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Working in These 100 Companies Can Make You Feel Like Winning the Lottery

Working in These 100 Companies Can Make You Feel Like Winning the Lottery

Has it happened to you; the job you loved the most was at a company that was really proactive towards it employees and gave you creative freedom as well flexible timings, even if it didn’t pay as well as your current job, that ironically is making you miserable? That’s because very often the jobs we enjoy the most is in one of the best companies to work for – the kind that really cares for its employees and believes that the way forward is through good human resource management.

One Way to Ensure You Land a Job You Will Enjoy

While we are not advising you quit your job this very instance, the next time you are on a job hunt, it would be a good idea to look for positions in companies known to be the best companies to work for – though what makes a company good for you is a completely individual choice.[1] For young mothers it might be an onsite crèche or playschool, or even extended maternity benefits; for some it may be that the company has a very open non-discrimination policies and yet for some it may be the health food cafeteria and onsite gym.

The Best Companies to Work for: the Top 100 List

So taking cue from various business magazines Top 100 list, here are the Top 100 Best Companies To Work For, in the US – for these are the companies who believe that happy employees make for productive companies [2]. We list out the companies as well as the reasons as to what makes them so great to work for, in alphabetic order…

1. Accenture

Industry: Professional Services

USP: Flexible scheduling and endless learning opportunities while working on cutting edge projects make Accenture one of the best companies to work for.

2. Activision Blizzard

Industry: Media

USP: Want to be 100% nerd? This gaming and entertainment company lets you geek out in employee affinity groups, which include fencing, brew mastery, skateboarding or even juggling, clay modeling, and more. Fun, geek style!

3. Acuity

Industry: Financial Services & Insurance

USP: Join this Company if you want a 45-foot climbing wall and a jeans-friendly dress policy at office, plus a sense of purpose and giving.

4. Adobe Systems

Industry: Information Technology

USP: Employees at this software company praise the interesting work and its passion for arts and creativity.

5. Aflac

Industry: Financial Services & Insurance

USP: A family feeling is how the employees describe the workplace with a strong, positive culture…

6. Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America

Industry: Financial Services & Insurance

USP: This financial services company has employee appreciation month with awards ceremonies and chair massages and annual perks like pet insurance, on-site childcare, and discounts on furniture.

7. Alston & Bird

Industry: Professional Services

USP: 15 paid hours a year for community service and mock courtroom training, make this law firm a fun and collaborative workplace.

8. American Express

Industry: Financial Services & Insurance

USP: 100 days paid parental leave (and up to 140 days for birth moms) and a chance to work for a respected brand makes employees feel that their jobs are a higher calling.

9. American Fidelity Insurance

Industry: Financial Services & Insurance

USP: Pension plans, cushy 401(k) contributions, and bonuses for everyone as well as an on-site car wash, prescriptions at the medical clinic, and a personal trainer at the office gym. Need more?

10. ARI

Industry: Professional Services

USP: Employee training is a high point considering in 2016 this company reimbursed some $1.4 million in tuition along with ample opportunities for growth and promotion.

11. Atlantic Health Systems

Industry: Healthcare

USP: In this New Jersey–based hospital system company, employees get up to $5,000 in annual tuition reimbursements, and courses are even offered on-site.

12. AT&T

Industry: Telecommunications

USP: When this telecom giant underwent changes, it retrained its workers without any big layoffs and filled more than 40% of its open positions with internal hiring.

13. Autodesk

Industry: Information Technology

USP: To encourage creative thinking, employees who have new patents granted are given bonuses of up to $2,000.

14. Baker Donelson

Industry: Professional Services

USP: Perks include bonuses when the firm has a good year (and not just for attorneys), plus free parking (or full reimbursements for public transportation) as well as a goodwill atmosphere.

15. Baird

Industry: Financial Services & Insurance

USP: Looking for one of the best companies to work for? Well, Baird has a “no asshole” policy and is open enough that two-thirds of employees are shareholders, making everyone feel like equal contributors and receivers as well.

16. Baptist Health South Florida

Industry: Health Care

USP: Zero co-pays for in-network doctor visits, a fund for staff in times of need, and employee celebrations make this hospital one of the best companies to work for.

17. Bright Horizons Family Solutions

Industry: Training & Education

USP: The employees feel they are shaping children’s future which is rewarding enough and then the company also offers workers a 50% discount at Bright Horizons centers.

