While it does take time and practice to steadily increase your self confidence, you can kickstart and boost it in as little as 10 minutes! There is a little trick that does wonders for many different areas of your life … and it takes only 10 minutes.
That trick is known as gratitude.
There is a strong connection between gratitude and confidence
We take a lot of things in our lives for granted. Here we are on our computers and smart phones with our internet connections reading this blog post. We had the money to buy our computers and internet service, but we don’t really think about that every day. There are a lot of people in this world who do not have the money to buy a computer. They cannot afford an internet connection. They may not even have the money for food and clean water. In fact, there are people dying right now because they can’t afford medical care.
I’m not trying to be negative or make you feel guilty in any way for what you have in this world. What I am asking you to do is be grateful. When you think about the world in terms of what you have instead of what you don’t have, you will realize that you – in fact – have a lot more than what you thought you did.
And when you realize how much you have, you become grateful.
Gratitude immediately changes your thought process from negative to positive.
Increase your Self Confidence through Gratitude
When we are grateful, it is difficult to be afraid.
When we are grateful, it is difficult to be sad or burdened emotionally for any length of time.
When we are grateful, it is much easier for us to pick up the reins and control our destinies.
And when we are grateful, our confidence increases almost immediately. Why? Because we get out of our own heads a little bit. We focus on the good instead of the bad. We see the good things already present in our lives, and we hone in on them. All of the things that seemed so important before fade away, and we see clearly.
Give it a quick try if you don’t believe me. Close your eyes and think about someone or something you are grateful for in your life. Really focus on that thought. Picture the person or the thing in your mind. Feel the warmth that floods in. Now, for that moment …be honest … how did you feel?
Gratitude makes us feel better about ourselves because it takes the focus off of all the negative thoughts in our minds. If you are ready to increase your self confidence, it is time to condition your gratitude muscle and change your perception of reality to focus on the positive – all of the good things you have in your life.
Sure, there are a million things you don’t have. But there are a million things that you DO HAVE. Focus on them.
How to Increase your Self Confidence in 10 Minutes
Grab a piece of paper. If you journal, grab your journey. If you use a planner, grab your planner. It doesn’t matter where you jot it down, but it is best if you do this exercise in a location you will see often.
Now set a timer for 10 minutes.
Write down everything you have to be thankful for. Keep writing until the timer goes off. Don’t just write down the big accomplishments either. Dig deep. List the small things too. Don’t be afraid. This list is for your eyes.
If you run out of things to write before the timer goes off, continue looking at your list. Do not look away. Most of the time it only takes a few seconds for more to pop into your mind. Continue until the timer goes off.
You now have a list of things you are grateful for. So, now what? How can you use this list to increase your self confidence?
- Consider recording yourself reading the list. Use your phone since you have it with you often.
- Circle the top 10 things on your list that you are grateful for.
- Keep the list with you – take a picture of it with your phone or fold it up and keep it in your purse or wallet.
- Read the list once a day as part of your morning routine.
- Read (or listen) to your list any time you start to feel self-doubt or fear creep in. If you are having a bad day or slip into a negative attitude, read the list. If you are nervous for a presentation or phone call, read the list.
Just the simple act of reading your gratitude list will decrease any apprehension you feel. Anxiety will melt away. Negativity will vanish. Confidence will increase.
It is nearly impossible to be afraid or negative when you are grateful.
At first, the gratitude and confidence boost may not last more than a few minutes. But the beauty of this exercise is that you can read the list again. You can close your eyes and focus on something you are truly grateful for in your life. And that boost will come back.
And over time, your mindset will change. You will know the list so well that you won’t even have to read it. You will begin to be grateful on autopilot.
You’ll notice an increase in productivity, positivity and happiness. You’ll notice a string of events start happening in your life. You will increase your self confidence without even trying.
Grateful people are the happiest, most successful and most confident people in the world.
And you can increase your self confidence today in only 10 minutes.
Originally published at Engineered Motherhood