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Self-Confidence is Fundamental to Everything, But What is the Source of Self-Confidence?

fundamentals of self-confidence

If you’re here, you have at least one question on your mind that you want the answer to. Is improving self-confidence possible, and if so, how? 

If you want to get anywhere in life, doing all the things you want to do and seeing all the things you want to see, you can’t do it while missing one of the key elements which is self-confidence. One’s experiences influence one’s perception of the self. A child that has been brought up from an early age believing they can achieve anything they will tend to grow up with a generous amount of trust in their own abilities.  

Not all of us are so fortunate. Facing failure at an early age without being able to bounce back from it can lead to poor self-esteem. Our inner critic constantly uses these little incidents to make us question our self-worth. The lack of confidence can lead a person to back out from situations, growing incredibly anxious in public events, or even making mistakes in things they already know.  

However, we have all seen numerous examples showing that one’s attitude as a child does not completely determine their path as an adult. It means, there is a way to quiet that inner critic and build up one’s self-confidence as an adult. The path may be more complex at a later age, but it is certainly possible to develop and maintain higher self-confidence.  

With the right guidance, support, tools and desire to live a happier and healthier life overallyou can build a new mindset, and with that, you can change your experiences. 

For some, it may take years of practice, but eventually, we can all reach a stage where we intrinsically believe in ourselves and where we need not consciously remind ourselves of our worth.  

Basically, that is the state where you can confidently say you have a good sense of self-worth and self-esteem. Naturally, we all have our ups and downs, and we don’t feel confident all the time. Such moments, when you start questioning your abilities are also helpful, so listen to yourself. Listen to your mind. This is where it all starts. Those moments, when you waver, indicate which situations you may have trouble with, what your triggers are and which skills you need to work on.  

Building up your self-confidence might sound difficult, especially if you have very little belief in yourself right now. But after experiencing the first quick improvements, you will have something to build on. Do not underestimate small results.  

We prepared some easy to implement tips to help you start your journey and build your confidence.  

 1. Visualization

Visualize yourself as who you want to be and how your life will look like once you have more confidence You don’t have to imagine yourself all successful, be realistic and visualize the next stage of development. With time, you will and can be bolder.  

Often, we suffer from poor self-image. By imagining yourself as a confident, capable person, you can open your mind to new ways and new thinking. New ways which you are not choosing yet because you don’t believe you can do it. Experiment and keep your risks at bay.  

Are you not confident to ask for help from an experienced colleague or be a part of that project where you could prove your abilities just yet? Visualize various scenarios, practice what a confident person would say. Collect your thoughts, relevant experiences, and examples of similar situations. This is what confident people do. They rely on their past results and experiences. They rely on their skills. You have skills; we all have skills; you are no exception. The difference is that you haven’t recognized your skills yet, or you have no reference point. Find yourself the first reference point. A problem you can solve. 

Click the link to learn 5 Ways you can use relaxation and visualisation to help advance your career

2. Affirmations

We tend to beat ourselves up for the smallest of mistakes far too often, but rarely do we remember to compliment ourselves for the things we do well. When you know you are good at something, make it a point to remind yourself of that. Say it out loud, do not be shy. It is true for you; it has already been proven. You have proved it.  

It may sound strange first to hear your own voice saying, I tackled that interview and got the job I have been dreaming about. But it will give you a sense of pride and closure too. Knowing that you have accomplished something as a result of your talent and effort.  

I recall the first time I did that. I didn’t even state my achievement. Also, I said it as if it was a question.  

This method can apply to your physical insecurities as well. The next time you look into the mirror, compliment yourself. Compliment yourself out loud, for features of your appearance you are proud of. It can be anything, and you may be proud of your shapely eyebrows, nice smile, you can even compliment yourself for your hairstyle that day. 

Similarly, do not forget to compliment yourself for your mind, resilience, and perseverance. Compliment yourself for your dreams and plans. Without them, you wouldn’t make any progress. Dreams and plans are fuel to your growth.  Appreciate your own qualities with conviction, and your self-confidence will have no choice but to follow. 