18. Build-A-Bear Workshop

Industry: Retail

USP: So work here feels like an awesome adventure and employees feel as if they sell happiness!

19. Burns & McDonnell

Industry: Building Services

USP: It’s a 100%-employee-owned engineering, architecture, and construction firm that exemplifies teamwork…

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20. Cadence

Industry: Electronics

USP: With more than 40% employees having stayed on for 40 years or more, this semiconductor technology company regularly conducts analyses to ensure that women employees are getting paid fairly; rewarding employees solely on what they deliver.

21. Camden Property Trust

Industry: Real Estate

USP: Employees claim this to be one company that welcomes you and your ideas with open arms and you can also get up to $4,500 year for your kids in paid college costs!

22. Capital One

Industry: Financial Services & Insurance

USP: Free Wi-Fi and coffee apart, staffers are encouraged to break out of the mold and think innovatively when it comes to baking and financial services.

23. CarMax

Industry: Retail

USP: All new hires are assigned mentors when they start which makes for a nurturing work environment in which employees can naturally excel.

24. Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta

Industry: Health Care

USP: A children’s hospital that has creates a fun and positive environment for its employees so that that they always do their best to keep kids health and safe.

25. CHG Healthcare Services

Industry: Professional Services

USP: To make its employees (medical staff on hire) happy, healthy, and satisfied, the company offers health assessments, a free on-site health clinic and even pet insurance.

26. Cisco

Industry: Information Technology

USP: So winners of its hackathon receive $25,000 in prize money (and $25,000 in seed money) and employees logged 227,213 volunteer hours just for the freedom to innovate.

27. Cooley

Industry: Professional Services, Law

USP: Want to wear jeans to a law firm? Welcome to Cooley, where there is not hierarchy per se either.

28. Credit Acceptance

Industry: Financial Services & Insurance

USP: The company motto of this auto-lender is that everyone is values and there is flexible scheduling and growth opportunities that prove it.

29. David Weekley Homes

Industry: Real Estate & Construction

USP: A welcoming, team-centric culture, this company conducts interviews with job candidates’ families to answer all the questions you might have.

30. Deloitte

Industry: Professional Services

USP: Employees have 42 paid days off on average per year, and there’s a sabbatical program to make all the staff feel very wanted and rewarded indeed.

31. Delta Airlines

Industry: Transportation

USP: Generous flight privileges and healthy profit-sharing, is all part of the company’s caring family spirit.

32. Edward Jones

Industry: Financial Services & Insurance

USP: So this investment firm is the place to be if you are looking for job security since more than 30% of hiring happens internally. The reasons why 3,000 of its employees have been there more than two decades!

33. Encompass Home Health & Hospice

Industry: Health Care

USP: A company with a compassionate culture and a very approachable CEO who truly cares.

34. EY

Industry: Professional Services

USP: Never before has a firm offered such flexible schedules, such that all its employees rave about being able to enjoy life’s little things freely and even get 16 weeks parental leave!

35. FedEx

Industry: Transportation

USP: Hard work is consistently reflected in raises, bonuses, and promotions and other great benefits as well for part-timers too.

36. First American Financial Corporation

Industry: Financial Services & Insurance

USP: 1,100 team members of this financial company have participated in 36 breast-cancer races and helped raise more than $217,000 for research and treatment of the disease last year. Oh and employees can purchase company stock at a 15% discount.

37. Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts

Industry: Hospitality

USP: Employees are proud of stellar customer service and every employee gets to stay at Four Seasons hotels on vacation for free with 50% off on food as well.

38. Genentech

Industry: Biotechnology & Pharmaceuticals

USP: If pharmaceutical is your cup of tea, Genentech is the place to be. The employees claim to work in a casual intensity vibe, and making drugs for life-threatening illnesses in a fun way is their mission.

39. Goldman Sachs:

Industry: Financial Services & Insurance

USP: You do well, you are rewarded in this meritocratic investment banking firm. Hard work is always rewarded.

40. Google

Industry: Information Technology

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USP: So other than the free lux perks like free haircuts, food and even laundry; Google also actually listens to its employees and changed its maternity policies as well is a staunch supporter of transgender workers and has made its workplace “safe and inclusive” for all.

