burdens with them.

This is a bad habit to get into, especially if this is a person who is almost exclusively negative. These types of people are prone to embellishing and altering a story in order to gain sympathy.

Why else would they be sharing this with you?

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5. Change the subject.

When you suspect that a conversation is starting to take a turn for the negative, be a champion of positivity by changing the subject. Of course, you have to do this without ignoring what the other person said.

Acknowledge their comment, but move the conversation forward before the euphoric pleasure gained from complaining takes hold of either of you.

6. Talk about solutions, not problems.

Sometimes, changing the subject isn’t an option if you want to deal with negative people, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still be positive.

I know that when someone begins dumping complaints on me, I have a hard time knowing exactly what to say. The key is to measure your responses as solution-based.

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You can do this by asking questions like, “Well, how could this be resolved?” or, “How do you think they feel about it?”

Use discernment to find an appropriate response that will help your friend manage their perspectives.

7. Leave them behind.

Sadly, there are times when we have to move on without these friends, especially if you have exhausted your best efforts toward building a positive relationship.

If this person is a family member, you can still have a functioning relationship with them, of course, but you may still have to limit the influence they have over your wellbeing.

That being said, what are some steps you’ve taken to deal with negative people? Let us know in the comments.

You may also want to read: How to Stop the Negative Spin of Thoughts, Emotions and Actions.

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