3. Challenge Yourself

Do something that makes you uncomfortable. Start small, and this is not a competition. Your development and happiness are at stake. Others have no say in it. Listen to advice and opinions but know that you live your own life, and no one else lives it on your behalf. 

I know some would question this advice. Why would I start small? Why not be bold I can tell you if you ask these questions, you probably have enough self-confidence in that field, so find another challenge for yourself. 

By facing a difficult situation head-on, your heart will finally start believing that you can do anything you set your mind to.  Also remember, facing it head-on does not mean you have to rush into it. You can still craft your plan and progress at your own pace.  

4. I mentioned this already. Start Small

Often, we set ourselves on a course for a nearly unachievable aim, and when we are unable to meet it, our confidence takes a hit. Instead, break down your larger long-term aims into goals and those into smaller, short-term objectives 

After achieving your objectives, make a list of those achievements, no matter how small you believe them to be. This will help reaffirm your faith in yourself, and eventually, you will have achieved your goal as well. 

5. Personal Boundaries

It is okay to say no to other people. By setting personal boundaries and doing things that make you happy, you will be more in control of your life. Naturally, this will improve your perception of yourself.  

Follow these five techniques, and soon, you will be the person you always wished to be.  

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The Ingredients of Developing a Growth Mindset

The Ingredients of Developing a Growth Mindset

Developing a Growth Mindset.
Being successful is everyone’s 
dream but only the ones with a growth mindset get closer to achieving it. While you can wish to be successful, you are not just born with  growth mindset or get it automatically. Being truly successful means you show an aptitude to develop a growth mindset and resilienceIt’s easier than it sounds, so if you don’t know where to start,  you’re at the right place! 


CREATE Your Personal Vision of “Success” 
 

While the literal definition of success may be similar for everyone, it’s real meaning differs from person to person. Everyone’s vision of reaching the pinnacle is unique. To start establishing your mindset, all you have to do is envision your pinnacle. What do you want to achieve to be able to call yourself successfulWhat does success mean to you? What do you want to see, hear and sense around you when you are successful? Remember, for this exercise to work you have to envision you are already there. 


Set Your Goals 
 

After you framed your personal vision of success in your mind, the next step is to set goals that lead you to this ultimate vision. Your goals need to be reasonable because success can’t be achieved overnight and similarly, you cannot accomplish your goals overnight either. Make sure you cover all the important things such as wealth, career, personal developmentsocial relationsjoy and physical health 


A Dose of Motivation Each Day
 

It isn’t easy to stay on your path to success without motivation. In fact, without motivation, you may not last very long in the first place. Go out there and find your inspiration. It is easier than you think. Take a walk on the park, set aside time to listen to our podcasts or to read articles on the unleashr site. 

Inspiration is everywhere, it can be in the form of words your role model said in an interview or in the form of lessons from a self-help book.  Reading articles and watching videos of personal stories can also be a great start. Watch the stories of successful people and what they did to reach their level of success. All of these will give you ideas as to how to get closer to your goal and will also add to the strength and resilience to keep going each day. 

Routines With a Dash of Habits 

One of the most difficult steps to success is building and being able to stick to a routine. While dedicating 15 minutes a day to an activity doesn’t sound like too much, it is indeed rather difficult if you’ve never stuck to a routine before, or if you are willing to change an existing habitTdevelop growth mindset, maintaining good habits is highly essential 

You have to develop the habit of working towards a new goal each and every day. It doesn’t mean you have to change your goal every day, it means you reach for more every day while moving consistently in the desired direction. 

