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WHY SELF-TRUST IS IMPORTANT

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Why Self-Trust Is Important

Trust is a vital aspect of relationships, but one of the most fundamental things we all too often forget to address is how much we trust ourselves. Self-trust is important because it leads to a better relationship with ourselves. And the better we know and like ourselves, the higher our self-confidence and self-assuredness will be. But most importantly, self-trust is key because it allows us to tap into our potential and become more than we are.

“Self-Trust Is The First Secret of Success.”

– Ralph waldo emerson –

Self-trust leads to knowing yourself better, and assist in strengthening your self-confidence in yourself. It helps you to make quicker and better decisions, and your levels of stress are drastically reduced. It does not come overnight but can be fostered over time with practice and determination.

Have you ever found that you second guess yourself, find it difficult to trust your instincts, or even hang on to notions solidified by the past? Many people experience these things too, making it difficult to trust themselves, which inevitably creates uncertainty and difficulty in various parts of our lives. Lacking self-trust also eventually impacts how well we navigate through life.

The Importance Of Self-Trust

When it comes to lacking self-trust, many people struggle with this, so worry not; you are not alone if you struggle with this issue. Lacking self-trust can be pretty debilitating and can cause us to doubt our decisions, abilities, and how we navigate through life.

A lack of self-trust can also limit our opportunities and stifle the success and achievements we desire so deeply. Self-trust is truly a stepping stone to our better futures.

With that being said, like many things in life, the first port of call is identifying why trusting ourselves is difficult. This then allows us to acknowledge the challenges and go about rectifying them. We can then begin the journey of learning how to trust ourselves. It starts with being mindful and self-aware and learning why we doubt ourselves.

When it comes to obtaining self-trust, this does not mean that you trust yourself to be right about everything or that you will never make mistakes, but rather it ensures that you are kind, respectful, and forgiving of yourself, regardless of what may come. You have sufficient faith in yourself to believe that you will always do your best.

With self-trust, you learn to rely on yourself instead of looking to others to see the “right” thing to do. People who have self-trust tend to have greater confidence, and they are generally able to address matters with more clarity. They also tend to be more independent, but this does not mean they never rely on other people.[1]

If you have fostered self-trust, you will also likely speak with greater authority and carry yourself in a manner that does not apologize for who you are. This is not the same as having an air of arrogance, but rather knowing oneself, your value, and what you have to offer others.

People who have self-trust also realize that they may be wrong at times and make mistakes, but this is okay. Instead of allowing themselves to be crippled, they will then take these experiences and learn from them. This will only help reinforce their trust in themselves as they will now know how to handle things in the future.

Okay, we have looked at the importance of self-trust and what it really means to have confidence in oneself, but how do we develop it and ultimately grow into self-assured people? This next section can help with that.

So, if you’re reading to dig into some tips for building your self-trust, let’s dive in:

Tips To Help You Build Your Self-Trust

Tips for Building Self-Trust

1. Be Your Authentic Self

People are often scared of how others perceive them, and we are concerned about judgment and criticism. Therefore we put on a façade and pretend to be who we believe people want us to be. This is a sure sign that your self-trust and your confidence are low, and other people will eventually be able to see through it.

We all get nervous at times, and we want to make a good impression around other people, but when you begin to feel insecure, realize that it is perfectly fine to be yourself. You were born as you, do not feel that you have to change to satisfy other people.

To help to curb insecurities, try being yourself around people you feel comfortable with and then slowly but surely start to spend time with those that make you feel vulnerable and somewhat uncomfortable.

Over time you will discover that your confidence will build, and you will trust that you are enough.

2. Spend Some Time Alone

We do not mean that you need to spend vast amounts of time in isolation, but if you lack self-trust, the best thing to do is to look inward. This is not always easy, though, and you may even keep yourself constantly busy to avoid spending time by yourself.

And although it is a good idea to keep active in life, sometimes we need to sit for a moment and have a bit of introspection. How can you trust yourself if you never spend any time with yourself? Each day invest a small amount of time in sitting with yourself and growing in self-awareness.

Consider the thoughts that plague your mind, note if there is any self-criticism, acknowledge it, but then let it go and if it is something legitimate, then make plans to improve these aspects of yourself.

3. Treat Yourself With Kindness

Kindness tends to spawn from love, and that is what you need to develop. You need to find a way to develop self-love. If you love yourself and accept yourself for who you are, you are far more likely to grow your self-trust.[2]

When you love yourself, you will have far fewer negative thoughts about yourself, and you will be less likely to fire harsh criticism, especially when you fail or make mistakes. So try to grow the love you have for yourself and be mindful of what your inner voice says about you.

Train yourself to think kind and accepting thoughts of yourself instead of things that are critical and corrosive. If you are kinder to yourself and show yourself the grace that love provides, you will be far more likely to grow in your self-trust.

Related: Inspiring Trust Yourself Quotes

4. Focus On Self-Improvement

Everyone has strengths and weaknesses, and by now, you likely have a fair idea of what yours are, but if not, consider sitting down and examining what these are. You can then examine what areas of your life need improvement and where you likely need less work.

Then realize that self-improvement does not happen overnight and will take time and dedication. If you struggle to talk in front of people, for example, focus on that and see what strengths you have that can help you improve on your shortcoming. Perhaps you’ve got a great sense of humor, and this can assist you.

Regardless of what you feel you need to focus on, once you start on a journey of self-improvement, you begin to gain confidence and trust yourself to handle the things that life brings your way.

5. Practice Decisiveness

If you find that you constantly second guess and question your decisions and the actions you take, you will struggle with self-trust. And this, over time, may cause us to doubt who we are as a person and what we stand for.

Thus we need silence our inner critic and it’s loud doubting voice.[3] And then decisively chart a course that encourages us to stick with what we decide, even if that decision ends badly. At least you can say that you stood by what you felt was the right choice.

If it was the wrong choice, don’t beat yourself up, learn from it, and then you can be wiser for the future. 

Conclusion

Seeking to develop your self-trust is one of the best things you can do for yourself. Not only will you learn more about who you are as a person and what you stand for, but you will also grow your confidence and improve your decision-making processes.

However, your biggest gain from trusting yourself, and the reason everyone should strive to improve their self-trust, is the fact that it is the gateway to our best life.

So, get to work on improving your self-trust, and then relax in the fact that you’re actively creating a better future for yourself.

Till then,

STRIVE

PS – If you enjoyed this post on the importance of trusting yourself, then you’ll also enjoy this article that covers some of the best ways to build self-trust.

The Strive Team is made up of everyday people and experts from all sorts of different callings and professions, each contributing their best advice and unique insights to help you navigate the challenges of success, and support you as you strive to dream big, work hard, and achieve the impossible.

