We live in a world that seems to be getting busier and more hectic than ever before. Technology has given us the ability to have many of our daily tasks taken care for us. Yet many of us still find it hard to fit in more valuable “me time” into our lives. Instead of focusing more on what we should be doing, many of us find ourselves leading a life that does not feel as productive as we know it really should be.
When our productivity wanes, so can the confidence that we have in ourselves, and our overall positive outlook on life. It is amazing to think how interwoven confidence, positivity and productivity are, but they all greatly affect one another.
When it comes to being more confident, it can simply start with the way that you view yourself, and the quality of life that you are living. Having a more positive attitude is also key in order to have more confidence in yourself. Finally, being more productive comes much easier when we start to feel more positive, and happy about ourselves. It is no coincidence that confidence, positivity and being more productive all go hand-in-hand.
Let’s take a brief look at the four steps, I call them ‘Pillars’ that you can start today to become a more confident, positive, productive you!
Pillar One: Setting Goals
Setting goals that really excite you can greatly increase your productivity, as they will hold you accountable for the things that you really want to accomplish in life. Have you ever thought that you just don’t have the time to write out a list of your goals? Try not to overthink them, and don’t make them too overwhelming! Instead of focusing on massive long-term goals, try to focus on smaller one-year goals that you can make daily progress to achieve, and make a short to-do list every morning as a part of your routine.
Each time you achieve one of your goals, you will feel more positive and confident in yourself when you see what you are actually capable of accomplishing. Setting goals for yourself each day, even small ones will make a huge difference in how you will feel about yourself and how you will approach each day. Once you get into the routine of setting and achieving goals, you can then start to introduce more and more exciting goals for you to accomplish. As your confidence grows, so to will your goals!
Pillar Two: Affirmations
Many people use affirmations every day to change their mind-set and their attitude in a positive way. Positive affirmations have been scientifically proven again and again to cause a more positive outlook in life and grow more self-confidence in the people who say them regularly.
Start by waking up and stating a few affirmations out loud in front of the mirror. You can reinforce anything from how well you do your job, how healthy you have been eating, how positive you feel or how successful you are becoming etc. Positive affirmations are a wonderful way of getting your day started with a great attitude, and feeling full of confidence. Use affirmations that relate personally to you, and don’t be put off if saying them out loud feels a little ‘awkward’ at first. It won’t be long before you can’t imagine your morning routine without them.
Pillar Three: Meditation
Meditation doesn’t have to be some kind of overwhelming ritual that takes up hours of your time. Research has shown that just a few minutes of quiet, meditative thought each morning can clear your mind, give you energy, and allow you to have a more positive outlook on life. Taking a little time to start your day with a sense of serenity and peace can really set an overall tone that can carry you through an equally peaceful day, no matter what lies ahead of you.
You don’t have to practice any chanting while you meditate (although, if you would like to look into different techniques, there are some great resources available online). Simply sitting in silence and being conscious of your thoughts is enough to really make a difference in your life everyday.
Pillar Four: Journaling
Many people give up the idea of using a daily journal once they have gotten past their teenage years, but almost nothing could be more therapeutic than making journaling part of your morning routine. What you write about is completely up to you; from events of the previous day, to hopes for the day to come, what you are grateful for and everything in between. Journaling is a great way to get your thoughts and emotions organized in one place.
Once you have written everything down for the day, not only will you have a clearer head to think about other things, but you can also look back on what you have written and see how far that you have come on a daily basis.
A Few Simple Steps To A Happier, Healthier Life!
Feeling more confident, positive, and productive is not as challenging or overwhelming as many people make it out to be. While there is no ‘magic potion’ or one-stop solution that can give you all the personal attributes and characteristics that you might be looking for, there are certain things that you can do each day to reach these goals – and they are not as difficult as you might think! To be honest, they can really be quite simple and very enjoyable.
By having more confidence in yourself, you can have a more positive outlook on your day-to-day life, and in turn, you will be likely to be far more productive. These three traits will always be intertwined, and they are all within your reach by practicing just a few simple habits every day with the four ‘Pillars’ above. By doing things like setting goals, practicing affirmations, meditating, and journaling, you will have more confidence in yourself, feel more positive about life, and be more productive than ever before. You deserve it.
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