Mind Over Matter: How to Start Unlocking Your True Potential with the Power of Confidence
What would you do if you knew you wouldn’t fail? Sometimes the most important tool we have to motivate ourselves is just to believe that we can do it. Confidence plays an enormous role in setting ambitious goals and in staying on track to pursue them.
Confident people are more likely to stay positive, persist after setbacks, and put themselves in situations with more growth opportunities. If you feel stuck or stagnant or have no willpower or energy, working on your self-confidence might be the key to unlocking a whole new motivation level.
Ways to Start Unlocking Your True Potential
Tackle the Small Things
Take some time to do things you enjoy doing and are good at. They don’t have to be related to your end goal, and they can happen at any point during the day. If you make a perfect omelet, try cooking breakfast at home. If you make great playlists, create a new one for your commute. Finding small ways to celebrate yourself and build up your self-esteem can help you practice feeling more self-confident when it counts.
Use Self-Talk to Your Advantage
How we speak to ourselves matters, and some kinds of positive motivation can help more than others. A recent study of self-talk used by athletes reveals that when you’re first learning something, simple, technical reminders are the most useful kind of self-talk. Beginning swimmers, for instance, might remind themselves “elbows up.” Similarly, beginning public speakers might remind themselves to “slow down” or “make eye contact.” However, as you grow in experience, you can use self-talk in a more motivational way to keep yourself on track. Try telling yourself, “You got this,” or “Bring it home,” whatever encourages you to stay focused and determined, with a positive attitude.
What does your end goal look like? Take some time to imagine yourself meeting it, adding in as much specific detail as you can. What are you wearing when you get there? Who’s in the room with you? Who’s helped you on your way? You may even imagine what it smells like, or tastes like, to succeed. The more you can envision yourself meeting your goals, the more you’ll find yourself motivated to move towards that vision.
Working hard towards success doesn’t always have to feel like work. Build in time for fun, and find opportunities to treat yourself. You might consider writing down milestones, including some that are easily achievable. Consider perks like preparing your favorite meal, buying something you’ve had your eye on, or taking a vacation as rewards for reaching your goals.
Feeling confident is a process and one that we’re continually reminding ourselves of and building back up. Nourishing your self-confidence can help you unlock the willpower and determination to stay the course, even when obstacles spring up in your path. By believing in yourself, you can help give yourself the boost you need most to move towards success.