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BEST TIPS FOR OVERCOMING FEAR TO ACHIEVE YOUR BEST LIFE

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Overcoming Fear

If you’re looking for some practical tips for overcoming fear you’ve come to the right place. In this post we will be providing you with a handful of some of the most effective strategies to help you overcome fears so you can ultimately improve your life.

Before we get started, it’s probably a good idea to first establish what fear actually is. So, as a standard fear is best defined as, “an unpleasant emotion caused by the belief that someone or something is dangerous, likely to cause pain or a threat.”

Fear is also that sinking feeling in your stomach telling you to abandon ship. It’s that’s self-doubt and self-consciousness you feel every so often wrapped into one.

But, fear can be a good thing. It can be a good thing because it is something that can lead you to success. Fear instinctually tells us to run the other way. Which means it also simultaneously shows us where the opportunities lie.

Thus, learning to love your fear is the first step to becoming the best version of yourself.

Our brains are easily programmable. Fear exists when there aren’t enough reference points for the mind to articulate reality. Without attempting to tackle fears, they become insurmountable in our minds. The moment these fears are tested however, they begin to show us the light.

How to Start Overcoming Fear

That said, here’s how you can start overcoming fear in your own life. First things first; your fear will control you up until the moment you deal with it. It will always be lingering at the back of your mind – waiting to strike.

Fear doesn’t want you to step up and take a risk. Fear would rather you stay in your comfort zone while it gets fed by your constant anxiety. In short, fear is what helps you stay alive.

However, in this day and age, overcoming fear is required if you wish to thrive. You HAVE to face your fears to get anywhere in life. Without facing your fears you won’t ever know what it means to dive headfirst into the unknown. You’ll always be looking for the safe route in life – safe is easy. But, safe doesn’t get you anywhere.

Thus, the only real way to overcome fear, is to ultimately face it. That said, there are a few shortcuts that one can take to ultimately inch closer even the most fearful person, closer to facing theirs.

Which is why we created this powerful set of tips for overcoming fear. We want to help you overcome the obstacles that hold too many people back from facing their fears and living their best lives. So, let’s dive in and get you on your way to better understanding your fears, so you ultimately overcome them once and for all.

BEST TIPS FOR OVERCOMING FEAR

Best Tips for Overcoming Fear

1) Acknowledge Where Fear Comes From

Fear comes from the mind’s inability to understand a scenario without evidence. Your fears don’t define you – it’s just the mind’s way of coping with the unknown. Being afraid is normal.

The issue stems from letting these fears run rampant. The mind requires evidence to make conclusions, without facing your fears the resulting anxiety begins to multiply. Realize that fears are untested thoughts and the control they have over you starts to dwindle. 

2) Your Fears Want the Best

Fears do attempt to stop us from bettering ourselves but they want us to become the best version of ourselves. It’s irony at its best. Let fear control you or control your fear and be rewarded. 

The gut feeling that you’re scared is how you know you’re on the right track. You’re venturing into the unknown, the mind feels it’s at risk. Give the mind the evidence it needs to stop being scared. Let your mind make evidence-based conclusions and understand that the projections we imagine don’t hold up in reality.

3) You Grow in Discomfort

How do you know you’re making progress? You feel uncomfortable.

Facing your fears is the ultimate discomfort. You’re letting your mind know that you are willing to object comfort. Letting yourself be uncomfortable goes against the grain, your entire reality is at risk.

And you know what? Let your reality get shattered. Let the mind see that your fears are nothing but jumped-the-gun conclusions. The more you face your fears, the more you begin embracing them. The growth you gain by tackling your discomfort is incomprehensible.

4) You Make Your Own Reality

Are you going to sit patiently and hope good things come to you? 

Or would you rather defy reality and get what it is you want out of life?

Overcoming your fears is the difference between winners and losers. No one will live your life for you, you must make yourself be heard. Without ever taking risks, you’ll be right where you started. 

Instead of sitting quietly, ask your boss for the raise you deserve. Ask the girl/guy out that you’ve been eyeing for the past few weeks. Sign up for that rock climbing class.

Opportunities are ripe for the taking.

 5) Fear is Your Guiding Light

Embrace your fears. Begin a romantic relationship with the fact that you feel human. Start loving the feeling inside of your stomach that’s attempting to keep you safe. Fear wants you to stay right where you are, it’s telling you exactly what you need to know. 

Walking right into your fears rather than running. When emotions are left undealt with, they run rampant. It’s your mission to understand yourself better, to dive deep into uncomfortable emotions. Thrive in your fear.

6) Be a Badass

The amount of self-confidence you gain from fear busting is immense. You’ll go from sitting in a corner, paralyzed from fear to understanding that your fears on a deep level are helping you rather than hurting. You can become a badass by simply choosing to take baby steps towards overcoming your deepest fears.

You can also fake it till you make it, walk with a bit more swagger. Think, walk, and act like the badass you want to be, and you’ll become it.

You only have one life to live. It’ll take you a split-second of your time to face fear. You’re trading off a second of your life for self-confidence that lasts a lifetime. It’s hard to say no to that!

7) Change Your Perspective

Change your perspective. If you don’t feel fear, something is wrong.

Fear drives us to jump. Without this compelling urge to investigate, to make a change, we would never strive to better ourselves. Imagine what your life would look like without fear, it’d be boring as hell!

Most people don’t realize the incredible transformational power that fear holds. The ones that seek fear are the ones that seek opportunities and take risks. Risk-taking is how you develop intuition. So, strive to see fear from a different perspective.

Feel the fear, and do that thing that you fear anyway.

8) Build a Social Circle that Pushes You

You need to find likeminded people who are also pushing their boundaries. These friends are the people who will be there to remind you that your fear is unsubstantiated. There will be moments where you need that extra push off the proverbial cliff.

It’s easy to give advice but to practice what you preach can be difficult. Find a group of people who are pushing themselves constantly as they will push you when needed. Pushing the envelope gets a bit easier when a friend reminds you that you’ll be ok in the end.

9) Face Your Fear TODAY

Time gets faster as we grow older. Blink and you might miss the next few years. 

You don’t have time to wait. Life will be over before you know it. You’ll want to relish the action you took and the braveness you showed throughout your life.  You won’t remember the times that you sat at home with your favorite ice cream watching Netflix. The memories that stick are ones that impact our lives. 

How many years of staying in your comfort zone need to go by before you take action?

You’ll be ok. Your fear wants the best in you. You won’t recognize yourself if you continue facing your fears, day after day. The best version of yourself is waiting to be unleashed.

Don’t wait until it’s too late.

