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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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