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7 Things You Can Learn Today to Build Your Confidence and Self-Esteem

7 Things You Can Learn Today to Build Your Confidence and Self-Esteem

Confidence is in short supply in our society today.

Most of us underestimate our abilities and spend too much time caring about what other people think.

Ironically, our self-esteem tends to be at its lowest when we’ve achieved very little in a category, and also when we’ve had high achievements.

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    This tells us two things:

    1. Most of us deserve to have a higher self-esteem than what we already feel right now
    2. Self-esteem and confidence are subjective, and can be shifted by changing how we think

    Since our mindset is the key factor driving our confidence and self-esteem, let’s talk about 7 things you can learn today to build confidence.

    1. Meditation

    Meditation has been a long standing tradition in many asian countries like Japan and China, but it has recently been gaining popularity in Western countries too.

    Many high-level CEOs, business leaders, and athletes have reaped the benefits of meditation, and so should you.

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    Meditation helps us reduce our anxiety levels, increases our productivity, and even improves our memories. This clarity in our mind helps us make better decisions, feel less stress during the day, and yes — boost our confidence!

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      2. Public Speaking

      Many people have said that the fear of public speaking is bigger than the fear of death.

      The reason, according to one psychologist, comes from our ancestors.
      For millions of years, humans roamed in groups in order to fend off life-threatening risks, such as large predators and starvation. The great part about this is that it’s the underlying reason why humans are still social today.

      But it also means that anything threatening our status of being included in a group seems very risky to us. This is why we’re fascinated by great public speakers that can win over an audience, because it’s something we can’t fathom doing ourselves.

      Once you understand this human desire, you can use it to your advantage by working on your public speaking skills. A great place to start is to record videos of yourself, talking about a topic that interests you, and uploading it publicly when you’re ready. Another place we recommend is checking out your local Toastmasters meet up, where you’ll be surrounded by a supportive group of people.

      3. Growth Mindset

      Do you have a glass ceiling that’s limiting you?

      This is why Carol Dweck, bestselling author of Mindset, calls a fixed mindset. Someone with a fixed mindset seeks success as affirmation for intelligence, versus a growth mindset, which thrives on challenge and sees failure not as evidence of unintelligence but as a catalyst for growth and stretching beyond our existing abilities.

      While an obstacle may lead to lower self-esteem or confidence for someone with a fixed mindset, it only fuels a person with a growth mindset.

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        4. Foreign Language

        Learning a new language is no trip in the park, which is why it’s so rewarding when you make progress.

        I remember when I first learned Spanish. There was a thrill of excitement and confidence that ran through my body, because I could now speak to someone that I could have never been able to before.

        Most of us are limited to only one language, which puts a ceiling on the amount of cultural experiences we can have, career opportunities, and most importantly, people we can build a relationship with.

        But the simple act of committing to learn a new language, can be a game-changer to build confidence, because we’re setting out to take on a form of communication that few around us have the ability to understand.

        That’s powerful.

        Luckily for us, we don’t need to travel to the other side of the world to immerse ourselves in a language. Websites like Rype, provide unlimited private language lessons (for Spanish) online at the comforts of your own home.

        There’s no excuse not to know another language in the multicultural world we live in.

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          5. Starting a Business

          Creating a business from scratch is like having a baby. And as the baby gets bigger, you have to now overlook other people who are taking care of the baby with you.

          These people depend on you for putting food on their family’s tables and paying their bills every single month.

          Talk about pressure, right?

          Yes, starting a business is tough. But after starting several online businesses, I can personally share that it’s one of the most fulfilling things you can do.
          When you wake up everyday with the mission to serve someone or something that’s beyond yourself, what other people think of you starts to matter less and less.

          Even if you’re starting a business as a solo entrepreneur, you have to think beyond yourself, because you have clients, customers, and users to accommodate.

          6. Selling

          We’ve all heard of this used car salesman term. Some people jump across to the other side of the room when they hear the word “selling.”

          It comes off sleazy or dirty, and when asked to do it themselves, they’re uncomfortable at the thought of it.

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          Let’s face it, all of us could use some form of sales skills. Whether it’s to win over a client, receive a promotion, or even persuade our friends to watch one movie over another.

          Most importantly, selling skills train you to look at the world from someone else’s perspective. When you’re focusing less on yourself, but rather the person sitting on the other side of the table, your self-consciousness diminishes almost immediately.

          7. Weight Lifting

          Lifting weights to build confidence is nothing new.

          You’ve probably seen inspiring videos of people losing 50lbs, and how it has transformed their lives.

