Being confident and feeling confident all of the time are not necessarily things that come easy for everyone. I know that I haven't always been a confident person or rather I have gone through times in my life when I haven't felt as confident that I do right now. I struggle with confidence issues as I am certain that many people do.
I am always looking for ways to boost my confidence and I have put myself 100% in charge of boosting the confidence of my kids on a daily basis. I am confident that I am raising confident kids. Below are some of the things that my kids and I do to boost our confidence.
1. SMILE AND LAUGH.
Do something every single day that makes you smile and/or laugh. Smiling breaks tension and eases stress. Did you know that the short term benefits of laughter include: stimulating organs in your body, stress relief and soothing tension. The long term benefits include: improving your immune system, pain relief, increase personal satisfaction and mood improvement.
With all of those health benefits, how could you not smile and laugh?
2. THINK AND ACT POSITIVE.
“Positive thinking means having the resourcefulness and ability to stay positive even in times of difficulty and crisis.” It doesn't even have to be in a difficult or during a crisis. You can think and act positive all of the time to boost your confidence.
3. BE KIND AND GENEROUS.
Being kind and generous doesn't mean that you have to spend lots of money. You can buy a cup of coffee for the car behind you at Starbucks or help someone by returning their cart at the grocery store. Practice kindness every day and be generous whenever you can.
4. GROOM YOURSELF, DRESS WELL AND STAND TALL.
Standing tall is something that helps you feel better about the body that you have as does grooming and dressing nicely. You would be surprised at the confidence you can feel by doing all three.
5. PRACTICE GRATITUDE AND WRITE DOWN WHAT MAKES YOU THANKFUL.
Years ago I started keeping a gratitude journal. It was a very trying time in our lives and I needed to remind myself that I had lots to be thankful for. I have my children carry on the same practice every year with our advent calendar. They write down something that they are thankful for and I put that along with a few pieces of chocolate into every day of our calendar. We read them each night after dinner and talk about what we are thankful for. My family loves this!
6. FEED YOUR MIND.
One of the things that boosts my confidence is when I feed my mind. I read the latest best selling business book or I might play around on the Lumosity app on my phone. I am sort of passively learning a foreign language so I listen to CD's in my car or study on the app on my iPad.
7. LET GO OF FEAR AND TRUST YOUR INSTINCTS.
See that cliff below? Every day in my business life I jump off of it by taking a chance on something new. That is the life of an entrepreneur and while it something that I am not always eager to do, I still force myself and trust my instincts. Letting go of fear is what I am proudest of every day when it comes to my business.
8. TAKE A CHANCE.
This is the biggest thing that you can do to boost your confidence. Jump off of that cliff above or try a new flavor of coffee. A chance doesn't have to be huge or life changing. Taking a chance just means stepping out of your comfort zone. There is nothing wrong with changing your comfort zone every once in a while.
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