It’s in Your Hands

You’ve been given all the tools. The rest is up to you. Here’s a quick recap for you to help these tips stick:

  • Acknowledge Where Fear Comes From
  • Understand Why You Feel Fear
  • Known That Discomfort Is Your Friend
  • Take Action and Create Opportunities
  • Learn To Embrace The Feeling of Fear
  • Think Of Yourself as a Badass
  • Change Your Perspective On What You Fear
  • Build a Social Circle That Pushes You
  • Adopt a ‘Just Do It’ Attitude

Your fears are ready to be faced. Your inner being is ready to face the challenge.

You will grow, and you will transform if you take action. So take some action, any action, because the rest of your life is going to be made up by the actions taken today.

Till you’ve overcome your fears,

STRIVE

PS – If you enjoyed this write-up on overcoming fear, then you’ll likely also enjoy these popular Ted Talks on how to crush your fears.

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HOW TO BECOME AN EXTROVERT AND OVERCOME SHYNESS FOREVER

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How to Become an Extrovert and Overcome Shyness

Have you ever found yourself dreaming about someday speaking in front of large audiences, being the life of a party at a networking event, or working closely with teams of people to complete a big project; only to later think to yourself that perhaps this fanciful idea is unlikely because, well…you’re shy?

Want to Learn How to Become an Extrovert?

If this has happened to you there’s a good reason for it. Chances are you’ve experience this because you have introverted tendencies, but extroverted ambitions.

Say what?

Look, all I mean, is that you probably like to keep to yourself, you don’t really enjoy being in large group settings, you don’t fancy small talk, but, you do aspire to achieve big goals and grand achievements.  You know, the kind that seems to favor those with an outgoing and gregarious personality.

If this sounds like you, don’t fret, you are not alone. In fact, there are heaps of people who are in the same boat.  Thousands and thousands of people want to know how to overcome shyness too.  The great news is, your vision of success and ambitions don’t have to be put on hold just because you are an introvert.

I used to be an introvert.  I still am actually.  I’ve just found a way to camouflage my introverted inclinations.  Put another way, I’ve learned some interpersonal and social communication strategies that allow me to “cloak” my introversion.  I’ve learned how to become an extrovert.

And the great news is, anybody can do it. Including you!

The Outgoing Introvert

These days, most people would think me to be an extrovert.  I’ve been called gregarious, outgoing, social, and even the life of the party before.  If I were to believe what others have said about me, I would have to consider myself an extrovert.

But the truth is, I know myself, and I am far from it.  I have had my moments in the past where I’ve let loose and just let my guard/hair down.  You know, just going with flow and letting my voice be heard.  Of course, in most of those past instances, imbibing several alcoholic beverages was typically involved.

It was in those moments that I learned through the eyes of others, my ability to be an extrovert, even though I wasn’t one at heart.   I say this, because for the most part, I really am a low-key individual. 

I am the type of person who has no problem keeping to himself all day long, and getting lost in my work.  And typically, I still prefer to not attend large social events.  Networking is not much fun for me, and I still find myself avoiding group events (from time to time), especially if I can get away with it.

Fortunately, in the instance that I must “get social”, or when I must speak in front of large groups of people, I can now do it with ease and in a way where others actually suspect me to be some type of social-butterfly.

And quite astonishingly, zero ‘drinks’ are needed.

Learning to Become an Extrovert

If you’re wondering “Well, how is he able to do this?”  Let me first give you some background as to how I acquired such strategies.  Then I’ll give you some ways to help you do the same.

Years ago, I got fed up with my job working as an analyst for an engineering firm, and decided to jump into selling real estate.  If you know anything about analytics or engineering, you’re probably aware, that by and large, people in this profession are very reserved, analytical, and keen on staying out of the public eye.  In short, social is not their strong suite.

Similarly, real estate agents, or sales professionals in general are quite the opposite of the engineer or analytics professional.  They are outgoing, talkative, easy to be around, and bluntly put, social.

As a novice real estate agent who thrust himself into the deep waters of sales, with zero sales experience, and with the social inclinations of an engineer, one could say that drowning was imminent.

The Miracle of Action

Business was not booming, and my savings were taking a nose dive week by week for three months straight.  So, I did what any person in such a situation would do, I started to flail.  In my case, this flailing consisted of putting myself out there 10x more than I was already doing.

It consisted of reading a handful of books on communication, sales, psychology.  It also consisted of practicing, a concept that I had long forgotten since my days playing college football.  A concept that seemed quite foreign in a working world where the only time people seem to be concerned with their work, was from 9 to 5.

Miraculously, I found a way to transform myself into an extrovert when it mattered most.  And I ultimately became the type of person my goals needed me to be.

And now I want to share what I learned with you. So, to help you overcome shyness and become an extrovert, I’ve put together this short list of strategies that were the most useful in helping me make my transformation.

7 SIMPLE TIPS TO HELP YOU BECOME AN EXTROVERT

How to Be an Extrovert

 1. Put Yourself Out There

Really, one of the best things you can do to get out of your head and into the world, is to just put yourself out there.  When you constantly push yourself to do things in front of people, or force yourself to talk to others, even when you don’t want to, you’ll strengthen your ability to do more of it in the future.

Start small, by doing things that are on the edgy of your comfort zone. Then slowly move to activities that are just beyond it.

If you do this enough, it will eventually become a habit and you won’t have any problems showing up as an extrovert when the time arises.  Until you get to that point of course, the following steps will be helpful.

2. To Become an Extrovert, First Practice Being One

This may sound odd, but practicing the gift of gab is essential if you want to show up as a gifted communicator.  In short, when you practice chatting up someone, you are training yourself for a performance.

The benefits of this are two-fold.  First off, if you are practice anything, you will eventually get better.  So if you practice shooting the breeze with others, you will become more comfortable with it eventually.  Similarly, if you practice alone in front of a mirror, it will be as if you are preparing to perform. 

Much benefit can also be gleamed from mental practice as well.  Meaning, if habitually envision yourself chatting up others flawlessly, or speaking in front of people without a hitch, you’ll actually be prepared to do it well when opportunity arises.

This is where the second benefit of practice comes in.  Basically, if you can see your social interactions more as a performance, then it can make communicating to large groups or to others at social events much easier. 

The reason for this is because if you consider your communication as performing, then you don’t have to attach yourself to the outcome of the conversation or speech.   And by detaching yourself, you essentially get to protect your ego in the event you do get judged.

3. Make Confidence and Extroversion a Study

Reading up on ways to overcome shyness is essential to transforming yourself into an extrovert.  In fact, some of the books I read to get help me make my quick transformation included books such as Courage – The Art of Living Dangerously, The Magic of Thinking Big, How to Win Friends and Influence People, How to Stop Worrying and Start Living, Feel the Fear and Do it Anyway, End the Struggle and Dance with Life, How to Talk to Anyone, Real Magic, How to Talk on Your Feet, etc.

In using the Fearless Formula, you get distilled knowledge curated from over 20 + different experts on how to ‘come out of your shell’ and show up as an extrovert.