BREAK UP WITH PROCRASTINATION 

Procrastinati
on is an easy trap  to fall into.  
You might think that deviating from your routine for a day or two won’t matter, but this is where your sense of control should come inBecause procrastination may turn into a habit before you even recognise it, and it can become very harmful.  
One of the best ways to defend yourself from slipping into the habit of procrastination is to understand the reasons behind your inactivity and handle them 

Think about the reasons. Why do you not proceed, what holds you back? Is it motivation? Most of the time, it is not about motivation, it is about not believing you are moving in the right direction. Procrastination also creeps in when you don’t trust yourself.  

Did you know many become unsuccessful because they give up before they can reap the benefits of their efforts? 

 

Say YOU Can  


Growth mindset also enables you
. You don’t only envision yourself as successful, you plan the steps to lead you there. You think about the potential roadblocks and figure out the solutions. You do that because you concentrate on growing. Not avoiding something, not competing against something, you are not driven by fear of losing. You concentrate on YOU and becoming a better version of YOU. 

Success is not something to place on a pedestal and dream about. Instead, it is something that is achievable with consistent efforts. Integrate growth into your life. Manage it as part of your life, not as a distant destination you only desire to get to one day. 

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3 Things Successful People Do Every Day

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How do You Plan Your Life to Reach Your Goals?

How do You Plan Your Life to Reach Your Goals?

Plan life to reach goals. People have always had goals. Without them, life could become meaningless. Of course, not everyone plans their life to reach their goals. Some are more able than others.

How do those who achieve what they set out for themselves do it? What helps them?

I give you a few useful tips. If you adopt them, you will find that with time, more and more of your ideas will come to fruition.

 

Your compass

 

Reaching goals itself doesn’t take you closer to a happier life on a long-term.

You may reach many goals year on year and still experience merely a slight progress, while others perhaps set only a few goals and yet their growth appears to be faster.  And there are those who set specific and measurable goals and still experience that something is missing here and there.

Without a direction, a compass if you like, you still move forward, but your actions may not enable the achievement of your long-term goals. Planning your life to reach your goals is to find your own compass.
The ones who set a direction for themselves will proceed with their goal setting with greater ease and can better manage their resources, too. They can account for the steps they need to follow and can assess their skills accordingly.

 

Let me give you an example.
There is no point wanting to be the world’s best heart surgeon if you cannot even get into a medical school.

Draw your path from where you are to where you want to be. Look at what you need to improve and what you must work on, every step of the way.

Don’t get discouraged. Everyone starts somewhere. Perhaps, now, you are far from where you want to be, but remember, the quicker you set the direction and draw your path, the closer you get to your destination.

 

Set specific goals

To get to your destination, you must choose the path and pick the vehicle carefully.

Goals are the vehicles to take you closer to your dream. Interestingly, sometimes even we do not reach clarity about our goals, so how could we achieve them?

 

A vaguely defined goal might sound great, but it is challenging to achieve it. Just ask people around you about what they want to accomplish in life.
When we ask clients, we often hear they want to be rich, they want to enjoy more time with their families or want to travel around the world. These are all understandable and legitimate dreams. Dreams they are.  

 

Perhaps it’s not enough to want to be a millionaire or to want to live in a grand house. If you plan to live there and as a millionaire, define what a millionaire lifestyle means & what exactly you need to do to get there.
The more precisely you set a goal, the easier it will be to consider your strengths and the potential barriers, which will better position you to achieve the goal.

 

Do what is necessary

It’s not enough to come up with a “pretty” plan. On its own, it is only a plan. To make it a reality, find your own way of making it real and work for it. Jump straight into it. Start it today!

Do you remember the momentum conservation principle from school? When you think about moving objects, you can agree it is easier to keep an object in motion than to mobilise it when it is stationary. How does this relate to your efforts to achieve your goals?

As for awareness, the same rules apply. In other words, if you want to accomplish what you set out for yourself; the first step is always the hardest. After that, it becomes simpler since you are in motion or better to say you are on a roll. Work on your goals every day. 

Allow room for improvement

Perfection exists in a moment.

