When do you feel at your most confident?
For me, I would love to bottle the energy, optimism and self-belief I have after an early morning boxing class, to help me work towards my goals every day.
Dial up a burst of confidence
Thinking back on the past week; bring to mind a moment when you felt great about yourself.
Take a moment to reflect on it:
Did you feel full of energy and optimism?
Did you feel a strong belief in your own abilities?
Did you feel well supported by people around you?
Did you feel ready to cope with setbacks that might occur?
Imagine if you could feel like that all the time?
Imagine how it might help you progress towards your goals and deal with challenges and potential setbacks!
We know you want to be confident and move towards your dreams
When reality bites
We all want to make steady progress towards our life goals. But the reality is that it’s hard to build consistent self-belief, to make confidence a way of life. Luckily, like physical fitness, we can develop confidence bit by bit.
Here are eight habits you can develop to build your confidence and maintain your belief in yourself.
You might like to pick one or two to focus on at a time or choose what’s most needed each week.
Notice what’s working for you! We need to learn to pay attention to the positives. It’s so easy to be critical of what we feel we haven’t done well that we often don’t pay attention to our awesomeness!
On a regular basis - quickly run your mind over the last day or so and look for examples of things you’ve done really well.
Do more of what’s working - once you get into the habit of appreciating your achievements you can be on the lookout for opportunities to repeat them, and repeat them………….
Mentally rehearse what you need to do before you actually have to do it. Visualising the process AND the desired outcome helps us to believe things are possible and gives us a boost of confidence to carry out the steps needed.
Build your support networks. Try to surround yourself with people who will cheer you on, people who believe you can do it. Also look for role models who will inspire you and provide new ideas.
Keep your eyes on the prize - if you’re feeling overwhelmed, go back to your goals and values. Remind yourself of WHAT you’re trying to achieve and WHY.
Keep calm and carry on! There will be weeks when it’s almost laughable how many things go a bit wrong. Sometimes we need to flex our self-regulation muscles and just keep on going.
Nurture yourself! Sleep, diet and exercise all play a role in priming us for confidence and achievement. Exercise allows us to feel a sense of mastery and achievement at what our body can do, whilst sleep and diet play a key role in our energy levels.
Seek out positive emotions for a mood boost to drive positive action - look for moments of amusement, joy, love, inspiration, gratitude and serenity.
So are you ready?
We know it takes a lot of effort to maintain self-belief and strive for your goals so please let us know if you need some more resources and support.
We’re in your corner,
Debra and Kate