If you are shy, introverted, and need an action oriented tool to help you become an extrovert, then this is a great place to start your study of the subject.  And, then you’d be doing yourself an enormous favor by adding some of these excellent resources on confidence to your library as well.

4. Become an Active Listener

Oddly, this method is probably the most effective when it comes to interpersonal communication.  I learned this method from Dale Carnegie’s book, ‘How To Win Friends and Influence People’.  When people feel they’re being sincerely listened to, they’ll associate positive qualities to the listener.

So in essence, when we listen carefully to what others are saying, and genuinely show interest in them, people will find us to be sociable and interesting as well.  Not only that, but by actively listening to others, you worrying less about what you ‘should’ say next.

When we take the focus off of us, and put it on others, people will be more eager to chat with us.  Magically, you’ll become sought out for conversation and social interactions.  And knowing that others actually want to talk to us (because everybody wants to talk about numero uno…themselves), it makes chatting up other people a whole lot easier.

5. Have Something to Talk About

Many people shy away from talking with others because they feel like they don’t have much in common them. But there is an simple remedy for this.  A simple tactic to help you come out of your shell, is to always ensure you are up-to-date with current affairs.  Knowing what is going on in the world can go along way in helping you relate to people about “the happenings of the day”.

By having material to converse about with others, and topics others would be interested in knowing about or would want to hear your opinion on, you’ll increase your preparedness to talk with others freely.  And the more prepared you feel, the more comfortably you’ll be a striking up conversations with strangers.[1]

So brush up on the news and what’s popular, and be ready to share your opinions like an extrovert.

6. To Become Extroverted You Must Get Your Mind Right

Many introverts have a problem with busy brains.  We process events and things in a very cerebral way and so tend to overthink things. 

Unfortunately, this tends to show up as internal conversations we have with ourselves about everything.  And sometimes, those inner conversations create unnecessary alarm.

As an introvert, your inner voice can become loud, especially when you are about to do something that makes you nervous.  This inner talk leads to even more nervousness, especially if that voice is filled with a nervous tone.  It can be a compounding effect.  And it is this compounding effect that paralyzes many introverts from “getting out there”.

As an introvert you’re nervous enough as it is, and having an inner voice yelling at you… “No, no, don’t do it!  It’s not gonna work, you’re gonna make a fool of yourself,” etc.. doesn’t help your situation.

So, to fight this, you must get your mind right.  And the best way to get your mind right is to silence your inner doubter with meditation.   If you start practicing mediation daily, you’ll easily learn how to gag your inner nervous chatter.  And when you gag that inner train-wreck, trying your hand at becoming an extrovert is a whole lot easier.

7. Visualize the Extrovert You Want to Be

If you really want to know how to become an extrovert, you must not skip this step.  One of the most powerful tactics you can employ to unleash your inner extrovert, is to visualize the extrovert you want to be. 

In your mind, be the extrovert you want to be. I know that sounds simple, but the mind is a powerful thing.

When you start to visualize that powerful outgoing you, the version you want to be, you give yourself subconscious mind permission to seek ways to bring that ‘you’ into reality.   If you don’t know where to start, just follow Napoleon Hill’s Self-Confidence formula.  It is a powerful tool and it can help you begin the visualizing you need to do, to step into your extroverted self.

Final Words on How to Become an Extrovert

There you have it, seven powerful tactics to help you become the extrovert that you know you can be.  Here’s a quick recap to help you retain what you just learned:

  1. Put Yourself Out There
  2. Practice Being an Extrovert
  3. Study Confident & Extroverted People
  4. Become an Active Listener
  5. Always Have Something to Talk About
  6. Calm Your Mind
  7. Use Visualization

As you strive to become more extroverted remember this, it is not necessary for a person to be born an extrovert in order to achieve meaningful success in their lives.  It’s true, many extroverts were born extroverts, but many have also been made.

Never forget that many celebrities, leaders, and uber-successful entrepreneurs are introverts; like Stephen Spielberg (Multi-Award Winning Director), James Hetfield (Lead Singer of Metallica), Tom Hanks (Actor),  J.K Rowling (Author of Harry Potter Series), Barak Obama (ex-President of the United States), and Elon Musk (Inventor and CEO of Tesla), and if they can succeed, so can you.[2]

The people who have the ability to transform themselves into an extrovert on demand, will be better able to capitalize on opportunities when they arise.  And you now have seven little secrets that most introverted people will never be aware of.  Lucky you!

Till next time

STRIVE

PS  –  If you’re ready to unleash your inner extrovert and start living like a lion, and not a lamb, be sure to read this today!

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BE YOUR OWN HERO

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Be Your Own Hero

The Strive recently published an article by Atlas Rowe about finding your greatness.

It was a great article and he made many good points that I agree with.

There are a lot of people that are worried that wanting to be successful or rich will make them no different than one of those egotistical, entitled, shallow rich people. I know because I used to be one. I used to think the pursuit of money made me shallow and ugly.

But there are also a lot of people that want things to be easy. I know because I used to be one of those people too, not wanting to put myself out there and take a risk, in case I fell flat on my face.

It felt safer to wait until I had the perfect idea, or for the perfect moment.

I put a condition on my success without realising it.

Success was only possible if first x,y and z happened.

What is Your Dream?

Tell me, do you have a dream?  A wish?  Want to lose weight, start a business, get married, find that perfect job?

Here’s a question:  What is holding you back?

Why haven’t you started your business yet?

Why aren’t you married yet?

Why are you still complaining about your dead end job, why haven’t you done anything about it?

I can hear the litany of excuses you are likely shouting at me now.

“There are no jobs available that i’m qualified for.”

“I can’t afford a gym membership right now so I can’t lose weight.”

“There are no more good men/women left to date.”

I hear it all the time and it drives me nuts. Friends, family, co-workers, all complaining about something or another without taking action.

So many of us are waiting for the right moment.

We have a dream but we add a condition to it so we have a convenient excuse on why we haven’t taken action yet.

And it allows us to say “It’s not my fault”.

Too often we want what we want without making an effort.

Yes you want to be a millionaire and I see you buying lottery tickets, but honestly, you are more likely to get rich starting your own internet business than you are winning the lottery.

You are like a victim in a superhero movie, waiting for Batman to sweep in and save you.

Well here’s a thought:  IT’S TIME TO BE YOUR OWN HERO!

Be Your Own Hero Quote

Batman didn’t know what he was doing at first either. It took him a while to perfect his costume (let’s face it he still can’t turn his neck). He had to learn how to fight, leap from buildings, drive ridiculous cars and bikes (I mean really!).

He doesn’t carry a gun so he has to pummel bad guys with his bare hands, and get pummelled in the process himself.

The police hate him. He has no friends, and only one person, Alfred, knows his true identity.