          Beyond the obvious benefits, weight lifting contributes heavily to our mental health. It improves our blood circulation, which in turn increases our energy levels and overall happiness. Moreover, studies have shown that it also improves our cognitive functions, such as our attention, memory, and decision making.

          How do you build confidence?

          Have you tried all of these strategies to build confidence yet?
          If not, which will you commit to trying out in the next 30 days?

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          Sean is the founder and CEO of Rype, a language learning app. He's an entrepreneur and blogger.

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          Last Updated on November 3, 2020

          20 Best Mac Apps for Productivity You Need in 2020

          20 Best Mac Apps for Productivity You Need in 2020

          Whether you use your Mac for work or just for your personal projects, you’ve likely found yourself wondering how to improve your productivity. There are only so many hours in a day, and so much mental stamina you can muster before you run out.

          There are dozens of tricks you can use to improve your own productivity and outlook, but if you’re looking for a more objective, comprehensive fix, the best thing to do is equip your Mac with productivity apps designed to help you do more in less time.

          This Lifehack-exclusive list has some of the best productivity apps to help you feel less tired, improve your energy, and ultimately help you get more done every day.

          What Makes For the Best Productivity Apps?

          Beyond productivity tips, there are dozens of productivity apps to choose from too. With that in mind, here are some of the core aspects of ideal productivity apps that have formed this list.

          • Non-intrusive – you want a productivity app to weave seamlessly into your workflow and not cause disruptions. From using the app to the overall display, it shouldn’t cause any interruptions.
          • Good interface – Again, you want to be able to use these apps easily and have them benefit you. The easier you can navigate around these apps, the better.
          • Fair pricing – Many of these have free trials that allow you a good chance to test before you buy. If you do decide to pay for it, the monthly pricing plans should be reasonable for what you are getting.

          1. Todoist

            Available for all iOS devices, Todoist is a note-taking and organization app that can keep you on top of all your projects—both personal and professional.

            Its best features are all free to use, including browser extensions, task creation, and interactive boards you can use to organize all your notes.

            If you want to pay the optional $29 yearly fee, you can get even more advanced features like backups and automatic reminders. Even with the free version, you’ll stay far more organized.

            Download: Todoist

            2. 1Password

              You may not realize it, but you probably spend a ton of time recalling your passwords, especially if and when you forget one to an app you use on a regular basis.

              1Password is an app for Mac that saves and remembers all your passwords for you in one place, so you can access all your favorite sites with a single click.

              You’ll save time and keep all your accounts secure simultaneously. A personal plan is $2.99 per month.

              Download: 1Password

              3. Bear

                Bear is a unique kind of note-taking app designed to make it easier for Mac users to jot down notes on the go. With it, you can create to-do lists, give yourself reminders, and outline concepts for future brainstorming sessions.

                It comes with many different inline styles so you can customize your notes to your personal preferences, and remember the context in which you wrote them. The core version is free, with a $14.99 per year version available as well.

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                Download: Bear

                4. Hazel

                  Hazel by noodlesoft is an automated organization tool designed for Mac that will help you automatically organize your files based on any custom rules you want to create.

                  For example, you can set it to move untouched items from one folder into another folder labeled “action items” if they haven’t been addressed within a week. It can save you hours of organization over the course of a few weeks. A single license is a flat $32.

                  Download: noodlesoft

                  5. Alfred

                    Alfred is an all-in-one app designed to save you time with Mac shortcuts and convenient custom actions. You can use it in a variety of ways.

                    For example, you can access Alfred’s clipboard memory so you don’t copy and paste the same material over and over, or set up custom workflows to automate some of your most repetitive tasks.

                    It’s a paid app, with multiple price points based on the features you desire.

                    Download: Alfred

                    6. TextExpander

                      TextExpander does exactly what the name suggests; it allows you to type a short snippet of text, and expand that text automatically.

                      For example, you can create a custom expansion that allows you to conjure a full paragraph you type repeatedly by simply typing a unique abbreviation. Once you get used to your custom combinations, you’ll spare your fingers from typing thousands of words.

                      An individual account is $3.33 per month.

                      Download: TextExpander

                      7. Backblaze

                        If you’ve ever experienced a crash, or theft of your Mac, you know how much time a system restore can cost you. You’ll spend hours replacing the files you lost, and lose thousands of files that are irreplaceable.

                        Backblaze is an automated, inexpensive way to back up your entire Mac for just $5 a month.

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                        Download: Backblaze

                        8. Keyboard Maestro

                          Keyboard Maestro is an older app that still has the power to make your life easier. With it, you can automate any number of tasks based on a certain trigger (such as a hotkey combination, or an event like connecting to a wireless network). A single license only costs $36.

