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Four Steps To A More Confident, Positive, Productive You!

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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

 

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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

 

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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

 

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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

 

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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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6 Reasons Why You Should Create A Bucket List

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Reasons Why You Should Create A Bucket List

The term ‘bucket list’ has become quite popular in recent years. It has been used in pop culture references and as a casual topic of conversation when someone wants to do something. Chances are, you have heard someone say, “Oh, that’s on my bucket list!” But, a bucket list is more than just a fantasy, an out of reach dream or an excuse to say that you want to do many things, only to never follow through on them.

There are actually many benefits to creating a bucket list, if you just put in the time, the thought and the dedication into it. Making a bucket list is a perfect way to set your life goals and to stay focused on making them a reality. Still not 100% convinced? Let’s take a look at six reasons why you really should create a bucket list. Maybe, by the end of this article, you will be ready to put together one of your very own.

1. It Gives You a Purpose

While putting together a bucket list won’t tell you what the meaning of your life is, it can help to give you a purpose to your life. A bucket list should be more about the major goals that you have for yourself, rather than a bunch of fun little things that you might want to do. A bucket list gives you something to get out of life and allows you to stay focused while you are doing it.

Have you ever been bored, wondering what you’re going to do this weekend to fill up your free time? A bucket list can give you that answer, encouraging you to always work towards the things that you truly want to do and experience in life.

2. It Brings Your Goals to Life

As stated above, a bucket list should be about exciting goals that you have for yourself. But, it is also an opportunity to hone in on those goals. Many people have ambitions and even make goals or resolutions for themselves each year only to be forgotten a few days later. But, when you have a specific list of goals written down, it can help to make you more motivated and focused to achieve them.

Goals are incredibly important to have, and the fact that your bucket list can make those goals clearer and more tangible is really important.

3. You Will Create Lasting Memories

Memories are one of life’s greatest treasures. As you start to accomplish the things on your bucket list, you will also be making wonderful memories each time. Since you are doing the things you really want to do, those memories will bring you comfort, a sense of achievement and give you something positive to look back on and share with others.

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4. It Will Pull You Forward

Have you ever been in a “funk” in life, or maybe you have had bouts of feeling down or depressed that have kept you from doing the things you typically enjoy? No one wants to stay in that kind of mindset for long. Because a bucket list can help to give you a sense of purpose, it can also give you the motivation to pull yourself out of a funk. It can call you to do something new, something different, or something that even challenges you. Sometimes, that’s all a person needs to be pulled out of a tired or depressed state.

Additionally, doing something on your bucket list will help to distract you for a while. That can be a great solution for someone who has anxiety or tends to focus too much on the negative things in life. Sometimes, a distraction can be a welcomed reprieve.

5. You Will Experience Life-Long Learning

When you commit yourself to having new experiences, you are also committing yourself to learning something new. So many people think that learning stops when you finish school, but you can learn so much more simply by living and trying more new things throughout your life. People who embrace this type of lifestyle are called “lifelong learners”. The reality is this; you will never be able to learn everything there is to know. But, because all of us have such a short time on this planet to figure things out, the more experiences we participate in, the more that we will learn and grow. Not only can a bucket list help you to learn things about different cultures, skills, situations, people and personalities.

It can also help you to learn more about yourself. Closing your mind off to the idea of lifelong learning will cause you to become stagnant with your thoughts and your growth. As a human being, you should have a desire to continue to grow and achieve as much as you possibly can throughout your life. Working through your bucket list can help you to achieve that.

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6. You Will Never Run Out of Things to Do

If you sit down to make a bucket list, you might write down anywhere from 10-100 things that you really want to do. But, it doesn’t have to stop there. Chances are, as you start to work through some of the things on your list, you will come up with more ideas.

Experiencing new things, and even challenging things, is a great way to get inspired and motivated to continue on that trend. A bucket list can truly be never-ending as you come up with more exciting new ideas and goals for yourself.

Building Your Bucket List and Bettering Your Life

There are so many additional reasons why you should create a bucket list for yourself. Remember, a bucket list is a very personal thing, and the experiences you put on the list should be things that you truly want to do or accomplish. Don’t make them  so unrealistic that you will never plan on committing to. Instead, promise yourself that you will immerse yourself in those experiences.

A bucket list might be something you create to accomplish things before you pass on, but in creating one and diving into new experiences, there is a good chance you will feel more alive than ever!

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8 Ways to Take Care of Yourself Every Day

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8 Ways to Take Care of Yourself Every Day

Self-care is a term that gets thrown around a lot lately, to the point where it’s easy to ignore or blow it off as some kind of “buzz word”. But, it’s so much more than that, and when you are willing to take self-care seriously, you might just start to see how much easier it will be to get through each day. (more…)

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The Top 8 Most Important Things in Life

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The Top 8 Most Important Things in Life

It is easy for people to speculate and debate about the most important things in life. You have probably heard that “the best things in life are free” or that “love is all you need”, but what about what are the most important? What do you really need in this life in order to find contentment and fulfillment? (more…)

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