Yet he goes to work during the day and then at night, instead of sitting in front of the TV eating pizza, he goes out fighting crime so he can make his city a better place to live in.

No-one shows up to save him, but everyone expects him to save them.

His life sucks, big time!

I bet it sucks more than yours.

But still he does it. He does it because he has a dream and no-one else can do it for him.

It’s time for you to become your own hero and make your own world better.

I have researched a lot of successful people, and if there is one thing I can say for sure, is that they took responsibility for their own lives.

They took action to make their dreams come true.

There was no waiting for the right job, or the right moment.

They didn’t sit around complaining that no-one was helping them, that they didn’t know how to do something, or about their boss, or their lack of opportunities.

They went out there and they made it happen.

For most of them, it was hard, it took time, there were many setbacks, people saying it couldn’t be done.

I bet they were lonely, and scared, and worried about money.  But they stayed the course until they succeeded.

There’s a quote floating around on the internet, how some people work for years and years only to suddenly become “successful overnight”.

It’s like TheStrive.co, do you think they built this website overnight? No, it took years of hard work and dedication to make it the brilliant site it is today.

I used to be one of those mediocre underachievers, never really trying too hard to achieve things, I worried about failing, or being seen to fail.

I didn’t think I could do it and to be honest I was simply too scared.

It has taken many years of reprogramming my brain, but I’ve realized that I am actually capable of anything I put my mind to, I SIMPLY HAVE TO GET STARTED.

  • When I try things, I am more likely to achieve something.
  • And I learn from it.
  • I even learn from failing.
  • This increases my confidence.
  • Which means that now I am willing to try even bigger and better things.

I became my own hero.

I now know that if I want something to happen, it is my duty and responsibility to do it.

No-one else can do it for me. It’s just me, I have to take action.

What Does it Mean to Be Your Own Hero?

It means no more excuses.

No more waiting for the right moment, or the right opportunity.

No more being afraid.

Your parents aren’t responsible for your life, nor your boss, your teachers, your partner or your financial adviser.

You are the person responsible for your life.

It’s time to take action, even if it’s a small step, to making your dreams come true.

How Do I Start? Where Do I Start?

Career

If you want a promotion then don’t wait until you feel ready.

There are two types of people in this world, those who think they are ready to be CEO when they are not, and those who never feel ready, so they don’t even try.

You’re obviously in the 2nd group otherwise you wouldn’t be reading this.

Make an appointment with your boss, state your case for a promotion, and get clarity of what you’ll have to do to make it happen.

My boss gave me a lot of projects to work on for a year or two to raise my profile.

It also gave me lots of material to put on my promotion form to prove I have what it takes to go to the next level.

New Job

Enough complaining about how much you hate your job.

It’s time to start looking for a new job.

The perfect job isn’t going to find you through magic, you’ll have to go looking for it.

And like a princess you’re going to have to kiss a few frogs.

This means go for interviews even if you don’t particularly want the job, because it is great practise.

That way when the job you DO want comes along, your interview skills will be awesome.

  1. Write your CV.
  2. Create a few online job seeker profiles – there are many websites to choose from, in all industries. Start with Linked In if you are unsure.
  3. Search for 10 jobs at least, they don’t have to be perfect, and you don’t need to have all the qualifications listed.
  4. Apply for those 10 jobs.
  5. Wait a week or two. REPEAT the process until you get at least three interviews.

Romance

I recently had a conversation with a friend about dating.

I often feel that when we date, or when we are single, we are hoping someone will come along and sweep us off our feet, solve all our problems for us, tell us we’re beautiful and smart, make us feel loved and worthy of being loved.

We expect them to help us magically melt all our insecurities away in a heartbeat.

If only the right person would come along to love you, you could finally feel confident, secure and happy.

We’re all waiting for that confident, pretty, successful and rich person to come along.

No-one thinks to become that person themselves.

The problem with waiting for someone else to be your hero, is that there are no perfect heroes. Everyone has their own problems, and their own insecurities.

So instead you must become the hero in your own story.

When I first saw the movie Shrek, I was very amused by the princess.

She is clearly her own hero capable of saving herself.

But instead of taking ownership, she chooses to wait around for her perfect prince to come along.

Don’t be the princess in the tower.

Consider this:  Why should someone else love you if you don’t love yourself?

Work on yourself, learn to love yourself.

Business

So you want to have your own business but don’t know where to start?

Here’s a thought:  E-commerce

Selling a product on Amazon is the easiest way to get started and you can do that while still showing up for your day job (the one you hate).

  1. Make a list of everything you have bought yourself over the past 6 months.
  2. Then make a list of everything your partner has bought over the past 6 months
  3. And another list of everything you hear your friends or work colleagues talk about.
  4. Have kids in the family? Well what toys do they talk about or like playing with?

If you still don’t have an idea for your first product then it’s time to pivot to some other type of business.

Education

It’s time to stop talking about it and finally sign up for your MBA, or those guitar lessons you’ve had on your New Year’s Resolutions now for 5 years straight.

I bet at least one person you work with has an MBA.

Ask around till you find that person, and get their thoughts on where you should go for yours.

Guitar lessons you can easily do online.

Or better yet, GO OUT AND BUY A GUITAR and then ask the salesperson who they would recommend.

Money

It’s time to accept you are underpaid.

And therefore time for a payrise.

I find it works about the same as asking for a promotion.  Make a list of all everything you’ve achieved over the past year or 2, and it helps if you can find out what others earn.

If your manager is willing he/she might give you some more projects to work on.  This is good, that way when you complete it they have no choice but to give you the pay increase.

But if they say no, then it’s time to negotiate.

  1. Don’t accept no for an answer
  2. Be patient
  3. Continue the conversation as calmly as possible
  4. Impress on your boss all your successes
  5. List your current responsibilities
  6. Mention your completed projects
  7. And find out the general salary on the street (only if higher than yours, don’t mention it if it’s lower)
  8. Be willing to compromise.
    1. You can offer to work more weekends to prove your dedication to the company, or vice versa, if they offer to pay for travel expenses or something similar, then it’s as good as getting a pay rise as you’ll still have extra money in your pocket.

Read Never Split the Difference: Negotiating As If Your Life Depended On It by Christopher Voss.

It’s one of the best books on negotiation I’ve ever read.

I’ve negotiated the most random concessions out of companies and people using these techniques, all which in the end had real monetary value for me.

Buying a House

I can’t lie, unless you are a hedge fund baby, you’re going need to start saving some money every month.

Hero’s don’t wait for permission. So grab the bull by the horns, and start socking money away whenever you can and as much as you can.

The sooner you start the easier it will become, and the BETTER it will be for you thanks to Compound Interest.

Compound interest is when you earn interest on last year’s interest.

Over 10 years it can make a massive difference.

