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4 Fun Ways to Skyrocket Your Motivation and Confidence

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4 Fun Ways to Skyrocket Your Motivation and Confidence

You have probably read or heard all kinds of motivational tactics. How to think more positively, how to work towards your goal, and how anything is possible as long as you believe in it. There are tons of self-help books, and various motivational speakers, but they mostly want to influence your mindset. They go with the premise that if you change how you think, everything else will fall into place.

Truth be told, these are not ineffective tips, and the change must come from within, but this is not always the case. We are all different, and due to our idiosyncrasy, there are no universal suggestions. If it worked for someone else, it does not imply you will be affected in the same manner.

On the other hand, there are different things you can try, things that don’t require you to change the way you think but simply cause a positive reaction inside your body. So, even though we don’t all think the same way, our bodies do react in a very similar fashion.

With that in mind, we will go over some fun ways to improve your motivation and confidence. These will not include tips on how to change your perspective, or to meditate in order to filter out stressful thoughts – these will all be actionable tips that can work for anyone.

1. You want confidence? You have to fight for it!

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    Confidence is all about control and feeling prepared. A great way to become more confident is to hone your motor skills and work on your kinetic energy. Sometimes, it is the small things that begin to bother us – we do not like how we look or that we are clumsy, and with martial arts training you can effectively fight this type of negativity.

    To be more precise, you have the opportunity to develop practical skills, and therefore you’ll be inspired to try out different feats on your own. It is also a form of fitness exercise, so if your confidence is affected by your appearance, martial arts training is definitely going to come in handy.

    Furthermore, as you are devoted to training you also build up your willpower, thereby having an effective mechanism to cope with stressful situations. As you progress, you become more composed and far less impulsive, and it is something you are definitely going to notice.

    Since rigorous training means a lot of physical exercise, you will reap all the benefits from these activates and you will feel better in general. After all, exercise is a miracle drug, and knowing you did something healthy and constantly improving yourself has an incredibly positive impact on your confidence.

    2. Sexercise

    Since we are on the topic of physical exercise and activity, then it would be good to mention sex as one of the healthy and fun ways to boost motivation. Intercourse is extremely therapeutic, and having it on daily basis will make your self-esteem skyrocket.

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    If you are exposed to a lot of stress on a daily basis, then sexual activity will definitely counterbalance these irritating thoughts. In other words, one of the best medicines for stress is sexual healing. It will make you happier, it will improve your self-image, and as mentioned it is a great workout.

    Another benefit worth mentioning is improved wits. After all, our neurotransmitters carry information from one brain cell to another, and oxytocin and prolactin are both neurotransmitters. With daily sexual activity, our brain’s hippocampus initiates the process called neurogenesis, which is responsible for producing these neurotransmitters.

    3. Shopping spree

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      Now let’s talk about some other ways of improving your confidence, without including physical exercise. It is a recipe that was here for generations, and it really works. Shopping is an amazing way to increase your motivation and to really feel good about yourself for days. The downside is that it can be hard on your wallet and that it can become a compulsion if you overuse, but it sure feels good.

      In terms of combating stress, shopping spree has quite a simple effect, it helps you get your mind off the stressful topic. Also, it is one of the ways of altering your appearance and, as mentioned, if that is your source of dissatisfaction, shopping can boost your self-esteem, and it’s effective immediately.

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      Since the activity itself is fun in general, you can invite your friends and spend some time with them as well.  Also, let’s not forget that you feel refreshed and the whole thing really feels like a fresh start or a do-over.

      Again, use this technique with caution, since it can turn into a problem if you rely on it too much. You’ll lose money and your wardrobe will start to get cramped and messy.

      4. Create your own universe

      We all love good stories – it is something that helps us experience a different world, and yet still relate to it. They can be cautionary tales that make us wiser, uplifting stories that make us feel motivated and empowered, or something tragic and dramatic that serves as a catharsis for something we are going through. However, it can be far more uplifting if you tell your own tale if you create your own world and your own characters.

      You get to think about the struggles and hardships your characters can experience, and you also get to think about solutions, so it is an amazing mental exercise. It allows you to be in control of what is going on but at the same time, exercise restraint for the sake of natural pacing, as well as natural cause and effect.

      You can go through some tips on how to write fiction, and how to express yourself, and you can also learn a thing or two about good story structure etc. However, the story you tell will be entirely your own, and no one will pressure you to write, so you get to create something you are truly going to like.

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      These types of projects can really put your brain to work, and it is an awesome way to impress yourself with what you are capable of. You need to explore your mental capacities and your creativity in order to gain self-confidence, and creative writing is definitely a good way to do it.