                          Download: Keyboard Maestro

                          9. Snagit

                            There are many applications for a good screen-capture app, whether you’re trying to illustrate a tech problem you have or just want to make an interesting meme. Snagit makes it easy, with built-in editing for both still images and video. A single license covers two machines, and costs $49.95.

                            Download: TechSmith/Snagit

                            10. Bartender

                              Bartender is the cleverly-named app that helps you clean up and organize all your menu bar icons. You can also access them quickly with keyboard shortcuts.

                              If you’re like most Mac users, those icons get cluttered quickly and stop you from working efficiently. It’s free to try for 4 weeks, after which you’ll need a $15 license.

                              Download: Bartender

                              11. Otter

                              Otter is the Mac app for the note taker who hates typing. It’s an intelligent voice-recognition system and note-taking app that will help you transcribe your conversations, keep notes during meetings, and even take contextual notes to yourself in your own time.

                              Best of all, it’s free to get started!

                              Download: Otter

                              12. Flux

                                Do you often find yourself feeling tired throughout the day, or feeling unable to get to sleep after a day of staring at your computer? That could be because of the unnatural blue light that radiates from your Mac.

                                Flux naturally adapts your display to emit light that matches the time of day, so you can sleep better and feel less tired. It’s also free!

                                Download: Flux

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                                13. PDFpen

                                If you deal with PDFs on a regular basis, you probably find yourself wishing for some kind of tool that can let you mark up those PDFs however you want. Without a dedicated app like PDFpen, this can be difficult.

                                PDFpen lets you edit PDFs in almost any conceivable way, giving you more power and saving you time. A single license is $74.95.

                                Download: Smile Software/PDFpen

                                14. OmniFocus

                                  OmniFocus is all about task management. It has a clean interface that allows you to tag your tasks, schedule events, and even automate certain features.

                                  It’s one of the most comprehensive solutions on the market, so there’s a bit of a learning curve to get the most out of it.

                                  A standard license is $39.99, while the pro version is $79.99.

                                  Download: OmniFocus

                                  15. Franz

                                    It’s tiring to switch between dozens of different chat programs like Facebook Messenger, Slack, and WhatsApp, whenever you want to have a conversation with a different contact.

                                    Franz’s solution is simple; offer access to all these apps in one convenient package. And best of all, it’s completely open source.

                                    Download: Franz

                                    16. MindNode

                                      If you’re the brainstorming type, you need an app like MindNode to help you efficiently organize your thoughts. There are dozens of tools you can use to connect ideas in a mind map, or simply jot down notes for future reference.

                                      The core app is free, with in-app purchases available.

                                      Download: MindNode

                                      17. Focus

                                        The internet is a wonderful thing, but it can be awfully distracting. And if you’re like the majority of us, you’ve interrupted work on a project because of some attention-grabbing site or bad online habit. That’s where Focus comes in.

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                                        This app allows you to block the worst offenders with custom time limits and other constraints, so you can focus on the task at hand. A single license is $19.99.

                                        Download: Focus

                                        18. CleanMyMac

                                          Chances are, your Mac isn’t working as fast as it could, thanks to gigabytes of clutter and unnecessary files on your system. CleanMyMac helps you scan your Mac, monitor its health, and ultimately clean it up—so you can handle all your tasks that extra bit faster. A single license is $39.95.

                                          Download: CleanMyMac

                                          19. Grammarly

                                            A spelling error or grammatical mistake can cost you big time. It could be the source of a worse grade on a big paper, or compromise your credibility in the workplace. Thankfully, Grammarly can help you.

                                            This Mac-integrated writing assistant monitors all your writing and makes live corrections, so you’re alerted to your potential mistakes before they become permanent.

                                            A free version exists, but the premium version will cost you between $11 and $30 a month, depending on how you pay.

                                            Download: Grammarly

                                            Focus To Do

                                              Focus to-do is one of the top productivity apps for your iPhone around. It even has a desktop client that you can connect to effortlessly. The app is built around two things: the Pomodoro technique and task management. It achieves these things with amazing balance. All that you have to do is create a task and then set the timer right within the app itself.

                                              There is also great flexibility with the Pomodoro technique as well. You can choose whether to take a 5 minute break, take a longer one, or even skip it. On the task management side, you can also create reoccurring tasks, reminders, and place a priority on tasks too.

                                              Download: Focus To Do

                                              The Bottom Line

                                              These productivity apps should help you squeeze more productive hours out of every day, but they aren’t the only tools you’ll have to help you find success.

                                              Make the time to learn about and experiment with all the life hacks that can make you more productive. By improving your devices as well as your outlook and focus, you’ll be able to get far more done in a day, and feel better doing it.

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