Being self-confident opens the gateway to success, to the life that you wish to lead, and to the dreams that you desire to live. Your achievements come from your ability to feel confident that you connect to your greater self. The ego-self is limited. Not so the greater self, and because you are connected, you can accomplish what you set out to achieve.
With such confidence in your universal connection, you can boldly progress towards your ambitions and aspirations. You can rise confidently in consciousness beyond limitations and handle life’s challenges. You can tackle any hurdle and move on to the next step of your journey to soul fulfillment. Being self-confident allows you to achieve your truest potential in your relationships, your work or career, finances, and self-image.
When you experience a lack of confidence, you might have temporarily forgotten that you are a spiritual being having a human experience. Nothing can stop you from striving for what you want. A lack of self-confidence can be the root of many complications and hardships that up until now, could block you from achieving your desires. Feeling adrift and without a spiritual anchor is like a thorn that bursts the bubble of hope.
You may have learned to lack confidence, and you can also learn to have unlimited faith. Being self-confident can be learned and formatted to suit all moments. Begin each morning by reminding yourself that you are a divine being, connected to all and to Infinite Intelligence.
The exercise I recommend is to sit and breathe in and out through your nostrils from a space 18” above your head and another space 18” below your feet, and into your heart. You can imagine that you are pulling energy from above (soul star chakra) and below (earth star chakra) and into your heart.
You will find that you become more and more comfortable and confident in multiple areas, including:
- Moving ahead in your career
- Starting your own business
- Embracing the risks of everyday life
- Refusing to be held back by fear
- Creating circumstances rather than waiting for them
- Smiling more and enjoying life
- Dramatically improving your health
Successful and dynamic people have gained mastery on how to feel courageous and confident. When you develop and build on your confidence skills, you, too, will feel and become a different person. You will feel much more enthusiastic, motivated and determined in every aspect of your life.
Once you improve the way you think and feel about yourself, your beliefs and your actions will follow. You will more easily overcome the challenges that life thrusts upon you, and you will manage them with new-found confidence and faith in your capability to do so.
As you become more self-confident, you abandon worry, hesitation and you side-step fear.
The focus here is on your whole being, every part of you: thoughts, mental images, emotions, and ultimately your behavior and the actual outcomes in life. All these improve your growing self-confidence.
Changes will occur when you focus daily on practicing being self-confident. Spend the few minutes daily, and you will feel your self-confidence growing and improving.
There is considerable power in knowing that you can succeed in your quest for a more significant life. Practice the exercise with awareness and consistency, and you will feel better and become the confident self.
Continue for one set of ten inhales and exhales. Increase the fullness of each successive breath and allow yourself to feel the resonance in the center of your chest. Feel the connection, the warmth and be assured that you are connected or “hooked-up.”
You can use this simple procedure throughout your day for an instant energy boost and to remind yourself, “Yes, I can.”
In fact, the subconscious mind does not know the difference between an image you see in your mind and an image you see in the physical world. It’s all the same to the brain when you focus ten minutes a day in better health. Using imagery and focused intention contributes 100% to vitality.
Only Ten Minutes a Day
You can have better health, meaning more energy and improving how you feel, by using your imagination. As you increase relaxation responses to lower the stress hormones that keep you on ALERT. You take charge of your energy and brain-body communication through purposeful imagery.
Try This for Better Health Right Now!
It’s a bright and warm Friday afternoon. You left a little early this day to go to your ATM to get some cash for the weekend activities. You check your bank balance to find the astounding sum of one million dollars. All those zeroes flash on the screen. Surprise lights up your eyes. Awestruck, you stare at the screen one more time to make sure its real. Passion wells up and laughter rolls through your body!
Now, hold that feeling. Inhale deeply and keep that feeling, then release your breath. Inhale, hold the feeling, and release. That is how you can improve your finances, your health, or your relationships in ten minutes a day. Right now, let’s create better health.
This exercise is an example of mental imagery—evoking a scene and a feeling–a dynamic combination. When you merge images and feelings that work for you, you can direct your energy and empower your results.
Better Health Needs Your Focused Awareness
Mental imagery makes you aware of your energy. You then can choose how to direct it towards an intention.
- Your intention is a requirement, the purpose for your spending ten minutes a day to better health. Intention focuses on the result you want: reduce stress, increase good feelings; disappear anger and be calm; focus on peace and banish negative thinking.
- Listen to the audio of the imagery. Another option is to listen to the Cosmic Waltz music that expands your energy and automatically entrains your nervous system to relax and create the scene mentally to merge.
- While within the imagery, strengthen the emotional association to better health and wellness through the inhale, hold the feeling, and then exhale gently.
Think of an image as a powerful emitter of your message to your environment. For example, you focus on one picture that supports your intention of joy—you are smiling, children laughing, ocean waves caressing the shore. You broadcast this image out into the world. Like any emission of energy, it will spread itself around, and your magnetic field will resonate with it.
