Confidence Hack: Keep a Journal

It’s time for another confidence hack. These are the simple, and easy to implement little tips and ideas that I will continue to share with you throughout this 30 Day Challenge. I encourage you to give each of them a try as I share them. Try them once or even better, implement them for a few days and see how you feel about it. If it’s helpful, keep using the hack. If it doesn’t work for you, there are plenty of other tips and ideas along the way. The goal is to have a handful of tools at the end of the challenge that will help you continue with the new self-confidence and courage habits you’re building this month.

My tip for you today is to keep a journal. There are a couple of good reasons why you should start writing a journal and how it can help you.

The first is that it increases awareness and mindfulness. Sitting down to record what you’ve done and how you feel in a journal makes you stop and think about your day. Putting what has happened into words gives you time for reflection and a deeper understanding of everything going on. Writing or journaling can help you work through issues and problems and come up with new solutions, or at the very least a better understanding of them. It’s much easier to be confident and even courageous when we understand what’s happening.

Having a journal also gives you a record of what you’ve accomplished. If you’re feeling low and could use a boost in self-confidence, grab your journal and start browsing. It’s so easy to forget all those small successes and wins as time goes by. Keeping a journal where you record everything you are proud of is a great resource to have when you need to increase your confidence in yourself and what you can do.

How you keep your journal is up to you. Some people prefer to write in a notebook with a favorite pen. Others are much more comfortable typing away at the computer. Find a medium that’s comfortable for you and get in the habit of journaling daily. The format is up to you as well. Journal entries don’t have to be long, or take a lot of time to write. You can jot down a few bullets or lines that will serve as a memory aid for what happened that day. Or you can sit down and write long entries if that’s something you enjoy and if it’s something you find helpful. The most important part is that you start and figure out what type of journaling is right for you. Then make it a daily habit so you have it as a resource to build your courage and increase your self-confidence.

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Confidence Hack – Strike a Power Pose

So far, we’ve spent a lot of time talking about theory, concepts, and creating habits that encourage confidence. If you take what I’ve shared to heart, it will benefit you greatly over time.

But consider that these ideas and strategies take time to implement and time to see results. Sometimes you need a little “quick fix” that makes you feel more courageous and gives you an instant boost in confidence.

That’s what the confidence hacks I’ll be sharing with you throughout the rest of the challenge are about. We’ll start today with something that only takes a minute or two to work – the Power Pose.

What Is A Power Pose?

A power pose is a particular way to stand or sit that gives you an instant boost in confidence and courage. Research done on power poses even suggests your body language or the pose you strike influences your hormones. In particular the poses I’m about to share with you give you a great boost if you hold them for about two minutes.

You can strike these poses standing up or sitting down, and use them anytime you need that little extra confidence boost.

How To Strike A Power Pose

The easiest power pose in my mind is the “Wonder Woman.” Stand with your feet about shoulder-width apart and your hands on your hips. Look at a picture of Lynda Carter as Wonder Woman to get the perfect image of this pose.

When you’re at your desk, lean back in your chair, put your hands behind your head, and put your feet up on your desk for another strong power pose. If you don’t want your feet on your desk or are in an environment where that isn’t possible, lean back in your chair, keep your knees apart and rest your arm on the back of the chair or put it behind your head.

Simply standing up tall, or standing at the table during a meeting with your hands on the table, leaning in slightly can have a big impact. The most important thing is to not hunch over and don’t cross your arms in front of your body.

When To Strike A Power Pose

You can strike these power poses whenever you need to. It’s a good habit to spend two minutes in the morning before you get your day started doing your favorite power pose. This will set a confident tone for the rest of your day. Strike a pose throughout the day any time you feel less than confident. You can do these poses just about anywhere for a quick confidence boost break. Head to the bathroom if you feel silly standing like a superhero in the middle of the room.

Confidence Hack – Strike a Power Pose

So far, we’ve spent a lot of time talking about theory, concepts, and creating habits that encourage confidence. If you take what I’ve shared to heart, it will benefit you greatly over time.

But consider that these ideas and strategies take time to implement and time to see results. Sometimes you need a little “quick fix” that makes you feel more courageous and gives you an instant boost in confidence.

That’s what the confidence hacks I’ll be sharing with you throughout the rest of the challenge are about. We’ll start today with something that only takes a minute or two to work – the Power Pose.

What Is A Power Pose?

A power pose is a particular way to stand or sit that gives you an instant boost in confidence and courage. Research done on power poses even suggests your body language or the pose you strike influences your hormones. In particular the poses I’m about to share with you give you a great boost if you hold them for about two minutes.

You can strike these poses standing up or sitting down, and use them anytime you need that little extra confidence boost.

How To Strike A Power Pose

The easiest power pose in my mind is the “Wonder Woman.” Stand with your feet about shoulder-width apart and your hands on your hips. Look at a picture of Lynda Carter as Wonder Woman to get the perfect image of this pose.