The same goes for credit cards, but not in your favour. Interest on interest you haven’t paid is like burning banknotes for fun, except no-one actually thinks it’s fun.

In my opinion, you should be buying your first house by the age of 30. Even if you think the market is overpriced, start saving money, because luck happens when preparedness meets opportunity.

The point is, get your budget together and start saving money.

  1. Have a look at starter homes for first time buyers in your area so you can get an idea of prices
  2. Make a budget
  3. List your income
  4. List all your expenses
  5. List everything that you spend money on that are luxuries (I hate to be one of THOSE people but 5 Starbucks lattes a day is not a good investment)
  6. Figure out what you can give up each month
  7. How much can you then save a month

The math works like this:

  1. You can save $100 per month
  2. You need $20,000 to put down on a deposit for a house
  3. That means you have to save for 200 months, which is 16+ years.

Or

  1. You want to buy a house in 5 years, so 12 months x 5 = 60 months of saving
  2. The deposit will be $20,000.
  3. So you need to save $334 per month

Round the World Trip

Be honest now, it’s on your bucket list isn’t it!

Here’s the good news that most employees don’t know, because they don’t read the employee handbook properly.

Most companies offer some sort of unpaid leave where you can take a career break without having to quit your job.

Meaning that as long as you have saved enough money for expenses while you travel, your job will still be there when you get back.

Check with your HR department, then have a conversation with your manager.

Find out what they would be willing to agree with.

It might be that they can’t do without you this year, but if you wait 12 months after that big project has finished, they would be willing to let you take 3 months off.

Become Your Best Self

I’ve left this one for last as it’s a bit vague.

But the truth is that success in life requires you to TAKE SOME FORM OF ACTION.

For many that action is too scary.

We lack self confidence or self-esteem for so many reasons, so to take that next step can be daunting and scary.

So it’s time to start working on yourself.

Learn more about confidence, build new habits that set you up for success, and start working on acquiring the skills you might need to build the future you want.

You are still delaying taking action, but at least you are taking small steps in the right direction.

The point is to START!

Conclusion

Be The Hero Of Your Own Story Quote

Every journey begins with a small step.

Define your dream life.

Identify small steps you can take towards it.

OR…

GO BIG!

Take MASSIVE action.

Dive in head first and learn to swim with the sharks.

It’s your choice.

But I promise you, on your deathbed you will wish you had at least tried.

Don’t be the boring grandparent!

Be the grandparent with the great stories to tell!

Till next time,

STRIVE

PS – If you enjoyed this post about becoming your own hero, then you’ll love this post on How to Be a Conqueror.

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7 SIMPLE TIPS TO ENTER ANY JOB INTERVIEW WITH CONFIDENCE

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When you’ve finally made it past the phone interviews and you’ve scheduled your first sit-down, you can breathe a sigh of relief. After the initial excitement has passed, however, another feeling might start to creep in – anxiety. Even if you are the most qualified person for the job, an in-person interview can still be a nerve-wracking experience.

Putting yourself out there is never easy, but it can be particularly difficult in a professional setting when it feels like your entire work history is being evaluated. It’s normal to be a little stressed about a job interview, but it doesn’t have to become overwhelming. Doing a little prep work ahead of time can calm your nerves and help you step into your interview with confidence.

BEST CONFIDENCE TIPS FOR INTERVIEWS

Best Confidence Tips for Interviews

1. Do Your Research Ahead of Time

By now you’ve probably submitted dozens of applications, maybe even hundreds. Take a moment to celebrate the fact that you’ve been granted an interview, but then it’s time to buckle down. Do your homework and research the company as well as the industry so you can form a deeper understanding of the position you’re applying for and your potential role. Many interviewers like to ask what the interviewee knows about the company, so this research is very important.

The easiest way to find information about a company is to visit the website. Review the company’s history, mission statement, and key members then take a look at their blog, if they have one. Check the news section of the website as well to learn about recent successes and innovations you can bring up in the interview to show you’ve done your research. Showing an interest in the company itself and not just the job will impress your interviewers and help them remember you above other candidates.

In addition to researching the company, you should also see what you can find out about your interviewers. At the very least, try to find out who will be interviewing you along with their names and titles so you can put a face with a name when you come in for the interview.

2. Jot Down Some Quick Notes

As you’re researching the company, jot down some quick notes on a cheat sheet. You can keep a longer sheet of notes with the major details, but it’s a good idea to have a smaller note sheet you can take with you on the day of the interview for last-minute preparation.

During your interview, it’s important to be engaged with your interviewers. You don’t want your head to be buried in your notes, but it doesn’t hurt to write down a few key details to jog your memory and to keep you on track. The name of the company as well as the names and titles of your interviewers are important to include, and you may also want to jot down some highlights from your resume or cover letter that uniquely qualifies you for the position.

Something else you should include in your note sheet, or at least think about ahead of time, is the questions you want to ask your interviewers after the interview. Asking an intelligent question about the company or the position shows your interest. It’s also an opportunity for you to determine that the company and the position are the right fit for you, not just that you’re qualified for the position.

3. Prepare Answers to Common Questions

As you prepare for your interview, you want to learn what you can about the company. Once you step into the interview, however, the focus shifts to you. It becomes your interviewer’s job to determine whether you’re the right fit for the position and your job to show that you are.

Every interview is different, depending on the company and the industry, but there are some common questions almost every interviewer asks. Many interviews start with the dreaded phrase, “Tell me about yourself.” This may not sound like a question, but it’s still an important tool for interviewers to glean valuable information about you and it’s your first opportunity to shine.

It’s okay to share a few personal details about your life but try to keep things relevant to your work experience and your interest in the position. Talk a little about your current role and your successes in the position then segue into why you’re looking for a new position and what brought you to this company. This is a great place to work in some of the details you learned during your research about the company, especially if you can use it to highlight key points from your resume.

You don’t need to memorize your answer to this and other common interview questions but thinking about it ahead of time will help you formulate a more coherent response in the moment.

Here are some other common interview questions you may want to prepare for:

  • What are your biggest strengths and/or weaknesses?
  • What makes you a good fit for this position?
  • Where do you see yourself in five years?
  • How do you deal with stress or conflict?
  • Why do you want to leave your current company?

As much as you practice your answers to these questions, your response may come out entirely different on the day of your interview. If there’s an important detail you don’t want to leave out, write it down on your cheat sheet.

4. Get Ready the Day Before

Once your cheat sheet is ready, it’s time to plan the other details for the day of your interview. Print five copies of your resume as well as copies of your references and put them in folders for easy distribution. If you know how many people will be interviewing you, you can make one copy for each with an extra. Don’t forget to include one for yourself!

Next, think about your interview outfit. Choose something professional that fits well. Even if the company’s culture is very laid back, you still want to dress professionally to show you’re taking the opportunity seriously. Make sure your clothes are clean and pressed – you should try them on just to make sure there won’t be any surprises on interview day.

