“My life is my message.” Mahatma Gandhi
Mohandas Gandhi, titled Mahatma, or great soul, is perhaps the most revered figure of the twentieth century. He was an immensely influential political and spiritual leader who achieved India’s independence from Britain during a long and difficult campaign of non-violence.
His gentleness and wisdom are remembered and continue to influence millions of people today.
21 of his sayings are repeated here, grouped under three headings: LIFE, ACTION and HEALTH/HAPPINESS. How can you use these Gandhi quotes to boost your confidence? Copy your favorite from each section onto a sticky note. Place them where you’ll read them every day. They’ll give you encouragement to believe in yourself and to build on your self-confidence. Maybe you, too, can change even one little thing in this world for the better.
LIFE Gandhi quotes to boost your confidence.
1. “There is more to life than increasing its speed.”Advertising
2. “Man becomes great exactly in the degree in which he works for the welfare of his fellow-men.”
3. “The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.”
4. “Man should forget his anger before he lies down to sleep.”
5. “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”
6. “The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world’s problems.”Advertising
7. “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”
ACTION Gandhi quotes to boost your confidence.
8. “Action expresses priorities.”
9. “To give pleasure to a single heart by a single act is better than a thousand heads bowing in prayer.”
10. “Glory lies in the attempt to reach one’s goal and not in reaching it.”
11. “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.”Advertising
12. “Whatever you do may seem insignificant to you, but it is most important that you do it.”
13. “Action is no less necessary than thought to the instinctive tendencies of the human frame.”
14. “In a gentle way, you can shake the world.”
HEALTH and HAPPINESS Gandhi quotes to boost your confidence.
15. “It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.”
16. “Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.”Advertising
17. “A man is but the product of his thoughts. What he thinks, he becomes.”
18. “Each one has to find his peace from within.”
19. “As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world . . . as in being able to remake ourselves.”
20. “Always aim at purifying your thoughts and everything will be well.”
21. “There is nothing that wastes the body like worry.”
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Last Updated on August 16, 2018
10 Ways To Step Out Of Your Comfort Zone And Enjoy Taking Risks
The ability to take risks by stepping outside your comfort zone is the primary way by which we grow. But we are often afraid to take that first step.
In truth, comfort zones are not really about comfort, they are about fear. Break the chains of fear to get outside. Once you do, you will learn to enjoy the process of taking risks and growing in the process.
Here are 10 ways to help you step out of your comfort zone and get closer to success:
1. Become aware of what’s outside of your comfort zone
What are the things that you believe are worth doing but are afraid of doing yourself because of the potential for disappointment or failure?
Draw a circle and write those things down outside the circle. This process will not only allow you to clearly identify your discomforts, but your comforts. Write identified comforts inside the circle.
2. Become clear about what you are aiming to overcome
Take the list of discomforts and go deeper. Remember, the primary emotion you are trying to overcome is fear.
How does this fear apply uniquely to each situation? Be very specific.
Are you afraid of walking up to people and introducing yourself in social situations? Why? Is it because you are insecure about the sound of your voice? Are you insecure about your looks?
Or, are you afraid of being ignored?
3. Get comfortable with discomfort
One way to get outside of your comfort zone is to literally expand it. Make it a goal to avoid running away from discomfort.
Let’s stay with the theme of meeting people in social settings. If you start feeling a little panicked when talking to someone you’ve just met, try to stay with it a little longer than you normally would before retreating to comfort. If you stay long enough and practice often enough, it will start to become less uncomfortable.
4. See failure as a teacher
Many of us are so afraid of failure that we would rather do nothing than take a shot at our dreams.
Begin to treat failure as a teacher. What did you learn from the experience? How can you take that lesson to your next adventure to increase your chance of success?
Many highly successful people failed plenty of times before they succeeded. Here’re some examples:
5. Take baby steps
Don’t try to jump outside your comfort zone, you will likely become overwhelmed and jump right back in.
Take small steps toward the fear you are trying to overcome. If you want to do public speaking, start by taking every opportunity to speak to small groups of people. You can even practice with family and friends.
Take a look at this article on how you can start taking baby steps:
6. Hang out with risk takers
There is no substitute for this step. If you want to become better at something, you must start hanging out with the people who are doing what you want to do and start emulating them. (Here’re 8 Reasons Why Risk Takers Are More Likely To Be Successful).
Almost inevitably, their influence will start have an effect on your behavior.
7. Be honest with yourself when you are trying to make excuses
Don’t say “Oh, I just don’t have the time for this right now.” Instead, be honest and say “I am afraid to do this.”
Don’t make excuses, just be honest. You will be in a better place to confront what is truly bothering you and increase your chance of moving forward.
8. Identify how stepping out will benefit you
What will the ability to engage in public speaking do for your personal and professional growth? Keep these potential benefits in mind as motivations to push through fear.
9. Don’t take yourself too seriously
Learn to laugh at yourself when you make mistakes. Risk taking will inevitably involve failure and setbacks that will sometimes make you look foolish to others. Be happy to roll with the punches when others poke fun.
If you aren’t convinced yet, check out these 6 Reasons Not to Take Life So Seriously.
10. Focus on the fun
Enjoy the process of stepping outside your safe boundaries. Enjoy the fun of discovering things about yourself that you may not have been aware of previously.
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