41. Hilcorp

Industry: Manufacturing and Production

USP: An annual bonuses average of 36% is awesome enough, but Hilcorp can give you a 60% bump as well, where decision-making is pushed to the frontlines.

42. Hilton

Industry: Hospitality

USP: Hilton gets many awards for in turn awarding employees with endless opportunities for advancement; and now they pay for employees’ GEDs as well.

43. Hyatt

Industry: Hospitality

USP: Hyatt is another hospitality chain willing to give back to its employees with amazing benefits like free on-site dry cleaning and complimentary or discounted hotel stays…

44. Hyland

Industry: Information Technology

USP: Along with a Montessori preschool on-site for employees’ kids, the CEO of this software developer initiates spontaneous work breaks, which can mean anything from cornhole tournaments to dodge ball competitions!

45. Ikea Holding U.S.

Industry: Retail

USP: Employees are made to feel valued for the contributions they make and to promote equality; each location has a diversity and inclusion ambassador as well.

46. Intuit

Industry: Information Technology

USP: How about on-site gyms that remain open 24/7 and bikes in case you want to commute on them? Plus a CEO who works with you in times of more work…

47. JM Family Enterprises

Industry: Manufacturing & Production

USP: This diversified automotive company considers its best assets to be its employees and so offers them a pension plan, 12% profit sharing, lux perks like free haircuts, and discounts on cars.

48. Kimley-Horn

Industry: Professional Services

USP: New? Well the CM will take you out for lunch and the company has plenty opportunities for growth and support plus it matches 401(k) contributions by 200%, for up to 4% of pay.

49. Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants

Industry: Hospitality

USP: A diverse culture, flexible schedules, lack of hierarchy, and a promote-from-within culture plus pet-friendly sites and a $50 a night hotel room for all employees – one great company to work with.

50. KPMG

Industry: Professional Services

USP: Employees call this place an awesome place to launch a career since it offers staffers more than 50 hours of training a year, and almost 15000 employees have official mentors.

51. Marriot International

Industry: Hospitality

USP: A multi¬national hospitality company with 58% of front line and middle managers being women, and 36% being minorities – Marriot gives unlimited opportunities for growth….

52. Mars

Industry: Manufacturing & Production

USP: What could be sweeter than working at a chocolate factory? The company’s “Five Principles”: quality, responsibility, mutuality, efficiency, and freedom.

53. Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare

Industry: Health Care

USP: A not-for-profit hospital system that treats employees like they make a difference and is caring-oriented, within and out.

54. Mayo Clinic

Industry: Health Care

USP: A place to work that is more a place of hope plus perks like ice cream parties add to a positive and healing environment.

55. Nationwide

Industry: Financial Services & Insurance

USP: It gives workers extra paid time off for donating blood at the permanent on-site Red Cross center and an optional payroll deduction for the past three years has collected and paid $162,000 to staff in times of need.

56. Navy Federal Credit Union

Industry: Financial Services & Insurance

USP: Making a difference in the lives of millions of special people who served the country is what makes employees here happy, as does the honesty and fairness policy of the management.

57. Nordstrom

Industry: Retail

USP: Employees at the retail mainstay are empowered to run their own business and staffers call this the most supportive company ever.

58. Novo Nordisk

Industry: Biotechnology and Pharmaceuticals

USP: A culture that’s where the management team is focused on the physical and emotional well-being of people who work there makes this one of the best companies to work for.

59. Nugget Market

Industry: Retail

USP: So everyone gets paid health premiums, even the part-timers and a 4% 401 (k) match! Sounds good? The atmosphere is even greater…

60. NuStar Energy

Industry: Transportation

USP: Employees get generous benefits, perks like free gym memberships, and an average of 24 hours per year in paid volunteer time along with staff celebrations to mark most holidays.

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61. Nvidia

Industry: Information Technology

USP: Big dreams for artificial intelligence are backed by strong ethics and integrity, and the stock tripled in 2016 as well.

62. Ohio Health

Industry: Health Care

USP: Staff award nights and paid shopping trips for workers’ 20th anniversaries makes employees feel valued and appreciated.

63. Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe

Industry: Professional Services

USP: So this is a law firm that believes that work/life balance is paramount and managers bend over backward to ensure work gets done without getting in the way of home life!

