Life is not easy. In order for a person to maintain their confidence and the ability to walk this world guilt free, it is important that they live their life doing what they know in their heart needs to be done. In this article I have listed six things that you can do to boost your confidence and get your life going in a much more positive direction.
Surround yourself with positive people:
It is very important that you surround yourself with people who are motivating, optimistic, and pushing you to better yourself. These are not people that are just going to tell you what you want to hear and feed you compliments, these are the people that are going to get on your case if you stop pursuing your goals, push you to your limits in the gym, recommend good books to read, be that shoulder to lean on, and never make you feel inadequate for being who you are. Surround yourself with these kinds of people and you will find yourself much happier and inspired.
2. Begin a workout routine:
There are so many exercise routines out there today. A great resource I have found for finding good workouts is bodybuilding.com. It is filled with workout routines, forums, supplements, and everything else you would need to build the perfect workout routine, whether you are a male or female. Exercising is not just about looking good. It is about feeling good, being healthy, and pushing yourself to be the best you can be. The following additional benefits of exercising were found in a study done by the Mayo Clinic: combats health conditions and diseases, improves your mood, naturally boost your energy, get better sleep, enhances your sex life, and it is overall fun.
3. Find a diet and stick to it:
Dieting is the bread and fat free butter of any healthy lifestyle. We’ve all heard of the Atkins Diet, the South Beach diet, the Raw Food Diet, and of course the Taco Tuesday Diet. Each of them has something great to offer. A couple of places that can help you find the right diet are Shape.com and Sparkpeople.com. Remember, greatness is achieved through consistent positive actions to achieve a goal. So once you find out which diet works for you stick to it!
4. Establish an attitude of non-judgment:
No one in this world is perfect. From the prison convict to the President of the United States, everyone has made a mistake, including you. If you go about your day passing judgment on other people that is a reflection of insecurities within yourself. A little bit of empathy can go a very long way and can mean the difference between making friends and creating enemies. Positivity begets positivity. Make sure that your thoughts and actions all remain on the positive end of the spectrum of your moral compass. This will allow you to unquestionably hold your head up and be invulnerable to those feelings of insecurity.
5. Create a list of morals and principles that you believe in and live by them:
We all have a basic understanding of what is right and what is wrong. A moral is defined as a person’s standards of behavior or belief’s concerning what is and what is not acceptable for them to do. Before you make the decision to do or say something to someone else or to yourself be sure to think of the consequences of that action. Will the effects of that decision be positive or negative? Will this decision better my life or someone else’s? Will this decision bring me closer to being the person I wish to become? These are some great questions to ask yourself prior to saying or doing something. A principle is defined as a fundamental truth or proposition that serves as the foundation for a system of belief or behavior or for a chain of reasoning. What principles do you live by? Is there a set of beliefs that you feel keep you on the path to becoming your greatest-self? It is very important that you build a set of rules and beliefs that will keep you in a state of harmony and shield you from those that mean to knock you off course.
6. Practice self-discipline and integrity:
Once you have established the first five steps, you have to work to maintain that lifestyle. Greatness is not achieved in a day, a week, a month or even a year. Greatness is achieved by living a lifestyle that consists of positive and productive actions done on a consistent basis. Having people along the way to encourage you is great but if you do not push yourself to maintain this type of lifestyle you are setting yourself up for failure. Any goal or dream without the faith and the drive to back it up is like a bird without wings. Give yourself a chance to succeed by establishing a system for success. If you don’t want to create one, there are plenty out there to get you started. A few books that can get you started are Deepak Chopra’s Seven Spiritual Laws of Success, Napoleon Hills Keys To Success, and The Seven Decisions by Andy Andrews just to name a few. Once you have created your system you must hold yourself accountable for sticking to it. Integrity is defined as the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles; moral uprightness. Intergrity is what brings it all together. Living a life where you are honest with yourself and those you interact with, and following the principles you established in the previous step, will strengthen your belief in your ability to accomplish any goal you set for yourself.
Living your life with integrity, following your own set of morals and principles, and doing what you know in your heart needs to be done to become the ultimate version of yourself will make you invulnerable to feelings of insecurity. You are your greatest ally and the only person whose opinion should matter to you. Be sure to speak to yourself with respect and encouragement and expect great things to come in your future. It’s never too late to begin your walk down the path to becoming your ultimate-self. Make the decision today to pursue a path of optimism and success because you are not only capable of it, you deserve it as well. I’ll end with the wise words of Zig Ziglar the great motivational speaker “you don’t have to be great to get started, but you have to get started to be great.”