Rather than a position, confident mindset is a practice. As with any practice, the more you practice, the better you get at it.
When it comes to confident mindset, I’ve noticed how even the smallest and simplest acts affect one’s confidence levels. That’s why I’ve incorporated some daily habits in my routines to keep practicing the confident mindset.
My favorite ones are
- a walk in the woods,
- accountability calls and
These have become part of my morning routines and on five days a week upon waking up and meditating, I jump into my running shoes and head outside for a walk or a run, while having an accountability call with my colleague. I’ll strive to do the same during weekends, too, minus the accountability call.
Moving your body is one of the simplest ways to boost confidence powerfully.
According to researcher Courtney Ackerman “regular exercise releases endorphins which in turn interact with the opiate receptors in the brain, which produces a pleasurable state of mind and in turn, you’ll view yourself in a more positive light.”
Thus regular exercise enables you to act more in ways that builds and supports your self-confidence. Not to mention of the physical benefits it brings with it.
So, you already know what I’m going to ask next.
How can you move your body in a pleasurable way that brings you joy right now?
When it comes to affirmations, I use them to remind myself of the higher power and to relax into trusting it. I’ve noticed how things go much smoother when I don’t try to control the whole universe! Just making sure I’ll do my part and let you and life / universe / the higher power do yours.
Quoting Byron Katie, I believe that there are three kinds of business in life: my business, your business and life’s business. And they all run best when taken care of by the nominated owner.
You take care of yours, life takes care of its, and I take care of mine.
However, when I feel stuck with my business, as we all sometimes do, it’s time to take a break!
Step away from whatever it is that you’re working on and feel stuck with. I mean literally. If your body is tired and feels stuck, it’s time to give yourself rest physically and exercise your mind instead.
For example by studying something new (in which physical activity is at minimum) or enhancing your skills at something. Or reading, one of my favorites! I mostly read literature related to my work, cause I love to learn new things, yet when I need a break, I grab a very different kind of book to read, a wonderful novel or an exciting detective story.
Of course, then, when your mind is overworked and feels stuck, it’s time to exercise your body instead. Even the smallest things count. Such as getting up from that chair and walking to get a glass of fresh water (perhaps spice it up a little by few drops of fresh lemon juice) and then walking back to your desk and continuing to work.
The truth is, that we are never really stuck. We are just in need of new perspectives and fresh ideas. And those we get by taking a break from whatever it is that we have been doing. From whatever has led us to this feeling of stuckness in the first place.
Don’t give up – it’s always darkest before the dawn. Give yourself the permission to be in the process.
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