64. PCL Constructions

Industry: Real Estate & Construction

USP: 90% of employees here own shares and this employee-ownership model gives everyone a sense of belonging. Oh and the dividends are awesome too.

65. Perkins Coei

Industry: Professional Services

USP: Sabbaticals and extra paid time off for long-timers along a culture of mutual respect make this law firm a great place to work for sure.

66. Pinnacle Financial Partners

Industry: Financial Services and Insurance

USP: All employees get restricted stock and annual cash incentives so retiring from this company is a lark, as is the yearly 35 paid days off…

67. Plante & Moran

Industry: Professional Services

USP: New hires receive miniature golden rulers when they start the job to show that caring for others is the cornerstone of this accounting firm’s culture.

68. Protivity

Industry: Professional Services

USP: Everyone gets a peer adviser, a career adviser, and an executive adviser so that each employee can reach his or her best.

69. Publix Super Markets

Industry: Retail

USP: One of the largest employee-owned companies in the US, this company offers great retirement benefits in the form of stock ownership and heft bonuses. Employees really stick around here, with many being over the age of 90!

70. PwC

Industry: Professional Services

USP: So PwC is famous for offering countless opportunities for growth, travel, and leadership and they have also pioneered a student loan pay-down benefit, in which employees can get $1,200 a year toward their loans.

71. Quicken Loans

Industry: Financial Services & Insurance

USP: So who says money is boring. Here employees ride hoverboards around the colorful HQ which also has a basketball court with a view to downtown Detroit.

72. QuikTrip

Industry: Retail

USP: A low staff turnover, healthy profit-sharing bonuses, job counseling and tuition reimbursement makes everyone feel important at this convenience-store operator.

73. Rackspace

Industry: Information Technology

USP: This cloud-¬services company has relaxed ¬atmosphere with freedom of individual expression.

74. REI

Industry: Retail

USP: An outdoorsy outfitter, this company truly believes in what it sells, and 70% of its profits go back to staff and community causes. Employees get gear discounts and paid sabbaticals after 15 years.

75. Regeneron Pharmaceuticals

Industry: Biotechnology and Pharmaceuticals

USP: For those who truly want to help, this biotech firm offers dedication, purpose, impact and world-leading science and has four FDA-approved drugs.

76. Roche Diagnostics

Industry: Biotechnology and Pharmaceuticals

USP: Outstanding benefits, perks like an on-site summer camp for staffers’ kids, and a wonderful” work/life balance, makes an average tenure here an impressive 10½ years.

77. Salesforce

Industry: Information Technology

USP: Want to work with a company who gives? This one gives a week off to its employees each year to volunteer in a company with an “Ohana” (family) culture.

78. SAP America

Industry: Information Technology

USP: This dynamic” software company is one big community where each employee is willing to lend another a helping hand….

79. SAS

Industry: Information Technology

One company that tries to care for its employees by offering childcare, dry cleaning, haircuts, and a pharmacy on-site, plus flexible scheduling too.

80. Scripps Health

Industry: Healthcare

USP: The biggest USP of this company is perhaps CEO Chris Van Gorder who is setting the bar high for integrity, respect, and mutual accountability, and answers emails within 12 hours.

81. Sheetz

Industry: Retail

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USP: A high-energy and quirky work environment is the signature of this convenience-store chain, and in 2016 the management announced a $15 million raise for store employees.

82. Slalom

Industry: Professional Services

USP: A sabbatical program for all employees as well a very principled and honest work atmosphere makes this management consultancy one of the best companies to work for.

83. St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Industry: Health Care

USP: The job is meaningful enough and the genuine leadership also provided an uplifting atmosphere.

84. Stryker

Industry: Manufacturing & Production

Stryker is a medical device maker and is looking for people who are amazingly talented to change patients’ lives, with ample rewards.

85. Southern Ohio Medical Centre

Industry: Health Care

USP: With 40% of internal hires and tuition reimbursements averaging more than $7,000, this company sure knows how to rewards its performers.

86. TD Industries

Industry: Construction and Real Estate

USP: An employee-owned construction company where the management apparently treats its entire employee well so much so that after five years, employees get their faces in¬cluded among the ¬nearly 1,000 staff portraits of in the HQ lobby.

