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3 Lifestyle Qualities Anyone Can Apply to Maintain a High Confidence Level

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For 15 years, I struggled figuring out how to bring empowerment into my life.  I was riddled with fear.  Fear of rejection.  Fear of failure. Fear of being exposed as an imposter.

Tired of living imprisoned by my own inaction, I wanted to learn how to live more confidently.  What I found was a black hole of information.  There were the common slogans like, “Just take action,” and “Fake it till you make it.”  While these sometimes worked, it didn’t get to the heart of what I really wanted.

The people that I sat back and admired for their sense of control and action weren’t just faking it.  They were living in a confident manner that was natural and authentic.  When things weren’t going right, they

Through this four-year journey, I’ve discovered three lifestyle qualities that anyone can apply to maintain a level of confidence that feels real and authentic.  Bringing the momentum necessary to continue sprinting towards your goals when everyone is telling you to turn around.

Here are the 3 qualities you need:

1. Become the Master of Your Thoughts

Do you realize how many thoughts go through your head the second you wake up to when you go to bed?  Experts say the average person has around 60,000 thoughts every day!

What’s troubling is 80% of these thoughts are negative.  That is telling yourself 48,0000 times each day why you can’t have what you deserve.  Would you hang out with someone who continuously told you how you weren’t good enough?

You are often the tormentor of your own life.  These negative conversations in your brain become self-fulfilling prophecies because they start making you believe that you aren’t good enough for your deepest desires.  That leads to more negative thoughts, and the cycle goes on.  

The only way to live confidently is to start believing in yourself.  That requires you to become the master of your thoughts.  You have to start questioning every negative idea that runs through your head.  When a thought about how you can’t have something shows up, you need to respond, “How can I make it happen today instead of waiting for the perfect time?”

Over time this continuous questioning will transform your thinking.  Not just by making you think positively, but looking at the opportunities in everything that crosses your path.

“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams and live the life you have imagined.” – Henry David Thoreau

2. Delivering Your Power Through Your Body

What makes a firefighter run into a burning building or finally walking into your boss’s office to ask for the raise you deserve is a physical action.  There is a point where you push past the thoughts and uneasy feeling and move forward.  Walking through life confidently is not just a metaphor.  It is the absolute truth.

Too often people believe that confidence is just a mental game.  That one can just think themselves into action.  The truth is that you must rely on a physical power to move you into action.  The body must honor what the mind often can’t justify.

Your body is literally a channel of power that is necessary to live confidently.  When that moment comes where you have to cross the line into the unknown, one needs that jolt of energy that makes you say, “Go for it!”  

Yet most people abuse their bodies almost as much as their minds.  Between the lack of sleep, poor eating habits and sedentary lifestyle, most bodies have a deficiency of power within them.

Look at two of your friends, one that lives an active lifestyle and the other the spends most of their time on the couch.  Which one has a more positive mindset?  Who is taking more action in their lives?  My guess is the active friend is taking more action towards their goals.

Your mind and body work together in the pursuit to stand in your highest potential.  If you aren’t taking care of your body it will be hard to take the physical action necessary to achieve your goals.

“What could we accomplish if we knew we could not fail?” – Eleanor Roosevelt

3. Trusting the Process

Confidence isn’t just about mindset and action.  There has to be a trusting nature that lies inside; trusting your abilities, trusting the process used to achieve your goals and trusting that you can survive failure.

It’s tough to believe in the process when nothing seems to be going right.  Most people give up too quickly believing the strategy, their abilities or local geography is preventing them from reaching their goals.  The truth is that they never trusted the process and gave up right before their breakthrough was coming.

The person that lives confidently is great at letting go of what they can’t control.  They understand that they can only control their actions, so that is what they lead with.  They understand that if they keep taking action, no matter how many times they get knocked down, that their desired results will be achieved.

Incorporating these three qualities to my lifestyle changed how I showed up in the world.  Mastering my thoughts, taking care of my body to generate my physical power and trusting the process of continuous action, has allowed me to achieve more than ever before.  What use to take me a year to complete can usually be done in three months.

Do I ever curl up in a ball and hide in the face of adversity? Yes.  I am human like everyone else.  But I no longer have to “fake it till I make it.”  Instead, I can continue to push forward as I am in a manner that most consider to be courageous.

How do you keep your confidence level high? Please leave your thoughts below!

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The 3 Most Important Things I Learned About Personal Growth

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When you look back on your life, what do you want to think about? Do you plan to reminisce on all of the good things that have happened and how they shaped who you are today? Or would you rather remember all of the bad decisions, challenging experiences, and mistakes made that hurt or wasted a portion of your life?

In my opinion, I think it is important to reflect on both. While it’s important to remember the hardships we’ve been through in our lives – without them we wouldn’t be where we are now. There are 3 very specific areas that I feel have helped me grow in a personal sense more than anything else in my life so far. 

These aren’t simple lessons in a book or a lecture that you can just absorb and apply to your life. These are things that I’ve learned through experience and reflection, and I’m still learning and growing today.

1. We determine how much we’re worth by what we think about ourselves, others, and life in general.

This might seem like a pretty obvious lesson in life but it’s actually one of the most important because we can determine our own worth by how we think about ourselves and the world around us. If you’re looking for success in any kind of business or social setting (dating), then I’ll tell you right now that it doesn’t matter if you have 10 billion dollars or not – people are still going to judge you based on your thoughts and beliefs alone.

What determines our value isn’t necessarily what we do with our lives (which is often based on luck) but whether or not we believe that ‘our work’ is worthy or not in some sort of grand scheme or universe. We may not always be able to control what happens in our lives, but we can always control how we value ourselves and others.

“Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.” – Maya Angelou

2. You don’t have to change your habits or personality just because someone else doesn’t like it – their opinions are THEIRS alone.

This is another one of those lessons that people tend to pick up on a little bit late in life, but if anything that makes its importance even worse! Basically, there’s going to come a time when you’re going to meet someone who has certain expectations of you as a person…but these expectations might not be realistic due to their motivations and personal beliefs. For example, sometimes parents might expect you to be a lawyer or doctor because that’s what they believe is best for their child.

However, this isn’t the case for everyone and so maybe your passion lies in music or writing novels. In this example, if you were also pressured into becoming a doctor – then there would obviously be some kind of conflict going on within yourself as a person. You should never have to give up something that you want to do just because someone else doesn’t like it! The reason why we’re put onto this Earth is to make our own choices and go after our OWN dreams instead of letting others determine what we can and cannot do with our lives .

3. You can’t change your life until you accept that you need to make a change.

When I was younger, I thought that this lesson would be pretty obvious – but as I got older, it really made me appreciate the fact that there are always different ways of perceiving our lives. For example, if someone wants to become rich and famous one day – their mind might simply overshadow any other possibility in their head because they feel like this is what they NEED to do right now.

However, this isn’t always true within our own lives because we think about things too literally instead of having an open mind. If you want to achieve success in any kind of business or social setting (dating) then you should be willing to try out different things instead of staying in your comfort zone. If you want something, then it’s up to YOU to actually go after it – nobody else is going to give it to you!

The three lessons above are some of the main things I want to pass on to everyone because they’ve come at an important time in my life where I need to start thinking about others instead of only myself. It’s great if we can learn to love ourselves first before anything else, but that doesn’t mean you should neglect everyone around you even though they might be your friends and family members!

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