When you’re at your desk, lean back in your chair, put your hands behind your head, and put your feet up on your desk for another strong power pose. If you don’t want your feet on your desk or are in an environment where that isn’t possible, lean back in your chair, keep your knees apart and rest your arm on the back of the chair or put it behind your head.

Simply standing up tall, or standing at the table during a meeting with your hands on the table, leaning in slightly can have a big impact. The most important thing is to not hunch over and don’t cross your arms in front of your body.

When To Strike A Power Pose

You can strike these power poses whenever you need to. It’s a good habit to spend two minutes in the morning before you get your day started doing your favorite power pose. This will set a confident tone for the rest of your day. Strike a pose throughout the day any time you feel less than confident. You can do these poses just about anywhere for a quick confidence boost break. Head to the bathroom if you feel silly standing like a superhero in the middle of the room.

Focus On What’s Important To You

Having a good reason to be confident, brave, and courageous can be a huge help. We’ve already looked at how reflection, gratitude, and even doing the things you’re scared of helps you do them anyway, and how it starts to build this habit of being courageous and confident.

Today I have another helpful concept to share with you. We make time for and work on the things that are important to us. We can use that concept to our advantage when it comes to courage and self-confidence.

In other words, I want you to start creating these new habits by focusing on what’s important to you. It’s much easier to work on courage and increase self-confidence with tasks you enjoy and that have meaning to you. Don’t worry about feeling like you “should” do something. That can come later. For now, let’s start with what you’re passionate about.

Let’s say you would like to become a better cook, grow more of your own food, lose some weight, and get back into running. That’s a long list of positive changes, and it will take some time and effort to build up your courage and confidence to make them all happen.

What if you focus on the one thing you’re passionate about? Choose something that’s fun and important to you. For this example, let’s say you’re most passionate about gardening. Just start there.

Build those new habits and focus your time and effort there first. Seeing your garden flourish and having that delicious, fresh produce to work with will give you a huge boost in confidence.

Knowing you have delicious produce to use may inspire you to cook more from scratch to use up the food you’ve grown. From there, you can branch out and make smarter food choices that will help you lose weight.

Do you see how focusing on what’s important to you can help motivate you to get started? While gardening isn’t particularly difficult, it did take some effort to plant, nourish and harvest it. You had to take action, and that’s all I’m really asking you to do.

Perhaps you want to improve your marriage, become a better parent, go back to school, or save up enough money to get out of debt. It doesn’t matter what your most important goal or task is. You can use it to get started on this journey of building courage and increasing your self-confidence.

My challenge to you for today is to think about what’s really important to you. Make sure you realize there’s a big difference between something being urgent and something being important. We often focus on the things with the tightest deadline, the stuff that needs to get done “right now.” While it may be important, it’s often not the thing that’s most important to us overall.

Make the choice of what’s truly important to you, and then focus your efforts of being courageous and building those new good habits there.

Pick Something You’re Scared Of And Do It Anyway

So far a lot of what I’ve shared in this “Reward Your Success™ Confidence and Courage Challenge” series has been theory and mindset stuff. Don’t get me wrong, that’s important, and I will continue to share more throughout the month. But there’s also something to be said for simple, actionable tips or confidence hacks. That’s what today’s blog post is all about.

It’s simple and something you can, and should, do today. While it’s simple, it’s not always the easiest thing to do. The idea is to pick something you’re scared of (or worried about, or putting off because you’re not sure you can do it) and do it anyway.

I challenge you to start doing this today and then continue it as often as possible. Going forward, you should be doing something that scares you several times per week.

Obviously what you pick to do will be very individual and different from person to person. That being said, it helps to look at some ideas to get started. This will give you a feel for the type of stuff I’m talking about and the scope of it.

Maybe you thought it had to be a big scary thing that I’m asking you to do, and by looking through the examples below, you realize it can be something much smaller that you can actually see yourself doing. Maybe you like the idea of doing something you’re scared of, but can’t think of a single thing you could do today. The list of ideas may spark a thought for something unique to you that you can do.

  • Fast for a day or until dinner.
  • Skip coffee and other caffeinated drinks for the day.
  • Don’t let yourself hit the snooze button. Get up as soon as your alarm goes off.
  • Ask a friend to go for a walk with you once a week.
  • Go introduce yourself to the new neighbors.
  • Ask your boss for a raise.
  • Let your child go on a sleep-over.
  • Go out to dinner by yourself
  • Book a surprise weekend trip for yourself and your partner.
  • Sign up for that class you’ve always wanted to take.
  • Try a new cooking technique or a new food.
  • Fix that toilet yourself with the help of YouTube.
  • Share a picture of yourself and your weight loss or fitness plans on social media.
  • Invite a friend over for coffee even though your house is a mess.
  • Ask that cute guy/ girl out.

I hope this gives you some ideas and inspiration to make your own list. Now, go make it a habit to regularly do things that scare you a little. When you make yourself do them, and work through that fear or resistance, you’ll come out stronger and more confident on the other side. Doing what you’re scared of is a great courage building habit.