5 Tips to Help You Boost Your Confidence 179

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This is a guest post by Nelu Mbingu, creator of Lessons From Everyday Life. She writes thought-provoking articles on a variety of topics related to personal growth and social success.

Not all of us are blessed with high self-confidence. In fact, I’d even say that there are more people who struggle with believing in their worth than those with high self-esteem.

So we may all benefit from learning a couple of confidence boosting tips and tricks.

Boost Your Confidence with These 5 Tips

1. Decide that you want to be confident.

This should actually be the first step for any problem you might have. You should decide that you want to actively pursue the solution.

When it comes to confidence, a decisive attitude goes a long way, because it can help you with the second tip: acting confident even if you don’t particularly feel that way.

2. Start acting the part.

As Amy Cuddy explained in her TED talk Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are, your body can change your mind.

One quick way to become more confident is to act confident and let your behavior influence your brain.

Maintain good posture, make eye contact when you speak to people, remove self-deprecating words from your speech, and always dress to impress.

According to Doctor Cuddy, such changes in behavior could lead to hormonal changes that will permanently affect the way you feel about yourself.

3. Stay true to who you are.

Many influential self-help authors believe that the core of confidence is integrity.

The most confident people are those who know who they are and what they want in life and they stay true to that.

They know their values and beliefs and make sure they honor them in the way they live their lives. Confident people are often those who have defined their life dreams and aspirations, and are working to make their visions become reality.

With that in mind, it may be a good idea for you to start discovering who you are and being true to yourself.

4. Empower yourself.

Psychologists have what they call the Confidence-Competence Loop. What it shows is that the more competent you are in a certain area, the more confident you become.

This means that the more you know how to do something, and the more you practice it, the more confident you become in your ability to do it. And improving your competence levels in various areas of life can boost your self-confidence in general.

There are two ways you can use this knowledge: One way is to get better at the things you are already doing now by learning and practicing more, and the other way is to find something new that you enjoy and start working to get better at it.

5. Work on your self-talk.

A lot of times, self-confidence has nothing to do with the world around you, and it’s more about how you see yourself and how talk to yourself in your silent thoughts.

Unfortunately, many of us get stuck in the claws of negative self-talk. Undoubtedly, it will be difficult to muster up any confidence if you keep reminding yourself of all the things that you’re not good at and all the mistakes you’ve made in life. So try your best to focus on the positives.

Concentrate on what you can do and what you’re good at. Believe in the truth: that you have what it takes to live a successful and meaningful life. You are worthy, complete and good enough.

With all that said, remember that confidence is like a muscle. It gets stronger the more you work with it. So perhaps these tips might not work overnight, but they will hopefully help you start the journey to self-confidence. Best of luck!

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5 Smart Ways to Incorporate Technology into Your Home 18

5 Smart Ways to Incorporate Technology into Your Home

A smart home was something we could only see in sci-fi movies just a few years ago. Today, smart technology is becoming more available in terms of prices and offers. Therefore, it’s not so surprising that many homeowners are choosing to introduce technology into their homes and make their lives more convenient, safe, cost-efficient and fun.

In fact, a recent report predicted that a global smart home platform revenue will increase from $4.2 billion (2017) to $39.5 billion (2026).

There is no doubt that the concept of a smart home will revolutionize our interaction with our interior, and impact various other aspects, such as the potential resale value of our properties. Knowing all this, it seems wise to start thinking about the ways to incorporate new technology into your home, today. Here are our top five.

Be smart – save energy

If there are two trends that have marked the previous year when it comes to home design, those are energy-efficiency and new technologies.

So, why not combine them and make smart technology work for you and help you save money on your electricity and heating bills? Your first step towards doing that is installing smart lighting. This change will enable you to remotely manage all the light bulbs in your home by using an app, so you won’t have to wonder whether you left your lights on ever again. The best way to use this technology is to pair it with LED bulbs and thus maximize your savings.

Another popular upgrade that helps you save money and automate your home is a smart thermostat. This device connects to your home Wi-Fi and allows you to set the desired temperature no matter where you are. Some models can even remember your habits and adjust the temperature accordingly.

An important safety upgrade

The times we are living in may be new and exciting, but they are still dangerous. That’s why you should do everything you can to make sure that your household is protected both from the unwanted guest as well as various hazards.

Smart home security takes care of that by offering state-of-the-art locks, high-resolution cameras, smoke detectors and motion-triggered alarms. Compared to the traditional security systems, smart security systems will not only alert everybody with a loud alarm but can also send an alert to your phone in case of emergency.

Comfort and convenience with smart furniture

Smart furniture is not being discussed enough, and we’re here to change that. It is set to completely change the way we live our lives.

Let’s start with a smart table or side table. These pieces can feature LED lights, Bluetooth speakers and wireless phone chargers.

The innovative smart sofas offer similar perks but with more coziness. Besides LED lights and speakers, they provide you with a convenient place to charge your phone, allowing you to have everything you need at your fingertips.

Other innovative pieces include color-changing wardrobes and TVs that can be “masked” into artwork, when turned off.

Make everything work together – smart hubs

You might find it difficult to control all your smart gadgets individually. A smart hub allows you to create a centralized system where all your devices are connected to the cloud, and you don’t need more than one app to manage all of them.

Additionally, smart hubs enable you to automate your devices. For example, this would mean that as soon as you unlock the door (using a smart lock, of course), the light in your entryway will be turned on and the thermostat will set the optimal temperature.

The only problem with smart hubs is that this new technology is still in its infancy, and there are too many manufacturers who do not collaborate. This makes pairing up devices from different manufacturers into one hub impossible. Until that changes, to avoid any problems, you should buy the products from the same brand.

A helping hand voice

If you are among those people who remember the Halloween special episode of the Simpsons on the mention of a smart home assistant, don’t be afraid. The assistants of the real world are nothing like Ultrahouse 3000 voiced by Pierce Brosnan. In fact, this technology can make your life a lot easier by helping you make the home automation run smoothly.

Just like Cortana and Siri are improving the smartphone user experience, smart home assistants will make your life easier.

They can be set to react to voice commands, which allows you to control various smart home features without having to use any app. Also, if you have a camera above your entrance and a smart lock, your assistant can unlock the door when they recognize your face.

It’s an exciting time to be alive, and we are sure that there are plenty other surprising smart home innovations on the horizon. Until then, try out these five, and see for yourself how they can change your life.

About The Author

Emma is a writer and a home décor enthusiast. She believes that good design can be found at the intersection between beautiful and functional. Her inspiration comes from traveling and exposing herself to new experiences.

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