So the question to ponder is: What do you want to send out through your energy field that resonates? What healthy image do you want to empower?
“Imagery is a very powerful psychological tool which can be used to enhance self-esteem, expanded awareness, facilitate psychological growth and integration, evoke inner wisdom, increase empathy, expand creativity, increase memory, facilitate optimal performance, evoke a more positive attitude, and accelerate the learning of subject matter.”
-Jack Canfield, co-author of Chicken Soup for the Soul
Strengthen The Emotional Bond to Better Health
Imagery is the ability to visualize or mentally create pictures and feelings. Thoughts and feelings are not separate from each other. Thoughts are the emotional association, biochemical response in your body. A feeling or sensation triggers a corresponding chemical response in the brain. Imagery empowers your awareness and directs your body to better health and wellness.
Mindbody science has shown us that thinking about running a race triggers the same physical feelings as the act of running. Apparently running the race gives you the happiness, physical exercise, and tension release. Imagining that you feel vibrant and radiate optimism is the real dynamic to better health.
Lynn Joseph, Ph.D., a professional speaker and founder of Discovery Dynamics, calls “guided imagery a thought process that directs and focuses the imagination and involves the body, the emotions, and all the senses: vision, audition, smell, taste, and touch. Even if your absolute sense is not visual, you can still use guided imagery effectively by feeling deeply and sensing acutely.”
Imagery is YOUR powerful language of the subconscious. By choosing your images, you can program your subconscious mind for better health and wellness.
It is an act of Love when you learn something about a healthy heart and then put knowledge to work on behalf of your health.
By applying new methods of self-care and seeing yourself as a whole, multi-dimensional being, you renew worth and increase your vitality. Rest assured, HeartWise® living is achievable, accessible, and naturally healthy. –Tom Goode, ND
Your Healthy Heart
Traditional medicine examines sick people and works hard to help fix them what is wrong. Natural medicine examines the principles embodied in healthy people and learns from them. First, you learn that happier people are generally healthier and have healthier hearts. They create more abundance, have better relationships, and enjoy better health.
The opposite is also true. Healthier people have more energy with which to create abundance, participate in life, and enjoy the company of other people. The cycle of health feeds itself to keep you feeling energetic and renewed regardless of physical age.
The healthy heart is much more than a pump. The heart is at the center of your body and the core of your very being. Did you know that your heart produces and radiates ten times the electromagnetic field of any other organ in your body? This is important for you to know because after all, you are an energetic being.
The energy knowledge of quantum physics, invisible particles, and non-linear dynamics have essential information for all who value their health. The latest sciences of psychoneuroimmunology (PNI), psychobiology and neurobehavior reveal how all parts of the mind-body system are interconnected and in constant communication.
The Mind-Body System
Because each part of your whole mind-body system is interconnected, what benefits your heart health automatically helps your overall health. A heart-healthy approach to daily living staves off heart disease and other physical ailments, as well as the perhaps more elusive but equally significant ailments of the mind. Whole heart-healthy living can reduce depression, anxiety, and panic attacks.
Knowing how the organs, cells, and molecules communicate enables you to stimulate powerful healing responses within your mind-body. Then, taking self-loving action, you feel better in increments. People notice that you look and act younger. Your mood improves. You have the energy for all that you want to do.
Take Responsibility for your Healthy Heart
How, exactly, do you go about taking responsibility? By becoming informed and by taking action to suit your personal circumstances. As the timeless saying goes, “Knowledge is power.” The more you know, the more you empower yourself to make heart-healthy decisions.
Have you noticed how life has a unique sense of humor about the topic of happiness. Why else would happiness be something that almost everyone wants and covets, yet only a few ever realize in their lifetimes?
Happiness is a mental and emotional state characterized by feelings of well being and contentment.
In human evolution, the mechanisms that alert us to danger, the motivation to survive and reproduce are how we think of the humans who preceded our lives and time. Today we are still attuned to danger and sensitive to negativity, and much of our attention is not focused on fun or pleasure that reward the brain’s pleasure centers. To be happier, we have to intentionally focus on being happy and shifting into that emotional feeling. Would you be willing to ignite your brain’s reward center through happy feelings and train your brain? That question is food for thought.
Another similar joke that life plays on all of us is that happiness is often achieved by those who stop looking for that good feeling. This may seem counterintuitive at first. Yet when you read the common beliefs shared people who are happy, you’ll understand how those who don’t seek happiness are the most likely to find it!
Strategies For More Happiness
An Attitude of Appreciation is needed when we take certain parts of life for granted. We might take our basic foundations like our homes, educations, or foods for granted. Perhaps our lifestyles seem so normal to us that we forget the freedom our lifestyles provide.
