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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 December 3, 2019

10 Life Lessons You’d Better Learn Early on in Life

10 Life Lessons You’d Better Learn Early on in Life

There are so many lessons I wish I had learned while I was young enough to appreciate and apply them. The thing with wisdom, and often with life lessons in general, is that they’re learned in retrospect, long after we needed them. The good news is that other people can benefit from our experiences and the lessons we’ve learned.

Here’re 10 important life lessons you should learn early on:

1. Money Will Never Solve Your Real Problems

Money is a tool; a commodity that buys you necessities and some nice “wants,” but it is not the panacea to your problems.

There are a great many people who are living on very little, yet have wonderfully full and happy lives… and there are sadly a great many people are living on quite a lot, yet have terribly miserable lives.

Money can buy a nice home, a great car, fabulous shoes, even a bit of security and some creature comforts, but it cannot fix a broken relationship, or cure loneliness, and the “happiness” it brings is only fleeting and not the kind that really and truly matters. Happiness is not for sale. If you’re expecting the “stuff” you can buy to “make it better,” you will never be happy.

2. Pace Yourself

Often when we’re young, just beginning our adult journey we feel as though we have to do everything at once. We need to decide everything, plan out our lives, experience everything, get to the top, find true love, figure out our life’s purpose, and do it all at the same time.

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Slow down—don’t rush into things. Let your life unfold. Wait a bit to see where it takes you, and take time to weigh your options. Enjoy every bite of food, take time to look around you, let the other person finish their side of the conversation. Allow yourself time to think, to mull a bit.

Taking action is critical. Working towards your goals and making plans for the future is commendable and often very useful, but rushing full-speed ahead towards anything is a one-way ticket to burnout and a good way to miss your life as it passes you by.

3. You Can’t Please Everyone

“I don’t know the secret to success, but the secret to failure is trying to please everyone” – Bill Cosby.

You don’t need everyone to agree with you or even like you. It’s human nature to want to belong, to be liked, respected and valued, but not at the expense of your integrity and happiness. Other people cannot give you the validation you seek. That has to come from inside.

Speak up, stick to your guns, assert yourself when you need to, demand respect, stay true to your values.

4. Your Health Is Your Most Valuable Asset

Health is an invaluable treasure—always appreciate, nurture, and protect it. Good health is often wasted on the young before they have a chance to appreciate it for what it’s worth.

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We tend to take our good health for granted, because it’s just there. We don’t have to worry about it, so we don’t really pay attention to it… until we have to.

Heart disease, bone density, stroke, many cancers—the list of many largely preventable diseases is long, so take care of your health now, or you’ll regret it later on.

5. You Don’t Always Get What You Want

“Life is what happens while you’re busy making other plans.” – John Lennon

No matter how carefully you plan and how hard you work, sometimes things just don’t work out the way you want them to… and that’s okay.

We have all of these expectations; predetermined visions of what our “ideal” life will look like, but all too often, that’s not the reality of the life we end up with. Sometimes our dreams fail and sometimes we just change our minds mid-course. Sometimes we have to flop to find the right course and sometimes we just have to try a few things before we find the right direction.

6. It’s Not All About You

You are not the epicenter of the universe. It’s very difficult to view the world from a perspective outside of your own, since we are always so focused on what’s happening in our own lives. What do I have to do today? What will this mean for me, for my career, for my life? What do I want?

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It’s normal to be intensely aware of everything that’s going on in your own life, but you need to pay as much attention to what’s happening around you, and how things affect other people in the world as you do to your own life. It helps to keep things in perspective.

7. There’s No Shame in Not Knowing

No one has it all figured out. Nobody has all the answers. There’s no shame in saying “I don’t know.” Pretending to be perfect doesn’t make you perfect. It just makes you neurotic to keep up the pretense of manufactured perfection.

We have this idea that there is some kind of stigma or shame in admitting our limitations or uncertainly, but we can’t possibly know everything. We all make mistakes and mess up occasionally. We learn as we go, that’s life.

Besides—nobody likes a know-it-all. A little vulnerability makes you human and oh so much more relatable.

8. Love Is More Than a Feeling; It’s a Choice

That burst of initial exhilaration, pulse quickening love and passion does not last long. But that doesn’t mean long-lasting love is not possible.

Love is not just a feeling; it’s a choice that you make every day. We have to choose to let annoyances pass, to forgive, to be kind, to respect, to support, to be faithful.

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Relationships take work. Sometimes it’s easy and sometimes it’s incredibly hard. It is up to us to choose how we want to act, think and speak in a relationship.

9. Perspective Is a Beautiful Thing

Typically, when we’re worried or upset, it’s because we’ve lost perspective. Everything that is happening in our lives seems so big, so important, so do or die, but in the grand picture, this single hiccup often means next to nothing.

The fight we’re having, the job we didn’t get, the real or imagined slight, the unexpected need to shift course, the thing we wanted, but didn’t get. Most of it won’t matter 20, 30, 40 years from now. It’s hard to see long term when all you know is short term, but unless it’s life-threatening, let it go, and move on.

10. Don’t Take Anything for Granted

We often don’t appreciate what we have until it’s gone: that includes your health, your family and friends, your job, the money you have or think you will have tomorrow.

When you’re young, it seems that your parents will always be there, but they won’t. You think you have plenty of time to get back in touch with your old friends or spend time with new ones, but you don’t. You have the money to spend, or you think you’ll have it next month, but you might not.

Nothing in your life is not guaranteed to be there tomorrow, including those you love.

This is a hard life lesson to learn, but it may be the most important of all: Life can change in an instant. Make sure you appreciate what you have, while you still have it.

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