The #1 personal development tool for change

Uncategorized Nov 18, 2018

Your next level of confidence will determine your next level of success.  The opportunity is to build up your confidence "reserve" so you can boldly act when you need to next.  

Many people get self-confidence wrong.  They think it's all about endlessly "grinding" forward, burning out, and hoping for the best.  Or that they are not worth good things in life, so why bother trying.  Or that they are special so everything will come easy.  They get surprised when they get stuck and don't continue, because their well has run dry.

Maybe you've felt this way before at some point in your life?  I know I have.  

When I first started training for marathons, I thought I would just run and run and run and it would work out.  I lasted a week before I wanted to give up.  I wasn't confident in my training plan, so I asked around and got ideas from a few friends.  Hal Higdon's "How to Train" book set up what I needed to do to survive the Chicago marathon, so I could confidently not die come race day.  And it worked!

So how can we generate confidence when we need it?

We need to get our psychology positive, and aligned with our goals.  We also need to generate confidence in our lives, daily.

The best tool I have for this is the "Confidence Journaling" I picked up from Eben Pagan years ago.  The exercise is actually based off of Nathaniel Brendon's Six Pillars of Self Esteem work, and it goes like this:

When you wake up in the morning, and before you go to bed each night, spend 5 minutes doing a sentence completion exercise.  This will train your brain to have more intent and awareness each day, which surprisingly will help you feel more confident (from my experience).

So, for the next 30 days, answer these questions every day:

  • In the morning, journal - If I had 5% more intention today, I would...
  • In the evening, journal - If I had 5% more awareness tomorrow, I would...

You will be amazed how things shift for you by doing this exercise for a month.  So get after it! :). You got this!  And please comment below with how things go for you, or any questions you might have!

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