If you continuously strive for perfection, you easily find yourself in the procrastination trap because you will be afraid to make mistakes. Often, we do not act because we feel we are not good enough yet. However …

A mistake, however, is a friend because we can learn a lot from it. Every child learns to walk by falling over many times and standing up again and again. Look at a photo of yourself at that age. You were that child, too. Yes, I’m talking about you!

 

Finish it!

To cross the finish line, you must reach it, so you can cross it. Finish what you started.

How clear, right? Yet, we often forget to do so. Make a habit of finishing what you started. If you do not do so, the unfinished tasks (small and big ones) will sit on your heart as heavy stones, a distressing burden on you.

The opposite is also true. It feels great to finish a big task! The feeling of efficiency is coupled with relief, filling you up with confidence.

 

Plan each day

A quick plan drafted for the next day in the evening before saves you time and stress.

Just by doing that, you will sleep more peacefully. And the following day, you will have your guidance at hand to perform the tasks in the order of importance. Adopting this practice, coupled with a habit of planning life to reach your goals, will accelerate your growth.

You might be interested in following article – Why setting a goal is important? 

You Have Your Goals by Now. Still Struggling to Achieve Them?

You Have Your Goals by Now

It is May already, and most of us have our goals set. Some spend a great amount of time throughout January and February thinking about what they want to achieve during the year. Just to realise around May, their resources are exhausted, and they are still far from succeeding. Win half the battle now, so you can concentrate on winning it all. 

It is also that time of the year when many sit back and relax because they know what success will look like for the year ahead, isn’t it? No wonder why studies show that more than 70% of life goals set at the beginning of the year are abandoned later in the year.  

Is setting goals and knowing what success looks like the same as planning? Because this is the question, isn’t it? We might believe that by setting goals, we planned out the year ahead. And I am not talking about unexpected events disrupting our precious dreams.  

 

High performers know proper planning is half the battle 

Setting a goal means you know the WHAT. Did knowing the WHAT ever take you to achieve it? Itself it didn’t work for sure. You can add a deadline to your goal, which makes your progress more measurable. But you still might be clueless about HOW you are going to achieve that goal. 

So, what is a plan?  

A plan is basically your path to success. It is a series of steps to take you to the destination. Knowing what steps you have to make is helpful. Not only because you can think about how you can progress, but because you can account for potential limitations and barriers. Planning takes you to the plane of the HOW and transfers your mind from the DESIRE to the realm of ACTION. 

How come so many people struggle with achieving their goals if planning is so straightforward? 

 

Tools you can use to plan 

What comes to mind when you think about planning? Some instantly see their vision boards, others visualise detailed spreadsheets.  People often tell me plans should include only a few steps and I also often hear that they must be specific.  

So, what is the best way to make a plan, and what tools can you use? 

Before we get into the top 10 planning tools lists and the time spent on comparing apps and solutions, let’s think about what you can expect from a good plan. More precisely, what do you want to get out of a good plan? 

To me, a good plan is clear & simple, action-focused and realistic. It includes all the guideposts I need to get to my destination. I don’t need to add all the tiny bits, but I want to know the links and dependencies between my action items.  

Where does it leave you? Which tool is the best? 

The choice is ultimately yours. Based on your thinking style and discipline around performance. 

A vision board is a useful tool for dreaming, and you can use a visual tool to make a plan. Such a visual tool is a mind map. A mind map is an easy to follow method to account for all you need to achieve a specific goal.  

You can also use the ©Change Manifesto Tiles (©CMT). It is a simple tool that aids you in concentrating on the new elements you need to bring into your life to achieve your goals. 

The ©CMT takes you through the journey of building up what you need to deliver on a specific goal. You focus on the components that are not in your life yet so you can achieve clarity around the challenge you might face.  
The tool includes guidance, a template and an example, too. You can download the ©Change Manifesto Tiles tool here free for your personal use. 

 

If you prefer a detailed plan, you can use a spreadsheet, and some prefer using task management apps. 