      So, these are fun ways for empowering yourself, and for lifting your spirits. There is something for everybody here – for those who are in a relationship, for those who love to be creative, for those who love to customize how they look, and for those who want to achieve mastery in their passion. If you feel demoralized or overwhelmed, try some of these techniques, they will definitely come in handy.

      Featured photo credit: https://pixabay.com/en/users/Unsplash-242387/ via pixabay.com

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      How to Overcome the Fear of Public Speaking (A Step-by-Step Guide)

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      How to Overcome the Fear of Public Speaking (A Step-by-Step Guide)

      You’re standing behind the curtain, just about to make your way on stage to face the many faces half-shrouded in darkness in front of you. As you move towards the spotlight, your body starts to feel heavier with each step. A familiar thump echoes throughout your body – your heartbeat has gone off the charts.

      Don’t worry, you’re not the only one with glossophobia(also known as speech anxiety or the fear of speaking to large crowds). Sometimes, the anxiety happens long before you even stand on stage.

      Your body’s defence mechanism responds by causing a part of your brain to release adrenaline into your blood – the same chemical that gets released as if you were being chased by a lion.

      Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you overcome your fear of public speaking:

      1. Prepare yourself mentally and physically

      According to experts, we’re built to display anxiety and to recognize it in others. If your body and mind are anxious, your audience will notice. Hence, it’s important to prepare yourself before the big show so that you arrive on stage confident, collected and ready.

      “Your outside world is a reflection of your inside world. What goes on in the inside, shows on the outside.” – Bob Proctor

      Exercising lightly before a presentation helps get your blood circulating and sends oxygen to the brain. Mental exercises, on the other hand, can help calm the mind and nerves. Here are some useful ways to calm your racing heart when you start to feel the butterflies in your stomach:

      Warming up

      If you’re nervous, chances are your body will feel the same way. Your body gets tense, your muscles feel tight or you’re breaking in cold sweat. The audience will notice you are nervous.

      If you observe that this is exactly what is happening to you minutes before a speech, do a couple of stretches to loosen and relax your body. It’s better to warm up before every speech as it helps to increase the functional potential of the body as a whole. Not only that, it increases muscle efficiency, improves reaction time and your movements.

      Here are some exercises to loosen up your body before show time:

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      1. Neck and shoulder rolls – This helps relieve upper body muscle tension and pressure as the rolls focus on rotating the head and shoulders, loosening the muscle. Stress and anxiety can make us rigid within this area which can make you feel agitated, especially when standing.
      2. Arm stretches – We often use this part of our muscles during a speech or presentation through our hand gestures and movements. Stretching these muscles can reduce arm fatigue, loosen you up and improve your body language range.
      3. Waist twists – Place your hands on your hips and rotate your waist in a circular motion. This exercise focuses on loosening the abdominal and lower back regions which is essential as it can cause discomfort and pain, further amplifying any anxieties you may experience.

      Stay hydrated

      Ever felt parched seconds before speaking? And then coming up on stage sounding raspy and scratchy in front of the audience? This happens because the adrenaline from stage fright causes your mouth to feel dried out.

      To prevent all that, it’s essential we stay adequately hydrated before a speech. A sip of water will do the trick. However, do drink in moderation so that you won’t need to go to the bathroom constantly.

      Try to avoid sugary beverages and caffeine, since it’s a diuretic – meaning you’ll feel thirstier. It will also amplify your anxiety which prevents you from speaking smoothly.

      Meditate

      Meditation is well-known as a powerful tool to calm the mind. ABC’s Dan Harris, co-anchor of Nightline and Good Morning America weekend and author of the book titled10% Happier , recommends that meditation can help individuals to feel significantly calmer, faster.

      Meditation is like a workout for your mind. It gives you the strength and focus to filter out the negativity and distractions with words of encouragement, confidence and strength.

      Mindfulness meditation, in particular, is a popular method to calm yourself before going up on the big stage. The practice involves sitting comfortably, focusing on your breathing and then bringing your mind’s attention to the present without drifting into concerns about the past or future – which likely includes floundering on stage.

      Here’s a nice example of guided meditation before public speaking:

      2. Focus on your goal

      One thing people with a fear of public speaking have in common is focusing too much on themselves and the possibility of failure.

      Do I look funny? What if I can’t remember what to say? Do I look stupid? Will people listen to me? Does anyone care about what I’m talking about?’

      Instead of thinking this way, shift your attention to your one true purpose – contributing something of value to your audience.

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      Decide on the progress you’d like your audience to make after your presentation. Notice their movements and expressions to adapt your speech to ensure that they are having a good time to leave the room as better people.

      If your own focus isn’t beneficial and what it should be when you’re speaking, then shift it to what does. This is also key to establishing trust during your presentation as the audience can clearly see that you have their interests at heart.[1]

      3. Convert negativity to positivity

      There are two sides constantly battling inside of us – one is filled with strength and courage while the other is doubt and insecurities. Which one will you feed?

