How to Boost Your Confidence in 20 Minutes
Somewhere amidst the constant hustle of juggling long hours at work, unreliable public transportation, working out and a social life, burnout can cause even the most confident person to feel insecure and lose self-esteem. It seems like there isn’t time to be anything but perky and cheerful or else everything falls apart. Here to help are six 20-minute plans that’ll give your confidence bank a much-needed boost.
1. Turn off your phone and stay away from the Internet. I recently did a weekend detox from all things tech and emerged on Monday feeling lighter, more self-aware, and ready to take on the world. I find this simple challenge quite invigorating; it eliminates the compulsive impulse to check my phone every two minutes.
2. Just do it. Whatever is causing your current anxiety or insecurity, chances are, you’re ready for it. Remind yourself that we’re handed challenges because we’re capable of them. Making a big presentation, deciding to move across the country—these are risky moments presented to us in life because we want whatever comes next. So don’t think too much, just do it.
3. Exercise: Whether it’s CrossFit, yoga or SoulCycle, get your booty to the nearest gym and break a sweat. It’s scientifically proven to make you feel better thanks to those endorphins. Better yet, go outside! Running, walking, hiking and biking are all great workouts because the physical act of moving forward in one direction trains your brain into thinking you’re actually going somewhere.
4. Adjust your posture and smile: Slumping and slouching are enemies of positivity. I find that I can be sitting at a computer working on a project for hours, and when I finally sit back, I realize my body is aching and my face is tense from not smiling. Fix that before you look like the Hunchback of Notre Dame!
5. Jot down a list of all the things that have been positive in the past week or month: It’s important to reflect on your past (but recent) successes in order to motivate you for the present and future. You know what they say, an object in motion stays in motion…
6. Make something: Remember macramé at summer camp? Woodshop class in middle school? The joy of fashioning an item with your bare hands brings out your inner creative spirit. Concentrating on an art project or creation of any kind is a satisfying task. If art isn’t your thing, perhaps cooking a quick, healthy meal is your equivalent. You’ll boost your confidence by achieving these small, creative goals and letting your imagination run wild.
What’s your secret to staying confident on the daily? Share your tips with us in the comments below.
This post was originally published on Levo League by Tiffany Teng
It can be intimidating to step out on your own and build a business from the ground up. As part of our collaboration with Office Depot, we're talking with Selfmade alum and solopreneur Colette Lawrence, the faith-based motivator and relationship builder behind The M.E.E. Movement, about ways in which women in business can find success.
B + C: How did you know M.E.E. Movement was your business to start?
The M.E.E Movement represents motivation, empowerment, and encouragement for women. It is what represents me. I did not know at first that it was my business to start, but then the thought of monetizing what I loved came to me. It scared me, however. I registered the business in July 2020 and have been slowly building my wings since.
B + C: What's one strategy that's helped you start your business?
Thinking through and researching what the requirements are to start my business, and then asking questions of people who are in the business. Not all advice worked; however, it helped me to figure out what I needed to do and not to do.
B + C: Did you always know life coaching would be your entrepreneurial path?
(Smiles) No, I did not. I 'stumbled" on it. I knew that people were always coming to me for advice and I found that I loved having conversations with them, especially with women, young and old.
B + C: What was your most valuable takeaway from Selfmade?
My most valuable takeaway was the first day of training: Get out of your own way. There were a lot of great moments and important takeaways from every presenter. However, getting out of my own way, pushing past doubts, was for me my most valuable takeaway. Doing something that I had never done before took courage. If I do not focus on what is happening with me mentally then I cannot deliver to my clients successfully.
B + C: What's one piece of advice you would give to female entrepreneurs on the brink of starting?
Get out of your head. You have something to offer. You have what you need to succeed so go ahead and do it.
B + C: How do you stay motivated?
I stay motivated by listening to music and listening to motivational speakers, and sometimes someone will just reach out and talk about the impact that I made in their life. That adds the extra juice or sauce I need to pummel through the day.
B + C: What's your best organizational tip?
Keep a diary and journal. It's the best way for me to keep organized and it also provides a source motivation as I record not only my "losses" but my wins as well.
B + C: Who inspires you in the entrepreneurial space?
Shirley Toliver – She motivates and empowers and makes me always want to show up.
B + C: What has receiving the Office Depot scholarship to Selfmade done to help you start or grow your business?
The scholarship was a blessing in that all the areas that were covered offered valuable information that I needed, from social media to HR. As a new business owner, I needed to know this to increase my own personal awareness in what it takes to run a successful business. The candidness of the presenters made it easy to see myself in their shoes and helped me to realize that I can also get there.
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