 

The critical elements of a good plan 

You might think that putting together a plan is complicated. While some initiatives require complexity, you can focus on a few essential components. Make sure 

  •  all critical components are included,
  • your plan is easy to make, understand and follow; and
  • your action items are specific enough for you to act on them

A good plan consists of all the components you need to be conscious about to achieve your goal. It is structured, and it should be easy for you to link which action links to which goal or goals. A good plan also enables you to find dependencies between your actions. The latter gives you the benefit of finding out where and how you can save time or money, which essentially helps with your resource management. 

A plan itself is a documented version of your vision. Without action, it remains just that.  If you looked at your goals, realised it is already May, and you have a long way to go, the ©Change Manifesto Tiles tool is a quick way to build up your capability and pump new energy into your efforts. 

3 Things to do to Make Sure You Achieve Your Goals This Year

Achieve Your Goals

As I looked at my calendar today, I was shocked to see iwas the second week of May. The first quarter of the year has gone already, so it‘s time to take a look at the ideas I’ve planned for this year. 
Have you been following the goals you set out for yourself this year? Have you taken a glance lately at where you are in the process?  
It is still not too late to have a think through and make changes, if necessary, so at the end of the year you may see more positive outcomes and you will achieve your goals.  

 

Break down your goals into small steps 

First and foremost, you can break down the goals into steps. This way, you can move steadily, step by step, towards accomplishing your goal. Every time you achieve a milestone, you have a chance to stop and review whether or not you go in the right direction.  
At such times you may also reach out for help, or re-arrange your priorities and implement changes in light of your goals. I highly recommend you to download an app to your phone to help you keep track of your goals wherever you areSet notifications, so you won’t even have an excuse to avoid working towards your goals. 

 

Make a note of your goals 

Another way to maintain your perseverance is by writing down your goals on a daily basis. I will be the first to admit that for many years I thought this was a pointless activity. I thought it was simply a waste of my time.  

Then results didn’t come as expected and  I wasn’t even sure what my original goals were months ago…. I was way over my head. And that is when I decided to change and take a note of my goals.  

Since then, I write down my goals every single day with the steps needed to implement them. Every word I put on the paper, I thoroughly think through and envision the results I want to see. I know and can see, based on the results, that devoted and consistent efforts are key. Self-discipline is also essential 

We need to be consistent in our endeveours every single day to achieve our goals. 

 

Maintain your dedication 

How are your eagerness and dedication?  
Hmm, yes, I know, people often look past these traits at this time of year. In the beginning of the year, we are full of enthusiasm. New year new goals.  

Then the dull weekdays creep in and as months go by your keenness to make efforts decreases significantly, unless you consciously pay attention to it.  
The decision is in your hands. You can still change the curve of your progress, or keep things as they were before. Are YOU the driver of your car or are you a passenger allowing someone else to drive your car? You have got to decide.  

It is vital that you take your life in your hands. If you do not take responsibility, someone else will do it for you.           

                                                                                                                                      

And what is the benefit?  

You take control of your goals. You become unstoppable and achieve your goals and everything you set your mind to. Your confidence and self-esteem keep growing day by day. You become more perseverant when facing difficulties. You focus better, become more result-oriented and move forward faster; like a riverYou effortlessly overcome obstacles in your way and create the life you have always wanted for yourself.

Bonus Tip: We have an article dedicated to How to track your goals. Have a look at it.

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Inspiration for women who want to achieve more

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How do we become high achievers? Learn from successful women. Inspirational video of high achieving women.

“If your actions create a legacy that inspires others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, then, you are an excellent leader.”

Dolly Parton, singer-songwriter

How does a woman become a high achiever?

According to a study about Harward Business School MBA graduates, a couple of years ago, women and men had similar values in respect of their hopes for achievements in life and career.

Women rated highly factors such as satisfying work that is meaningful, professional achievements and accomplishments as key dimensions of their professional lives. Career growth opportunities and development programmes were of as much importance to them.