Don’t forget to think about your shoes! Choose something appropriate and comfortable – you should be prepared to do some walking in case your interviewer decides to take you on a tour of the office.

Related: The Self-Confidence Formula

5. Arrive 10 to 15 Minutes Early

Nothing looks worse than showing up late to an interview, so plan your commute to arrive at least 10 minutes early. If you’re unfamiliar with the location or the route, it doesn’t hurt to drive to the interview location earlier in the week just to make sure you know where you’re going. Be sure to factor in local traffic at the time of your interview as well.

When you arrive, take a few minutes to visit the restroom and check your outfit. Take a few deep breaths and review your note sheet so the information is fresh in your mind. While you’re waiting to be called, you may even want to review some of your answers to the common interview questions mentioned above. Above all else, just try to remain calm and positive about the opportunity before you.

If you find yourself becoming anxious, put the note sheet away and think about something else. Rather than rehearsing your prepared answers in your head, think more generally about what makes your skills and experience unique. Remind yourself why you’re a good fit for the position. After all, you’ve been chosen for an in-person interview, so your interviewers must have seen something they liked on your application!

6. Make a Good First Impression

You only get one chance to make a first impression and it starts from the moment you walk in the building. Preparing yourself ahead of time ensures that you’ll be able to walk in with confidence, but the way you present yourself still matters. Greet your interviewer with a smile and a strong handshake. Introduce yourself and pay attention when your interviewer gives you their name – you’ll want to use it later to show you were paying attention and that you take the interview seriously.

Even if you’re feeling nervous, try to slow your mind down and focus on what’s in front of you. Take the interview one question at a time and don’t rush through your answers – don’t be afraid to take a moment to gather your thoughts before you answer! A well-formed response is always better than a jumbled one. Keeping a cool head under pressure will impress your interviewers.

7. Ask About Next Steps

Don’t be in a rush to leave when the interview comes to a close. Just because your interviewers are finished asking questions doesn’t mean the interview is over – there’s one final step you shouldn’t skip. Ask about next steps and follow up after you leave. Asking about the next step in the process will reinforce your interest in the position and give you a general timeline of what to expect moving forward.

Once you’ve left the interview, be sure to follow up within 24 hours. Send a thank-you note to the interviewers showing your appreciation for their time and reiterating your interest in the position. This is the perfect time to mention any details you may have forgotten to include during your interview as well. If you interviewed with multiple people from the company, send each one a personal email.

Bonus Confidence Tip For Interviews

Alright, here’s one last and final confidence tip to help you ace your next interview. This last tip should be done before your interview even takes place. And for best results, you should employ them the day before, the day of, and just before the interview.

So, what’s the bonus tip? Affirmations. Conducting affirmations for interviews is one of the powerful things you can do to add a level of presence, and aura that most of your competition won’t have. It may sound simple, but affirmations for job interviews can give you a serious advantage, so long as you’ve employed all the other confidence tips too.

So, do yourself a favor, and use these powerful confidence affirmations before your next job interview, and you’ll stand out from the crowd guaranteed.

Conclusion

From the moment you walk into the office to that final handshake, your nerves are probably going to be on high alert. You can’t completely squash the stress of an in-person interview, but there are simple things you can do to keep yourself calm. By doing some research and prep work ahead of time, you can walk into your interview with confidence, ready to show your interviewers who you are and why you’re the best candidate for the position.

Till next time,

STRIVE

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14 BEST CONFIDENCE HACKS TO HELP YOU FEEL CONFIDENT FAST

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Too many people these days give away their power to achieve and progress in life because of a simple lack of confidence in themselves. They second guess themselves, feel unworthy, and never take action to get what they want in life. And in so doing, they end up leading an average life, a life likely to be plagued by mediocrity. But, this doesn’t have to be the case. Not for you, or any one, not any more. Especially if you put these life hacks for building confidence to use right away.

Without a doubt, confidence is a critical personal power. With it, almost all things are possible. Without it, well, life will inevitably be a struggle.

Chances are, you’ve lived a good chunk of your life feeling less confident than you you’d like. Chances are you’ve already missed out on some major opportunities in your life, opportunities to make more money, have a better job, or dating that ideal partner you’ve envisioned yourself having all because you didn’t have the confidence to do what you knew you should have. Unfortunately, you can’t change the past, but there is still hope, because the clock is still ticking.

So, be sure to take advantage of this list of confidence hacks. They can help you build the confidence you’ll need to change the trajectory of your life. But don’t wait too long to employ them, because your opportunities in life are limited by time, and time waits for no one.

BEST CONFIDENCE HACKS TO BUILD CONFIDENCE FAST

Best Confidence Hacks

1. Reprogram Yourself

I know, the initial thought of reprogramming yourself sounds a bit “out there”. But you know what, that’s what you have to do. There are two messages you can believe in this world. The messages that the outside world would have you believe, or the messages that you would have yourself believe.

You see, confidence, in essence is a deep and unshakable belief in yourself.   And when you finally convince yourself that you can accomplish a thing, or deserve a thing, you exponentially increase your odds of obtaining that which you desire. And the best way to do this, is to program you internal script with affirmations.

In short, you have to force yourself to, well….believe in yourself and believe you are deserving of what you want for you life. Affirmations, used daily with sincerity and conviction will make a significant difference almost immediately, in how confident you are.

Related: Affirmations For Confidence

2. Set a Goal and Go For It

Building confidence comes naturally when you set goals for yourself. The conviction to achieve something can move someone to new heights in every aspect of their life. And when you get a goal, you give yourself a reason to make changes in yourself and in your life so you can achieve that goal.

And without a doubt, most goals will force you to become more. To reach the goal, you’ll have to get out of your comfort zone and take action. And action, experience, and activity is a prime breeding ground for the development of your confidence.

So, set a goal, go for it, and observe how quickly your confidence levels begin to sky-rocket.

3. Get Fit

Believe it or not, physical fitness helps create mental fitness. When you put forth the discipline to improve how you look, you’ll create a virtuous cycle of discipline and confidence that will help you gradually improve both as time goes on.

 When you start to feel better on a physiological level, you’ll start to feel better on a psychological level. Truly, being fit can help you reduce feelings of anxiety and depression, give you increased energy, and improve your sense of well-being. On top of this, when you truly feel good about how you look, you’ll exude more confidence in many other areas of your life.

4. Take Time For Yourself

Every time you take time to get away from it all, and to just be alone with your thoughts, you help yourself get a clearer picture on “the happenings” of your life. 

By gaining a bit of solitude for yourself, you drown out all the daily external noise that distracts you from who you are and what you want.  So, when you take a moment to be alone to listen to your own thoughts, without external interruptions, you can dramatically improve you your self-awareness.  And almost always, the person who has a better sense of self, will have stronger levels of presence, and with a that a stronger sense of confidence and self-esteem.

