Increase Your Self Confidence With These 5 Strategies

 

Increase Your Self Confidence With These 5 Strategies

We all know them. You know the ones, those self-confident individuals who always seem to be in control.

They make snap decisions, appear to be more successful than most people, and possess an inner strength that is almost visible.

You admire their self-assurance and firmness of opinion.

Such characteristics arise from inner beliefs in one’s ability.

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If you would like to be more self-assured, practice the following tips which can help you formulate a strong, healthy self-image, full of conviction and self-confidence.

1 – Understand Your Strengths… and Weaknesses

Self-confident people know what they are good at, and what they are not very good at.

Confidence definitely means feeling good about your ability to do certain things. However, it also means understanding those areas where you need to improve.

A confident person readily accepts they are not the best at everything.

2 – Look On the Positive Side

Bad things happen all the time. You need look no further than your daily news broadcast to see that the world has a lot of problems.

Self-assured individuals understand this. However, they do not focus on the negative side of life. They can always find the silver lining in every cloud, and a positive spin on a negative event.

3 – Don’t Let Failure Stop You

A failure is an event, it is not you are.

The most successful, self-assured individuals with true conviction in their beliefs and abilities have failed hundreds and even thousands of times.

They are not scared of a failure, and certainly don’t let it keep them from succeeding in the future. Norman Bernard Larsen invented WD-40 on his 40th try. The world would not benefit from this all-in-one miracle household product today if Larson had given up on his 10th, or 20th, or 39th attempt.

4 – Spend Time with Positive People

Confident people surround themselves with other confident people.

These people tend to be positive as opposed to negative in nature. Their self-belief is contagious, and makes people want to be around them.

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Negative people want to bring others down to their level, and positive, self-assured individuals spend time with confident believers in self-convictions that push them to be more of who they are.

5 – Use the Right Body Language

You can “trick” your mind into believing that you are self-confident.

This will lead to confident, assured actions and behaviors.

Pull your shoulders back. Stand erect. Look people in the eye. Practice good posture. Don’t slouch. Shake hands firmly. Smile more often. Speak slowly and clearly.

These are all traits of self-confident people, and simply by adopting these postures and confidence boosting tips, you will begin to feel more self-assured.

Can You Use Nootropics to Get More Done in Less Time?

Can You Use Nootropics to Get More Done in Less Time?

If you work a typical 9-5 then you are going to be fixed to working for those specific hours. This means there’s no benefit to working faster and then sitting around with nothing to do for hours.

But if you have managed to set up your own business, or if you have discussed flexi-hours with your employers, then working faster means freeing up more time to get home and spend with your kids or doing the things you love!

In these scenarios then, productivity tools help you to earn back your time. And this is one reason that more and more people are now looking into ‘nootropics’ or ‘smart drugs’ to give them the edge. Should you?

What Nootropics Are and How They Work

So let’s start by looking at exactly what a nootropic is and how it works. What’s important to recognize right away is that nothing can make you ‘smarter’ as such because that is a very vague term that is almost impossible to define.

Rather then, nootropics can give you a slight cognitive boost in particular areas like focus, memory or even creativity.

And there are two separate ways that nootropics can work to do this. In the majority of cases, nootropics work by increasing the production of one or more neurotransmitters. These are the chemicals in the brain that help neurons to communicate with one another and that can trigger changes to our physiology and our mental state.

For example, if you have more dopamine in your brain then you will become more focussed and more driven. This is likely to also increase norepinephrine which triggers the ‘fight or flight’ response. GABA helps us to relax by suppressing synaptic transmissions and this can also make us more creative – though it is sedative too. Serotonin puts us in a good mood but eventually converts to melatonin and makes us sleepy. Cortisol is the stress hormone and makes us hungry. Orexin is another sleep-regulating neurotransmitter. Glutamate and acetylcholine are both excitatory neurotransmitters that increase brain activity.

Generally, these nootropics that work by increasing neurotransmitters will focus on excitatory neurotransmitters and thus help to make you more alert, less tired and more focused. These include modafinil, Piracetam, Ritalin and even caffeine.

But there are many problems with these kinds of drugs as they can cause adaptations in the brain leading to potential addiction and making us groggy when not using them. Likewise, it’s not possible to raise one neurotransmitter without altering levels of many more. Ultimately, the brain is too delicate and too complex for us to tinker with it in this way.