While some work in corporate jobs and others find job satisfaction and fulfilment in other professional areas, achievement and the desire for inspiration & growth are similarly form parts of our lives.

Whether we work in business, as artists or in public services there are behavioural patterns that enable us to higher achievement. Such behavioural patterns are:

  • seeking clarity about her own self and the world around her
  • finding and generating energy in almost any situation
  • being courageous and bold, trusting her own abilities
  • continuously improving her self and her capabilities

We could continue this list, do some more research and find that there are many different views on this topic. Instead, why don’t we view the following video and think about these amazing women? They are truly inspirational for their hard work, dedication and spirit. How did they do it?

Get more inspiration by reading How do women do business?

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The power of now and how you can harness it

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If you catch yourself dipping in your perceived past failures or getting lost in the ‘what if this or that happens tomorrow’ labyrinth, you have already lost your connection to the present; you stopped being in the now. You create illusions for yourself and make yourself believe those illusions are real. How can one accomplish being in the now? I have a couple of tips for you.

I am no Yoda or a Jedi Master for that matter, but when it comes to being in the now, I definitely am more than just a padawan. Being in the now is not easy, I have been practising it and developing my skills in that field for many years and still learn about myself.

What is so special about being in the now? Why the fuss?

If you catch yourself dipping in your perceived past failures or getting lost in the ‘what if this or that happens tomorrow’ labyrinth, you have already lost your connection to the present; you stopped being in the now. It may just be a matter of seconds, and your mind starts drifting toward the sea of what was or what could be.  From that point on, you don’t think about solutions anymore; you stop being creative. Instead, you create illusions for yourself and make yourself believe those illusions are real.

Being creative and being able to see clearly what resources you have available is essential for managing your life and making sure you stand victorious in the face of adversities. You will face challenges, we all do.

Being in the now means that you are free from illusions, it means that you see life for what it is and live it when it happens. You don’t miss opportunities and don’t run from the difficulties either. The latter may not sound so good, I know.

So, how can one accomplish being in the now? I have a couple of tips for you.

First, breathe

Yep, you heard me well. Whenever you feel anxious about tomorrow, breathe in and breathe out, slowly.

Be conscious of your thoughts

They can act like funny little elves and cause trouble in your mind in no time. Be aware that you are not your thoughts, be mindful that you have power over your thoughts and you and only you can teach them how to behave.

Spend less time judging

It may sound a bit harsh, and you may think you are not judgmental, I am not saying you are. I mean that we all spend a significant amount of time setting expectations. We want things around us to happen in specific ways. We visualise things happening in particular ways. While I do believe in the power of visualisation, expectations make things harder. Here you can find 5 useful tips to successfully change your habit.

Stop overthinking your performance

Don’t stop adding or creating value and don’t stop being demanding when it comes to the quality of your work. However, stop freaking out about your performance and how others see your performance or how certain things look.

Walk with your eyes open.

Have you ever had a walk in the park and had no idea whether the leaves on the trees were green or amber? I bet you were so deep in your own thoughts that you forgot to enjoy the nature around you. The very nature which could have instantly lift you up.

Being in the now also means that you dedicate time to connect with your surroundings. I love taking long walks in London. I love the buildings, the architecture and the people.

If something is bothering you, accept it.

Not the thing that bothers you. Accept that it exists. Accept that it found its way to your mind and started to dance around in there like your mind was its very own ballroom.

Once you acknowledge the existence of a problem that bothers you, you give yourself a chance to think about solutions and bang; you are in creative mode again.

More importantly, enjoy every single day because you only live once. Well according to some theories.

To live your life with less stress, read How to combat our everyday challenges effectively.

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The psychology of positive thinking

The psychology of positive thinking

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If you have ever applied for a job, you couldn’t avoid spotting positive thinking or positive mindset in the list of requirements. We all accept that having a positive outlook on life helps when it comes to facing everyday challenges even though we might not know precisely how positive thinking works.