87. TEK Systems

Industry: Professional Services

USP: The Company shows its thanks by sending flowers to the parents and spouses of top performers and on the company’s 30th anniversary, it gave employees $250 for each year they had been at the company.

88. Texas Health Resources

Industry: Health Care

USP: The Company actually lives by its motto of individuals caring for individuals together as the management is as transparent as it can be, and the staff as genuine as they can be.

89. The Boston Consulting Group

Industry: Professional Services

USP: If you are looking for a consultancy to work at, look no further for this company offers unmatched growth, $5 co-pays and emphasizes self-care for its employees including telecommuting, on site fitness centers and sabbaticals.

90. The Cheesecake Factory

Industry: Hospitality

USP: Nothing cheesy here, where the leaders are supportive, the management warmhearted and everyone remains motivated.

91. The Container Store

Industry: Retail

USP: Higher hourly wages and respected given to those who work good are what makes this specialty retailer one of the best companies to work for.

92. Ultimate Software

Industry: Information Technology

USP: Probably one of the best companies to work for techies, you get wonderful benefits, supportive management, an amazing work environment and restricted stock units on your first day.

93. USAA

Industry: Financial Services & Insurance

USP: So this is definitely one of the best companies to work for, with an 8% 401(k) match, six weeks of vacation, and flexible scheduling!

94. Veterans United Home Loans

Industry: Financial Services & Insurance

US’s largest dedicated VA lender has a community minded culture, with more than 90% of the staff giving away 1% of their paychecks.

95. VMware

Industry: Information Technology

USP: 40 hours of paid volunteer time and all new birth or adoptive parents (including dads) became eligible for 90 days of paid leave! Indeed one of the best companies to work for.

96. Wegmans Food Market

Industry: Retail

USP: The great thing about the company is that the employees get flexible schedules, plenty promotions and tiny but meaningful things like free birthday cakes and hot chocolate in winters!

97. Whole Foods Market

Industry: Retail

USP: The Company pays its staffers in stores fairly and rewards them with gain sharing, bonuses and treats everyone with respect.

98. W.L. Gore and Associates

Indsutry: Manufacturing & Production

USP: A promote-from-within culture makes Gore-Tex fabrics, medical devices, and more keeps its employee happy, as will skills and training which the company sponsors.

99. Workday

Industry: Information Technology

USP: This financial management and HR tech company provides seamless people management (even at Walmart) and grants $500 to the cause in a “workmates” name if they volunteer for 25 hours.

100. World Wide Technology

Industry: Information Technology

USP: This systems integrator provides supply-chain technology to 45% of Fortune 500 companies and employees love the perks as well, like on-site medical care, treadmill desk stations, and the occasional free massage.

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Last Updated on September 18, 2020

How to Be More Self-Assured and Get More Done During the Week

How to Be More Self-Assured and Get More Done During the Week

Time is a great leveler isn’t it? We all have the same 24 hours in a day. Even if you’re self-assured, the day may never feel quite long enough.

Why is it that some people can be so much more productive and achieve so much more in a typical day, while others struggle to achieve anything apart from feeling time crunched and overwhelmed?

Everyone I know and work with wants to make the best use of their time. They want to learn how to be more self-assured, happier, and work less—all while growing in their career.

How effectively we use our time—and how we actually work in our business—can make a huge difference to the amount we accomplish in a day or week. It can also make us more focused and more confident.

Do you want to have more thinking and creative time? Do you want to spend more time working on your business rather than working at or in your business? In this article, we’ll show you how.

Get More Done by Gaining Confidence

What if you had a strategy for making the best use of your time that brings you more joy and allows you to focus on the biggest activities and opportunities in your business? You may find the following outline below to be helpful:

1. Create an Exciting Vision

If you don’t know where you’re going, how do you know when you get there?

You want to be more productive and spend more time getting the right stuff done. Well, you need to create a compelling and exciting vision of your future.

What does this future look like? How will you feel when you get there?

Creating a new vision, especially one that is a lot bigger than where you are right now, has a way of igniting your passion. It may be something that feels hard to achieve, but every step you take towards that bigger vision will certainly build your confidence.

Create a vision board to feel more self-assured.

    Commitment to this vision, and accomplishing continual daily progress depends on your ability to look at any situation you’re faced with or currently in, feel self-assured, and see something bigger ahead.