The Other Type of Nootropic

But the other types of nootropics work differently – by providing the brain with more energy (vinpocetine, creatine, CoQ10) or by providing it with the raw nutrients needed for healthy operation (omega 3 fatty acid, vitamin B6, zinc). These types of nootropic really do trigger widespread cognitive improvement in a safe and measurable way. However, the results are relatively mild and take a while to appear – so it’s not going to turn you into a productivity king over night!

How to Use Lifestyle Design Without Upending Your Life

How to Use Lifestyle Design Without Upending Your Life

When you hear the words ‘lifestyle design’, you will probably find yourself thinking of digital nomads. These are people who take their laptop under one arm and go travelling around the world to spend time in other countries. They work on the go and this gives them the freedom and flexibility to see amazing sights, meet new people and generally live a completely untethered life.

But there are downsides to this kind of lifestyle. Apart from anything else, it means that you don’t have a home and you don’t have the option to go back and enjoy a nice hot drink and your favorite TV show. If you have a family, then working online really isn’t an option.

So what do you do instead? Here’s how you can use lifestyle design in other ways to increase your freedom without sacrificing security or comfort.

The Halfway House

If you work online, then you can work from anywhere and you can work when you want to. This means you don’t have to be tied to anyone place but that doesn’t necessarily mean you have to travel the world!

Think instead about all the places near you that you might like to visit. I personally live in London. Most days I just work in the coffee shops local to me and I love hearing people chat around me and go about their business while I drink in a warm and creamy Americano.

But then some days I’ll go and visit the rest of London. Sometimes I work at the amazing Madison’s roof bar where I have an amazing view of St Pauls. Sometimes I work on Southbank and watch all the commotion along the Thames. Other times I work in the British Library which has amazing facilities and a very studious feel.

And if I’m tired? Then I just work from home and enjoy the ability to work in my pyjamas.

Flexibilty and Freedom

From time to time though, I do make better use of the freedom my work affords me. Sometimes for example, I go and visit Europe using my pilot friend’s staff travel and I can stay there for a long weekend while working. If my wife is away, why not?

Other times I’ll travel to other parts of town where friends work and meet them for lunch or a beer.

I work out every morning from 9-10am because I don’t have a commute and can finish at 6pm. I have zero problem getting haircuts or visiting the bank either because I can book appointments in work hours. I can eat big meals at home, or just pop into a shop to grab lunch to enjoy with a view.

In short, you don’t need to be travelling the world to live a freer lifestyle. In fact, most of us would probably choose to stay where we are. But simply not having to commute to a busy office 5 days a week is more than enough reason to give lifestyle design a try.

How To Be Anything You Want To Be

How to be Anything You Want to Be

Too many of us are trapped in the work we do because we think it’s the only way to get what we want out of life. No matter what your job, the assumption is normally that you can work harder and work longer and that way earn enough money to stop worrying about finances, possibly to move abroad, maybe to buy your ideal home.

This is how you can make life the way you want it and thus you can no option but to work harder and work longer – especially as the costs of living start going up and you find yourself with more and more responsibility.

But the irony is that you’re doing all this work to succeed at something you probably never really had much interest in. You probably never intended to get into logistics, or administration and so why are you bending over backwards to make it work?
What about that dream to be a painter? A writer? Or a singer?

The irony is that you can still do all those things. And moreover, there’s no need for you to be working such long painful hours…

How to be What You Want to Be

Our problem is that we put far too much stock in our careers. We define ourselves by our jobs and we often ask people when we meet them at parties: what do you do for a living?

In fact though, neither your success nor your income is necessarily tied to your day job and there are many ways to be successful that don’t involve working harder.

Want to become a singer? The easiest way to do that is to create a YouTube channel where people can see you singing and then to promote that. If you’re good at what you do, you’ll get the subscribers and you can earn a side income from it!

Likewise, if you want to be an artist then you can start creating art in your spare time and use that to earn extra income by selling online or through local restaurants etc.

In other words, you don’t need to be successful in your job to be what you want to be – in fact the two are often diametrically opposed. The objective should instead be to gain more free time by working less and then to use that free time to pursue the hobbies and activities that you’re passionate about. Now you have the stability that comes from employment but also the chance to fulfil your dreams and to be successful doing what it is you love.

And guess what? As soon as you put pen to paper, you are a writer. As soon as you make a sculpture you are a sculptor. It’s that easy to be what you want to be: it’s only being successful that’s hard! But if you already have an income and you love what you do, does that even matter?

Most of us already have the means to live the life we want but we get too caught up in the rat race to realize it!

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