      ‘What if I mess up this speech? What if I’m not funny enough? What if I forget what to say?’

      It’s no wonder why many of us are uncomfortable giving a presentation. All we do is bring ourselves down before we got a chance to prove ourselves. This is also known as a self-fulfilling prophecy – a belief that comes true because we are acting as if it already is. If you think you’re incompetent, then it will eventually become true.

      Motivational coaches tout that positive mantras and affirmations tend to boost your confidents for the moments that matter most. Say to yourself: “I’ll ace this speech and I can do it!”

      Take advantage of your adrenaline rush to encourage positive outcome rather than thinking of the negative ‘what ifs’.

      Here’s a video of Psychologist Kelly McGonigal who encourages her audience to turn stress into something positive as well as provide methods on how to cope with it:

      4. Understand your content

      Knowing your content at your fingertips helps reduce your anxiety because there is one less thing to worry about. One way to get there is to practice numerous times before your actual speech.

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      However, memorizing your script word-for-word is not encouraged. You can end up freezing should you forget something. You’ll also risk sounding unnatural and less approachable.

      “No amount of reading or memorizing will make you successful in life. It is the understanding and the application of wise thought that counts.” – Bob Proctor

      Many people unconsciously make the mistake of reading from their slides or memorizing their script word-for-word without understanding their content – a definite way to stress themselves out.

      Understanding your speech flow and content makes it easier for you to convert ideas and concepts into your own words which you can then clearly explain to others in a conversational manner. Designing your slides to include text prompts is also an easy hack to ensure you get to quickly recall your flow when your mind goes blank.[2]

      One way to understand is to memorize the over-arching concepts or ideas in your pitch. It helps you speak more naturally and let your personality shine through. It’s almost like taking your audience on a journey with a few key milestones.

      5. Practice makes perfect

      Like most people, many of us are not naturally attuned to public speaking. Rarely do individuals walk up to a large audience and present flawlessly without any research and preparation.

      In fact, some of the top presenters make it look easy during showtime because they have spent countless hours behind-the-scenes in deep practice. Even great speakers like the late John F. Kennedy would spend months preparing his speech beforehand.

      Public speaking, like any other skill, requires practice – whether it be practicing your speech countless of times in front of a mirror or making notes. As the saying goes, practice makes perfect!

      6. Be authentic

      There’s nothing wrong with feeling stressed before going up to speak in front of an audience.

      Many people fear public speaking because they fear others will judge them for showing their true, vulnerable self. However, vulnerability can sometimes help you come across as more authentic and relatable as a speaker.

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      Drop the pretence of trying to act or speak like someone else and you’ll find that it’s worth the risk. You become more genuine, flexible and spontaneous, which makes it easier to handle unpredictable situations – whether it’s getting tough questions from the crowd or experiencing an unexpected technical difficulty.

      To find out your authentic style of speaking is easy. Just pick a topic or issue you are passionate about and discuss this like you normally would with a close family or friend. It is like having a conversation with someone in a personal one-to-one setting. A great way to do this on stage is to select a random audience member(with a hopefully calming face) and speak to a single person at a time during your speech. You’ll find that it’s easier trying to connect to one person at a time than a whole room.

      With that said, being comfortable enough to be yourself in front of others may take a little time and some experience, depending how comfortable you are with being yourself in front of others. But once you embrace it, stage fright will not be as intimidating as you initially thought.

      Presenters like Barack Obama are a prime example of a genuine and passionate speaker:

      7. Post speech evaluation

      Last but not the least, if you’ve done public speaking and have been scarred from a bad experience, try seeing it as a lesson learned to improve yourself as a speaker.

      Don’t beat yourself up after a presentation

      We are the hardest on ourselves and it’s good to be. But when you finish delivering your speech or presentation, give yourself some recognition and a pat on the back.

      You managed to finish whatever you had to do and did not give up. You did not let your fears and insecurities get to you. Take a little more pride in your work and believe in yourself.

      Improve your next speech

      As mentioned before, practice does make perfect. If you want to improve your public speaking skills, try asking someone to film you during a speech or presentation. Afterwards, watch and observe what you can do to improve yourself next time.

      Here are some questions you can ask yourself after every speech:

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      • How did I do?
      • Are there any areas for improvement?
      • Did I sound or look stressed?
      • Did I stumble on my words? Why?
      • Was I saying “um” too often?
      • How was the flow of the speech?

      Write everything you observed down and keep practicing and improving. In time, you’ll be able to better manage your fears of public speaking and appear more confident when it counts.

      If you want even more tips about public speaking or delivering a great presentation, check out these articles too:

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