So, what is positive thinking all about and how can you train your brain for it? Is glass-half-full way of thinking hardwired in us?

Beyond displaying a positive and upbeat attitude, positive thinking affects how we approach skills’ development and how we decide on allocating our resources to specific activities.

Researchers found that daily experiences of positive emotions, in fact, enable the build-up of useful resources and skills, while negative experiences may even paralyse the individual. It is not difficult to see that without motivation and inspiration your personal energy level is not the same. And experiencing difficulties without encouragement or support on a long-term eats up own energy and may lead to depression.

With a positive mindset, you approach difficulties with a higher level of confidence; in other words, you trust your ability to face the challenges that come your way successfully.

Positive thinking also influences how you explain past events and how you see the outcome of specific situations, what result you predict. Furthermore, a positive outlook on life often helps people see adverse events as atypical and temporary.

Does positive thinking equal to ignoring risks or potential limitations?

Are you fooling yourself? Certainly not.
It means that despite risks and difficulties you anticipate a positive outcome. You do that because you see those potential risks and challenges as opportunities or things you need to deal with in order to accomplish what you planned for yourself; instead of seeing them as roadblocks or showstoppers.

You may fool yourself, but the reason for that won’t be your positive mindset; instead, it would be that you are ignorant about crucial facts or potential dangers in a situation. Sometimes it may not be easy to distinguish between positive and wishful thinking.

If you follow wishful thinking, you form beliefs according to what might be pleasing to you instead of making decisions based on evidence and rational thought. Match your thinking to a perception that better reflects reality, and your positivity will be well-founded. You can use these 5 Ways to support your positive mindset.

Some say, convincing yourself that you will ace that presentation or job interview is basically lying to yourself. It might be unless you are entirely clear about the key messages of your presentation and you, or you prepared for that interview. While positive thinking will give you a great kick start, it is not going to solve the problem.

When wishful thinking is misinterpreted as positive thinking, come the comments about positivity being overrated. People disappointed with the outcomes because they expected something better might blame positive thinking for their unpleasant experience.

What are the benefits of a positive mindset? Let’s see a couple of those benefits:

  • Better health leading to a longer life
  • The ability to handle stress factors driving a more balanced and happier life
  • Better decision making leading to a more prosperous life
  • Healthy relationships

It seems positive thinking has its benefits when it is understood well, and your self-awareness supports it.

Next, I assume you would like to know how you can train your brain to have more positive thoughts. Here are a couple of tips for you.

  • When you are preparing to deal with a complicated matter, picture a positive outcome. In fact, picture several positive scenarios and think about what steps you should take to make one of the favourable situations happen.
  • When you expect that a challenge is coming your way, instead of thinking about the event itself, spend time thinking about the causes of that unpleasant event you predict, and the means you have to reduce the negative impact or to eliminate it altogether.
  • Fill your day with words that make you feel that you have control over your life and strength. Focus on words that suggest competence rather than the ones that indicate failure or mistakes.
  • Redirect your thought. If you remember, we were talking about how your energy level is affected by negative thoughts. You have the opportunity to choose your thoughts. Uplift yourself by concentrating on things that make you happy. Use this to achieve the mindset that enables you to take action. Once you are in action mode, focus on finding solutions to your primary problem.
  • Use positive words during the day. You may not tackle the ‘positive talk’ game right at the beginning but with practice, you will use more and more encouraging words and will feel how it affects your self-confidence.

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5 tips to successfully change your habit

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Tips to ingrain new habits quickly and successfully. Introducing a new habit is a challenge at any point in life with the practical tips in this article you can do it more effectively. Learn how to change your habit successfully!

Whether it’s a New Year’s resolution you want to keep, or whether you simply want to bring changes into your life, use these 5 tips we collected for you to successfully change your habit and ingrain a new behaviour.

