1) Action Breeds Confidence

Take Action

Do you know what breeds confidence? Do you know what empowers courage? Do you know what builds optimism? It’s one simple thing. Action.

You see … Setbacks tend to drag down our spirits. Staring at a daunting amount of work can be depressing. Embarking onto or into something new can seem frightening.

However, whenever you take action … no matter how small a step you take … you serve to take control of the situation. And this control sets in motion powerful psychological forces that lift your psyche … it emboldens your consciousness … it drives you forward.

So, if you’re having one of those days … or if you feel like one might be coming your way … don’t shrink from it.

Remember, action breeds confidence … it empowers courage … it builds optimism. So, go out and get busy.


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287) Powering Up

Others want to associate with you most when you project confidence and optimism. Knowing that, you’ll want to adopt a mindset that inspires you to walk taller and have a bounce in your step.

Here’s the problem. It is easy to say, “Think confident, optimistic, and powerful thoughts and that will come through as who you are.” However, when you find yourself in that real-life situation surrounded by business icons, thinking this way isn’t always easy.

Fortunately, researchers have found that you can easily get yourself in this confident frame of mind. Here’s the trick: If you want to project a feeling of power and control, assume a high-power pose, like standing tall with your hands on your hips, not unlike Superman.

A minute or so of this and powerful psychological forces take hold. A “take charge” attitude wells up inside you. And from this, you will naturally start to feel in control … confident … optimistic. So, hands on hips and power up.


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