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3 Ways That Can Quickly Turn A Coward Into A Confident Person

3 Ways That Can Quickly Turn A Coward Into A Confident Person

Is your level of self-confidence high enough to motivate you towards achieving greatness? Do you need some help to turn that feeling of cowardice into a sense of great confidence? Confidence is a state of mind and it’s helpful when you perform daily habits that help lead your mind in the right direction. Luckily for you, this transformation from zero to a ten is as easy as changing how you begin each day.

If you find yourself feeling more fearful than self-assured, these three simple steps are exactly what the doctor ordered.

1. Create a Daily Confidence Habit

Every morning, start off with imagining a binary task. Binary, the language of computers, has only two characters: 0 and 1. There is no interpretation for anything else other than 0 and 1. If we imagine a task as binary, it has two outcomes: completed and incomplete.

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For example, the task can be to turn on a light switch. Maybe you tripped over your couch while the light was off. It doesn’t matter if you had failures along the way, if you successfully turned on the switch, you have completed the task and it is done. Black and white, no gray, very simple.

By forcing yourself to view something as a binary task and completing it each day, you program confidence into your daily habit. You can celebrate the small victories (saying hi to that guy or girl in the next cubical) instead of beating yourself up for the small failures (embarrassingly spilling coffee on yourself while you said hi). This trains your brain to overcome cowardice and to automatically go for it, even if the path may be ripe for failure.

2. Start Your Day With Inspiration

Scientists have been studying MRI scans of the brain in action to determine the effects of inspiration on learning. What did they find? “We feel, therefore we learn[1].”

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In the scans, brain activity is seen across multiple brain centers of someone engaged in an inspirational task, while a bored mind has very little activity at all. When inspired, oxygen cycles through the centers of your brain, increasing the possibility of finding pathways to weaker areas. This allows you to learn more, makes it easier to participate in creative activities, and boosts your confidence.

This is a groundbreaking discovery that can help you move from cowardice to confidence. If you can start your day with inspiration by reading a chapter from an empowering book, an excerpt from your favorite spiritual material, or an inspirational quote, then your brain will start working before you know it. Your feeling of self-worth will increase and the ability to learn more, be more creative, and take on the world will boost your confidence and set you up for success.

3. Choose to be Positive

The world famous Pike Place Fish Market in Seattle has an interesting philosophy on positivity[2]. They believe attitudes are chosen, not given. If you take responsibility for how you respond to what life throws at you, you can choose to be positive, even if the world around you feels very negative.

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Without a positive emotional atmosphere, you can quickly lose your flexibility and patience. You can become easily frustrated and less capable of dealing with the world around you, which will negatively impact your confidence. Choosing to keep your emotional environment positive will help you to maintain a higher self-confidence.

The easiest habit you can practice for maintaining positivity is to start the day with a positive message. Trade in your morning news program, which is often filled with bad news and scandals, for an uplifting podcast or audiobook. You will find yourself moving through your day with rose-colored glasses, seeing positivity all around you and exuding confidence as a result.

Set aside 10 to 30 minutes each morning to practice these habits. Commit to the routine every day for 30 days and it will become automatic. Be patient, stick to the routine, and you will be rewarded. Before you know it, you’ll be the ruler of confidence.

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Featured photo credit: Ryan McGuire / Pixabay via pixabay.com

Reference

[1] Brain Basics: Inspiration & Emotion
[2] Pike Place Fish Market: FISH!

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Last Updated on January 21, 2020

How to Motivate People Around You and Inspire Them

How to Motivate People Around You and Inspire Them

If I was a super hero I’d want my super power to be the ability to motivate everyone around me. Think of how many problems you could solve just by being able to motivate people towards their goals. You wouldn’t be frustrated by lazy co-workers. You wouldn’t be mad at your partner for wasting the weekend in front of the TV. Also, the more people around you are motivated toward their dreams, the more you can capitalize off their successes.

Being able to motivate people is key to your success at work, at home, and in the future because no one can achieve anything alone. We all need the help of others.

So, how to motivate people? Here are 7 ways to motivate others even you can do.

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1. Listen

Most people start out trying to motivate someone by giving them a lengthy speech, but this rarely works because motivation has to start inside others. The best way to motivate others is to start by listening to what they want to do. Find out what the person’s goals and dreams are. If it’s something you want to encourage, then continue through these steps.

2. Ask Open-Ended Questions

Open-ended questions are the best way to figure out what someone’s dreams are. If you can’t think of anything to ask, start with, “What have you always wanted to do?”

“Why do you want to do that?”

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“What makes you so excited about it?”

“How long has that been your dream?”

You need this information the help you with the following steps.

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3. Encourage

This is the most important step, because starting a dream is scary. People are so scared they will fail or look stupid, many never try to reach their goals, so this is where you come in. You must encourage them. Say things like, “I think you will be great at that.” Better yet, say, “I think your skills in X will help you succeed.” For example if you have a friend who wants to own a pet store, say, “You are so great with animals, I think you will be excellent at running a pet store.”

4. Ask About What the First Step Will Be

After you’ve encouraged them, find how they will start. If they don’t know, you can make suggestions, but it’s better to let the person figure out the first step themselves so they can be committed to the process.

5. Dream

This is the most fun step, because you can dream about success. Say things like, “Wouldn’t it be cool if your business took off, and you didn’t have to work at that job you hate?” By allowing others to dream, you solidify the motivation in place and connect their dreams to a future reality.

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6. Ask How You Can Help

Most of the time, others won’t need anything from you, but it’s always good to offer. Just letting the person know you’re there will help motivate them to start. And, who knows, maybe your skills can help.

7. Follow Up

Periodically, over the course of the next year, ask them how their goal is going. This way you can find out what progress has been made. You may need to do the seven steps again, or they may need motivation in another area of their life.

Final Thoughts

By following these seven steps, you’ll be able to encourage the people around you to achieve their dreams and goals. In return, you’ll be more passionate about getting to your goals, you’ll be surrounded by successful people, and others will want to help you reach your dreams …

Oh, and you’ll become a motivational super hero. Time to get a cape!

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