1. Make it easy

Don’t overcomplicate it, just choose a goal you really want to achieve and write it down with a plan.

Be specific: answer simple questions like why do you want it, when, where, how, how much, and give details about the habit you’re going to change. Include what you think will be the positive impact on your life if you keep going with the habit.

2. Keep it simple

Focus on only ONE habit at a time and stick with it at least for 30 days. Start with small steps and spend even just a small amount of time a day on that specific activity.

Even if you’re extra busy or overwhelmed with your current life situation, we can all agree, it is absolutely possible to find at least 10-15 minutes for it per day.

3. Find a trigger

The best you can do is trigger the habit you want to form by activities you have already included in your daily routine.

Set implementation intention (‘if-then’ plans) and link the new habit with an existing one. For instance, if you’d like to meditate every day, you can aim for “When I wake up, I brush my teeth and then I meditate”. Use these 9 Ways to improve your self-discipline to support your habit changing progress.

4. Reward yourself

Celebrate every milestone, no matter how small it is. Rewarding yourself is great positive feedback, but the reward needs to be immediate. Learn more about The power of now and how you can harness it.

5. Be positive

Positive thinking helps you to maintain motivation, be confident about your success, and support you in sticking with the new habit. Keep trusting ‘you can do it’.

Various visualisation techniques help you to place yourself in ‘your destination’. Don’t be too harsh on yourself. Everyone can have a difficult day, so don’t give up if you weren’t successful; learn from your failure by figuring out the obstacles.

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Is glass-half-full way of thinking hardwired in us?

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I read an article a couple of years ago about research. that found biological evidence which proved there are negative and positive people in the world. It sounded interesting.  At least I found it interesting because I have always believed that I have a choice. Even following a positive or a negative mindset. Learn how glass-half-full way of thinking can help you.

A study performed in the Michigan State University, involving 71 women. Some participants of the survey struggled to put a positive spin on difficult situations which they had to observe. The participants of the study looked at various photos and provide their opinion about a potential outcome of a situation they saw in the picture.

As much as I find the results interesting, I still like to think that I have a choice. Even though some people might find it more difficult to view certain situations in a favourable light, adopting a positive attitude is possible.

Of course, I am not saying we should convince ourselves that whatever happens in our lives is positive and beneficial to us. However, I believe that being a glass-half-full person is in fact rewarding.

Let me share with you a couple of reasons why glass-half-full way of thinking is helpful:

  • Expecting a positive outcome and good things to come will lead you to take actions. That result in progress and more often than not in positive outcomes unless your positivity is somewhat naivety or irresponsible behaviour.
  • Expecting negative results or that bad things will come your way will slow you down. Or even worse will keep you from taking steps, and you will deny yourself of the steps that might have helped you prevent or reduce the adverse outcome you feared.
  • I often say that where a pessimist sees a problem. I find an opportunity. Have you seen anyone solving a problem by complaining about it? I haven’t.
  • Expecting positive things to happen is also helpful with closing the gap between where you are now. Even if you are struggling to see the light at the end of the tunnel, and where your desired destination is. With the positive mindset, you will take the courage to step outside your comfort zone and do something you found challenging before. It is undeniably an excellent way to stretch yourself because it builds self-confidence in a specific field and improves your overall self-esteem.

Problem-solving is a creative process, and while it requires us to think about the problem itself. It also includes an analysis of the problem which then leads to solutions; given we are dissatisfied with the current way of doing things.

Some would argue that willingness to solve a particular problem also depends on the level of dissatisfaction and discomfort with the problem we are trying to solve, and I somewhat agree with that opinion. But beyond the willingness, being able to reframe the situation and view it from a different angle is as much important. To get more proof of it, read The psychology of positive thinking.

If you change the way you look at your situation, and the challenges in it, not only your view will change but the problem itself. Your mind will suddenly shed light on a rich array of opportunities to discover inner resources, ways to grow. Comment below if the glass-half-full way of thinking is the way how you approach problems.

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