    Also, when you know where you’re headed, you will instinctively start to see all the new opportunities and connections that will get you there.

    Make a vision map to get you started on the path to better productivity. This doesn’t have to be fully actualized, but you should know at least what direction you are heading.

    2. Build a Strategic Plan

    Once you have your future vision mapped out, the next step is to build a strategic plan to get you there.

    Your future vision may be for 3 years or 5 years, or you may choose a longer time frame. Any timeframe over 3 years may feel like a long way away.

    You may wonder how you are ever going to feel confident and motivated on this bigger future years from now when you feel as though you have so much to accomplish today.

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    The first step is to decide on some specific goals for the next 12 months. Don’t list too many or you may begin to feel overwhelmed.

    The magic number for me and my clients is usually five annual goals.

    These are big goals that will create massive change in your business and life and bridge your current situation to your bigger future; accomplishing these goals one by one will help to increase your confidence on a daily basis.

    3. Get on Goal Planning

    Get yourself a piece of blank paper and a pen and divide the paper into 4 columns: A, B, C, and D.

    Ask yourself the question: What is great in my business and life right now? Write these things down in Column A. This might be a couple of things, five things, ten things, whatever feels right to you.

    Then ask yourself: What things are happening right now that I don’t want in my future? Write these things down in Column B.

    This is your opportunity to take a step back and look at the things that are simply not working. You may list people that are bringing you down or projects that you don’t want to work on any more. Maybe you’ll include a service offering that’s going nowhere. It could be the people you’re working with, or it could be your pricing.

    Now, let’s look at your personal strengths. Write down everything that you’re great at in Column C.

    These could be things that you’re doing right now and having success with. It could also be things you know you’re awesome at but you’re not spending enough time on.

    Column D is for your biggest opportunities. Is there a new service/product you could offer your ideal customers? Is there a new innovation you could bring to market? Just take some time out and really think and list these things in Column D.

    Once you’ve analyzed everything you’ve written down, take some time to really think about what goals you want to set for your business and life in the next 12 months.

    4. Set Outcomes to Build Confidence

    You now have your goals, and you’ll feel self-assured and raring to go. They are written down and you’re committed to achieving them. You feel self-assured and motivated.

    But how do you ensure that you stay on the correct course to achieve these goals?

    Managing and juggling day-to-day projects can get in the way. Dealing with problems can get in the way. Staying on top of orders, managing cash flow, and handling day-to-day stuff can move your ship off course.

    You want to be productive and achieve your goals, but you also need to ensure the day and week runs smoothly.

    One way to ensure this happens is to set 90 Day Outcome Goals; within those Outcome Goals, put some specific process goals that need to be undertaken.

    Let’s say you want to get 10 more speaking jobs in the next 90 days, and you know that you typically convert 50% of opportunities.

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    Therefore, your process goal needs to be to have 20 conversations in the next 90 Days to deliver the 10 new pieces of work. You will then work out who you can have those conversations with.

    It’s smart to overshoot, so you will more easily hit your target. This is a clear plan to work through because with every win, your confidence will grow.

    5. Completely Commit to Your Success

    If you are not truly committed to achieving your goals, then chances are that you won’t reach them.

    Motivation can only take you so far. It is the intentional commitment[1] and emotional investment in your future success that will move you forward.

    Think back to any time that you really committed to achieving something. There must have been a reason you actually achieved what you set out to achieve. What motivated you?

    Were you fully invested? Why did it matter? Did you have to be really courageous to achieve it?

    How did it feel when you achieved it? What difference did it make?

    When have you felt truly self-assured? When you are committed to something, then you are propelled into action. Your mindset is focused, and your body follows; you want to get it done.

    And, when you do get it done, your confidence goes through the roof. You feel a level of certainty in achieving the goal you set out to accomplish.

    6. Focus on Your Strengths

    To feel self-assured and build up the confidence needed to achieve our biggest goals, we need to focus on our strengths.

    What are you best at? What are your unique skills? You want to spend as much time as you can working in the areas that you’re great at.

    Multiply your strengths. These areas are where you add the biggest value. They often bring you the biggest amount of joy, and you feel more and more confident when you are using your unique skills.

    If you think there is a specific capability you need to learn or be better at, spend more focused time in that area.

