Everything in life either grows, or dies. Your confidence and self-esteem is included in that.
If your level of confidence isn’t growing everyday, it’s dying every day. So your job, is to make sure it grows.
If you want anything to grow, you have to feed it. And with confidence, you do that by trying new things. And most of the time, that’s scary! So today, I’ll give you a few simple ideas you can build on.
There’s a quote by Abraham Maslow, that reminds us that no matter who we are today, it doesn’t have to mean that’s who we’ll be tomorrow.
“In any given moment we have two options: to step forward into growth, or to step back into safety” ~ Abraham Maslow”
Every day there’s at least one opportunity to make a positive change. Unfortunately, most of those changes require that we step outside our comfort zone.
There’s a funny thing about comfort zones though….. Once we’ve stepped out and done the activity once, or twice, that activity becomes PART of our comfort zone! It’s only outside, because we haven’t tried it yet.
Once you’ve tried something new, it doesn’t really matter if you don’t do it again. You’ve done it once, you’ve had a success and that’s what’s important.
Clearly, if you do it a few more times, it becomes comfortable and possibly even enjoyable. But, success breeds confidence. So even if you commit to one small step outside your comfort zone each day, each success will bring with it more confidence in your abilities.
Even though the wild monsters that hunt outside your comfort zone sometimes seem scary, you can defeat them!
Small, simple steps will get the job done. Whenever you see a situation that can help you grow, think of a simple action you can take to help you move toward it.
Some ideas are…
- Say “Hello” to a stranger every day.
- If you see a nice looking garden while you’re out, hand deliver an anonymous ‘Thank You’ card for brightening up your day.
- Call in on an elderly neighbor and ask if they need anything from the shops.
- Strike up a conversation with a co-worker from a different department.
- Leave a comment on a web site you visit. (Why not start here 😉 )
- Search on Facebook for someone you haven’t seen since you left high School/College.
There are so many small ways, you can move one step outside your comfort zone every day. And before you know it, each of these things will become part of your new comfort zone. Once it does, go one step further.
After all, every marathon starts with one simple step. Every great discovery started with one simple action. Small steps can produce powerful changes. Keep taking small steps and before you know it, you’ll be doing things you never thought possible.
You can also have a read of this post to find 4 Things you can do everyday to bring you more success.