5. Practice Gratitude

When we practice expressing gratitude, we boost how we feel about ourselves.  And when we become aware of the abundance we actually have in our lives, we give ourselves a confidence boost.  Don’t just take my word for it though, check out this study conducted by the Journal of Applied Sport Psychology [1]. Without a doubt, there is a link between practiced gratitude and high self-esteem.

So, get to it. Start practicing an attitude of gratitude today, and watch your confidence levels and appreciation levels rise together.

6. Stand Up Straight

Amy Cuddy, the famous TED speaker and professor once posited that there are scientific benefits of power posing to increase self-confidence.  She does a good job explaining why in this video and her book.

But honestly, you don’t need to read her book to realize the truth for yourself. Next time you are out in public pay attention to how you are walking. Chances are you walk and sit with slight slouch. Notice how you feel when you are around people and when you maintain your slouched posture. But then do this; make it a priority to stand up or sit up straight when you are in the presence of people some time later, and notice how much different you feel when you do so.

If you do this, you will quickly realize how powerful your posture is in influencing your confidence levels. So forget that book, and just start standing up straight like a person who oozes out confidence, and you eventually will.

7. Take Cold Showers

This hack may sound a bit uncommon, but make no mistake about it, it is effective for building confidence. Here’s why. When you take a cold shower you initiate an anti-depressive effect within your body that stems from activating our sympathetic nervous system. When you do this, it increases the beta-endorphin and norepinephrine in your blood levels. 

Which means that cold showers ultimately flood the mood-regulating areas of your brain with neurotransmitters and mood-boosting endorphins that improves how happy you feel. 

And well, a happier you is a more confident you. So, give cold showers a try.

8. Quiet Your Mind

One of the best ways to quiet your mind is mediation. What’s meditation? Well, it is the practice of quieting your mind and disciplining your attention. And if you do it correctly, it can silence the hyperactive thoughts that keep you anxious and less confident.

Now, meditation isn’t the only way to do this. You can also take long walks in nature, on the beach, around the block, it doesn’t really matter where. So long as you just give yourself a few minutes to focus on nothing but your thoughts.

So, give yourself a moment or two to settle your mind. Meditate or go for a walk, and you’ll be surprised with how much better it will help you feel about your day and yourself.

9. Get Out of Your Comfort Zone

When we try something new, we force ourselves to get out of our comfort zones. And when we are out of our comfort zones, we allow ourselves the opportunity to experience the world in a new way. And believe it or not, a slight adjustment to our perspectives can make a big difference in our confidence levels.

When we force ourselves out of our normal routines, we open up the opportunity for new and exciting experiences that can supercharge our energy and level up our confidence.

So get out there and do something new. Force yourself to get our of your comfort zone, and your confidence in yourself and in your new novel world will compound dramatically.

10. Embrace Spontaneity

Many of us operate our daily lives by following a routine.  We do most of our daily activities in an almost mechanized way because it feels safe, familiar, and we feel it makes life a bit easier for us. Which it does.

However, if you are seeking to gain more confidence, you’ll need to be okay with things getting a little hard at first. You have to be okay mixing things up.

When we force ourselves to be spontaneous, we stretch ourselves.  We allow ourselves to be open to potential discomfort, and the uncertainty of the unknown.  Being spontaneous exposes us to scenarios that we don’t have an easy script to rely on that can get us through the event in ease.  As such, embracing spontaneity forces you to adapt. 

The great news, is that after you flex you spontaneous muscles a few times, you will eventually trust that you can handle the uncertainty of any scenario, regardless of how well you prepared for it.

Spontaneity… embrace it fully, and you’re confidence will soar.

11.  Practice, Practice, Practice

Often times we lack confidence because we feel we aren’t prepared enough to do a thing well.  The good news, conquering such feelings of anxiety is simple so long as you put in the time to practice what you fear you won’t be good at.

In other words, if you do your best to learn everything about a subject, job, event, or whatever it is that you feel less than confident to accomplish, you will set yourself up to be more confident in its execution when you practice it.

When you over-prepare, there is no way you can’t be unprepared.  And with those feelings of having all your i’s dotted and t’s crossed, your self-confidence will skyrocket.

12. Give Your Best, Always

Building confidence is easy when you always give your best. When you give something all you’ve got, when you’ve done your very best at the task at hand, you leave no room for a lack of confidence.

In fact, when you constantly give full effort in the things you do, you will actually build confidence. Here’s why. Firstly, you’ll end up doing great work, and great work gets noticed and people will let you know. And their affirmations will build your confidence.

In addition to this, when you’ve put everything out there, when you’ve giving something all you’ve got, you can’t, nor should you ever feel bad about the result. In fact, it’s hard to feel upset with yourself when you’ve done your best. So, if you fail at a thing, but you gave it your up most, you can oddly, give yourself a confidence boost. You’ll be self-assured that whatever it was you attempted wasn’t meant to be. And this will give you the confidence to either try it again from a different angle, or try something completely different.

Full effort is full victory! Live this philosophy, and you’ll create the strong foundations that your confidence will come to rest on.

13. Walk Faster

This confidence hack may seem strange to some, but it’s a powerful tactic that works. Success scholar David Schwartz P.h.D, and author of The Magic of Thinking Big speaks highly of using this tactic.

In his book, he suggests that by walking with purpose, which leads to walking a little faster, typically leads to a person feel stronger and better about themselves. So, if you have any doubts about this confidence hack, then give it shot, as you have nothing to lose, and lots of confidence to gain.

14. Study Confidence

Too many people falsely believe that confidence is something you are born with. But, this isn’t the case. People, over time learn how to become confidence due to a mixture of accidental and intentional learning experiences.

The accidental learning experiences come from wins a person may have had in their lives overtime that taught them they were capable, and able to do a thing well. As such, they gained confidence in their abilities from their person experiences (PE) which often times cascades wonderfully into all other areas of their lives.

Then there is intentional learning experiences. Many people have understood that they had shortcomings in a particular area, but decided to learn how to overcome such shortcomings through study. They learned not through their own experiences, but rather, through other people’s experiences (OPE). And the best known way to learn form other people’s experience, is through study. Like reading books on confidence, or watching videos, or learning from a helpful confidence article like the one you are reading now.

So, if you want start building confidence, there’s no better way than through self-study. So, get to it, start here.

Final Thoughts on Building Confidence

You can have it all. You can take your life back and start living an above average life today. But, you’ll have to put forth the effort to hone your confidence first.

A wise man once said… “If you will change, everything will change for you.” I believed it then…and I believe it even more today, and so should you.

So, start building your confidence today, and everything will change for you.

Till next time,

STRIVE


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