    Many of us want to do it all. We want to be good at everything. We want to offer a lot of services. But, in reality, there are some very specific things we are great at; nobody is good at everything!

    Spending more time adding value in the areas where you excel can create breakthrough results and boost confidence.

    7. Embrace the Present

    Sometimes we spend so much time thinking about the future or worrying about the past that we forget the present moment[2].

    Are you spending most of your day reacting to things, or have you taken the time to think about what your perfect day looks like?

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    We all have the opportunity to create rather than react, to decide what we do with our day. All of our future success can be created in the present moment if we just take a step back and take action.

    Sometimes, doing it now is more important than doing it perfectly. There are hidden opportunities in every moment. We need to make sure we don’t miss them if we want to feel self-assured.

    8. Calm the Whirlwind

    The day-to-day life in business and life can be hard, which leads us to feel less self-assured.

    Your mind may be full to bursting with all of the things you feel you have to do. The phrase “I don’t have time” has almost become an instant reaction by so many people when new opportunities are presented.

    There is a whirlwind happening inside our minds.

    Appointments, notifications, tasks, phone calls, errands, cash flow, staffing issues, networking, marketing all can clutter up our timeline. The sheer volume of things we feel we should do creates procrastination, stopping us from pursuing the projects and people that matter.

    Many of us feel we have to do everything within our business.

    Rather than simplifying things and doing less, we do more. We work longer, which creates a lack of energy and focus. Because of this, we lose clarity on our biggest opportunities. If you feel this way, take some well-deserved time off.

    Look at where you’re spending your time. How much of your time is being spent moving your ideas forward?

    In the next 90 days, if you could delegate or outsource more daily tasks and spend more time focusing on where you add the biggest value, what difference would it make?

    Calm the whirlwind by slowing down and doing less.

    Focus on areas that you add the biggest amount of value. By doing this, your energy levels will increase, your confidence will grow and you will have more success.

    9. Take More Time off

    This may seem counterintuitive, but taking more time off to recharge and refocus can pay huge dividends.

    If you are constantly fighting fires and caught up in the myriad of different activities that you have to do each day, then how can you move your business forward?

    You may be being pulled in difference directions without any focused time on your biggest projects. If that’s the case, then it’s almost impossible to gain any real momentum in moving your business forward and hitting your goals.

    The best way to get off that treadmill is to take more creative time out of the business.

    Could you realistically take one day off per month to work on your business? If you could, what would you do with this time?

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    Just imagine no distractions, only focused time on the strategic development and growth of your business.

    Every day off per month could have a different focus: New product innovation; Thinking about your biggest clients; Improving operations.

    Add to this a quarterly review to check in with your goals progress, and this could have a dramatic effect on where you spend your valuable time.

    10. Celebrate Wins

    Sometimes you just want to get through the day, right?

    You have so much to do. There are so many things on your task list that you just complete what you can and then start another day. But what would happen if, at the end of each day, you took some time out to look at what you’ve accomplished?

    Celebrating success keeps you motivated and helps you become more self-assured. It is not just another day. It’s a day that included things that should be celebrated.

    If you’re struggling to feel motivated, try celebrating a couple of wins each day.

    Celebrating success combined with the gratitude you have for achieving those wins will boost your confidence and inspire you for the next day.

    11. Give Yourself More Space

    When was the last time you gave yourself time to think?

    Within the hustle and bustle, it can be difficult to give yourself a little bit of space and time to just think[3].

    Imagine giving yourself just an hour a day to just let your mind wander or think about a specific thing.

    If you think about it, we can all free up an hour a day for something without really losing any efficiency or really impacting our business.

    In fact, that hour could be transformational for your business and life.

    A new idea for a product could form, or an idea for adding value to your existing clients could materialize. Perhaps you could do a check in to your ideal future and your goals. You could decide that you want to take your business in a new direction.

    Try this: Just sit alone for an hour with a notebook and let it be your creative thinking time. See what happens.

    Final Thoughts

    Ultimately, being self-assured happens when you have a clear direction.

    This, coupled with having clear goals and working in your unique skill-set, gives you the biggest opportunity to be more productive and get more of the right things done.

    The old mantra that “less is more” is right on the money. By giving yourself more time to work on your goals, you will inevitably increase your confidence; at this point, your ideal future can be anything you want it to be.

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