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In This Issue: 5 Tips to Build Confidence
Signature: –Ramiro Rodriguez
Pull Quote: “When you sincerely compliment someone, they’ll feel more inclined to compliment you, which provides a boost to both their and your confidence.”
In last month’s newsletter, I wrote about how simply working harder will not get us as close to our goals as we would like. Instead, we should be looking for ways to work smarter. However, after sending that newsletter out, many readers responded that while they agreed that working smarter and finding innovative ways of achieving success is a good way forward, they personally lacked the confidence to do so. So, for this edition, I thought I would share five ways that I’ve found help people gain the confidence that will put them on the path to success.
Negativity is very contagious. If you spend the majority of your time around people who are negative, it’s very easy to become negative as well. So, it’s best to just stop spending so much time with people who constantly bring you down. This is obviously easier said than done, considering that some of the negative people you know might be family members or really close friends. That said, I think the freedom you feel when you’re not around them all the time is worth it.
When someone compliments you, it feels pretty great. However, giving someone else a compliment can feel just as great, and you have a lot more control over giving compliments than you do over receiving them. Complimenting someone on their great work, how they’re dressed, or anything else worth shouting out creates a cycle that will end up elevating your own confidence too. When you sincerely compliment someone, they’ll feel more inclined to compliment you, which provides a boost to both their and your confidence.
Treat Your Body Well
It doesn’t matter if it’s 15 pushups every morning or getting a salad instead of french fries, just knowing that you’re doing something that benefits your body can impact how you feel about yourself. Once you really get going with the habit, you’ll start to feel better physically and be in better shape, which will in turn boost your self-esteem and confidence.
Develop Your Brain
Our brains are naturally hungry and want to be filled with knowledge. In my experience, the best source for that knowledge is books. When you feed your brain by reading instead of, say, watching whatever is on Netflix, the easier it is to learn things, and you’ll become more confident in your mental acumen. I can speak from experience on this one — I went from only reading 1–2 books per year to reading 1–2 books per month. The enhanced sense of confidence is real.
Help Somebody Every Day
It feels amazing to help people, and while we might all be quick to say that we know that’s true, how many of you actively seek the satisfaction that comes from helping others? By actually finding ways to help others on a daily basis, instead of just taking care of yourself, you’ll feel better about how you spend your days and your confidence will increase because of it.
While you don’t have to do all five of these steps right away, think about how you could integrate some of them into your daily routine. Chances are, trying even one of them will get you that much closer to having the confidence you need to achieve your goals.