Practical Ways to Boost Your Confidence and Motivation 136

Boost confidence and motivation, Let's Reach Success

That’s a guest post I wrote for PickTheBrain. Read the whole article here.

Sometimes confidence is everything.

It can make people like us a few seconds after they’ve met us, it can make others respect us without knowing us. It can make a whole room of people listen to us carefully and believe our words only because we’re saying it confidently enough. It can also cause fear or make others feel inferior to us.

In the communication between two people there is always one who sets the rules and decides the direction of the conversation, who subconsciously influences his opponent’s actions (even if they both don’t realize it).
Basically, confidence helps you be that person and win battles and arguments without the need of even saying something.

That doesn’t mean you’re a bad person.

You may be humble, shy, an introvert, or else. But in today’s world that means you’re often trampled and your rights are being violated.
Confidence can get you out of that trap.

It is a unique quality that makes you look and sound better, stronger and what you say will almost always be accepted.

Being confident in yourself means believing in your abilities and potential, and this is a great thing. Because even when you fake it, you actually start believing and that improves your performance, you start seeing yourself in a different way and can now achieve much more. You’re motivated, certain in your abilities and what you do and know how to show that.

We can all benefit from a little boost of confidence every now and then. So here are a few quick and easy exercises that can help you motivate yourself and accept your strong qualities:

  1. Think of a moment when you felt extremely confident. Remember a time when you won something, passed a difficult exam, received a compliment, looked great, were in a better shape, got a promotion and so on.

Visualize the picture and try to really feel the emotions and thoughts you were filled with at that moment. Recall it with every detail.

What were you thinking about? How were others looking at you?

Remember the smell and noises around you. How did you feel? What was your posture and what did your eyes radiate?
Great power and confidence, I’d say.

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Hunt Down Your Goals and Become Fearless Like a Lion 12

Hunt Down Your Goals and Become Fearless Like a Lion

To be fearless is to dare yourself to think new thoughts, take risks, fail and find the courage to start again.

In order to change, you must face the uncomfortable, because fear is not supposed to run you. Instead, it is a call to action.

We all have fear and we must never let it paralyze our dreams. If 2017 was an unsuccessful year, hopefully, this article will inspire you to take action.

I know how it feels when you are tired of listening to those inner voices of doubt. Slowly, the anger builds up inside. Despite those feelings, you can channel fear and anger in the right way and start to hunt for your dreams. Throughout my life, I felt a renewed hunger and drive to succeed when I simply let go of denial, accepted full responsibility and took affirmative action.

“Everybody wants to eat but a few are willing to hunt”

In today’s cold reality humans do not like to see anyone other than themselves succeed. Most will never take the next step to improve their life or the lives of their future generations to come. We are pushing towards survival of the fittest.

Tell me, when a lion hunts does it care what is in its way? No. The lion is in pursuit because it is relentless.

You must become the king of the jungle. All the things that make up our lives are in intricate balance and you must fight to protect your dreams.

1. Be fearless like a lion.

A lion has no fear of any challenge, so how do I become fearless?

My simple answer to overcoming fear is that I wake up with the burning desire in my heart. The burning desire is created by repeating positive affirmations like I CAN and I WILL.

Hidden somewhere deep down within you, there is that courage to dare yourself.

Ask yourself who is really stopping you? Go out there and let loose and you will learn what great lengths you are capable of going to.

Your first job before you start hunting is to find the fighter within you.

2. Know your limits and then defy them.

You’ve reached a certain limit but just can’t seem to go that extra mile. Once you become fearless, you become limitless.

A mind that is fearless has the urge to take more action and that is where you become defiant. Try your best to understand what you are doing wrong as sometimes it is easy to give up hope. So focus your attention on studying the obstacle in detail.

As you achieve one goal, you have the mental capacity, maturity and experience to face a new challenge. Therefore, your hunger and appetite for more success increase. Keep pushing no matter what and you will eventually break through.

I know for sure it is difficult at first, but now you’ve successfully defied the odds.

3. Think of a plan, visualize it and execute it.

A lion stalks its prey from a distance and seldom charges as it grows closer and closer displaying deadly predatory behaviour.

Never rush to execute a plan as it takes careful selection. Be clear what you want just as the lion calculates timing. 

Visualization is a vital tool to programme your subconscious mind in order to create that bridge of what is non-existent into reality, which is capturing your goal.

4. Be willing to accept failure.

Failures are what propel anyone forward their current success. We can certainly learn from our failures, but our intentions should be to succeed in accomplishing our goals! Failure is then a learning process, not a reason to accept defeat. You are the king, show no remorse!!!

Motivation from Will Smith is perhaps one of my favorites. Here’s one speech:

5. Have a winning attitude every day.

To keep the cycle of motivation in constant momentum you must work hard too.

The winning attitude is created by approaching your life with discipline and putting in the hours of practice.

I like to perform a reflective practice and personal development, which enables me to identify areas where I am falling down and thus need to pay more attention to.

6. Don’t allow criticism to defeat you.

We are afraid what others think of us, what we have or what we are going to do. It is you that must make that self-promise to finish what you started.

Every once in a while, a lion must remind everyone what he is capable of.

You are the king of the jungle. Own it!

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This article was written by Usman Mahmood. Besides working in the field of science helping patients through genetic testing, his purpose is to empower and inspire people in life with motivational videos, messages, articles, and stories from around the world. He loves to engage creative and ambitious minds on his Facebook page.