People who are happy, seem to be content and appreciate of whatever they have.
While our ancestors’ aggression and alert instincts helped them survive, the positive emotions like feeling satisfied, happy, or content support our larger connection to members of our family, friends and communities. Perhaps one way to gauge your level of happiness is to cultivate a mindset and appreciation for happiness.
- The mindset in which you take nothing for granted will usually require no more than a shift in attitude. You won’t have to change anything about your external circumstances.
- To remind yourself to be appreciative, make it a point to reflect on everything that you’re thankful for once a day. Doing this as you fall asleep each night helps to brush your cares away as you fall into restful slumber, preparing the way for a great day tomorrow.
Be realistic about achieving goals. Expecting success overnight, unless you have just won the lottery, is a sure recipe for disappointment. Happy people are realistic and pragmatic when it comes to setting and achieving their goals.
- You can understand exactly how much time and effort may be required to achieve a goal, and if you fall short, you then put in the necessary additional work required to succeed
- People who are always happy also know that life offers no guarantees. As you put in additional time and necessary work to complete a task or goals, , remind yourself that the journey is enjoyable. Enjoying the journey practically predicts that you will be amazed with happiness as you work on the tasks. The completion or achievement means even more to you now.
- This may sound pessimistic, however, this is merely to state that they are aware of the possibility that external factors outside of their control could easily change outcomes. Being aware of this can help lessen the blow when unforeseen circumstances arise.
Put others first. Achieving happiness can sometimes be the opposite of what you might think. You may be wondering how you can bring yourself closer towards achieving happiness if you put others first. Putting others first is a normal trait for persons with Adaptive Supporter temperaments. Temperament traits such as creating, achieving, supporting, or problem solving are characteristic of each of the four temperament styles. Thus, if you are not of the temperament to put others first, then know that your ability to be happy is that you follow your inner motivation toward your goals.
- Putting other people first automatically requires you to have a more humble and appreciative outlook on life. In addition to this, making others happy will invariably bring more happiness into your own life.
If you take some time to begin integrating the above approaches into your daily living, you’ll find that happiness has always been just around the corner – waiting for you to discover it.
Why Happiness Is Elusive to Some People
Most Disney movies and young children’s storybooks end with “happily ever after.” If only real life mimicked the story book endings, but it does not. The busier and more complicated life has become over the last century, happiness seems more tangible, but also still elusive. Parents are not always the happiest when their children are toddlers or teens, the ages when kids need and needle their parents the most. Certainly more income or less income or earning ability defines happiness, but researchers have shown that this does not hold any weight. The point here is that most people have imagined happiness based on getting married, having more money, finding the ideal partner, and so forth. The imagined happiness scenarios are just like the Disney movies–fantasy!
The truths about happiness from solid research sources shows that good, lasting relationships make people happy. The connection with those you love prove that feeling safe, appreciated, and treated with respect are factors in why relationships support happiness. Experiences with others you enjoy create happy memories
Focusing your energy on making those experiences happen will also make you happy. So what about money, and great vacations, or a brand new wardrobe? Won’t those “things” make you happy? The answer is perhaps fleetingly. The focus of true happiness is still about…
- Investing in the relationships that make you happy.
- Spending money on experiences that make the relationship better.
- Investing yourself fully in the relationship experiences.
You can practice these steps and find yourself growing in happiness. You can cultivate experiences to make others happy or just set and achieve the goals that make you happy. The key is to recognize the moments of happiness and then create them again.
Not all super successful people have the exact same skill sets. Yet the traits like happiness and positivity, of a successful person have been mapped in research studies. We can model…
How a successful person thinks?
Which trait of a successful person is proven to be the most effective in success?
How does this successful person handle failure? Does happiness elude them?
Is this successful person emotionally competent?
1) Successful People Visualize The Desired Outcome
Anyone who has become well-known understands that the first success trait of successful people is to visualize the perfect outcome. You probably already know what business, sport, relationship or activity in which you would love to excel. Think about the perfect situation where you have achieved all that you have ever dreamed of somewhere in the future. Then visualize the perfect scenario for you.
Any time you fill your head with images and visualizations of perfection and success, you feed your hunger to do whatever is humanly possible to reach your goals and live your dreams. There is scientific evidence indicating that you move physically towards your most dominant thought. Of all the traits of successful people, how they choose to focus on a specific goal, thought or image inspires them to move on that goal. What thoughts of success do you have that you can rank and make a commitment to focus on for your success? Write them down now.
2) Another Trait of A Successful Person Is Ownership of Failures
There are certainly some successful people who enjoy playing the blame game. However the most accomplished people, the ones that achieve truly incredible levels of success, give credit where credit is due. They exude positivity and happiness, and they are not afraid to admit they have failed. Owning failures is a transparent trait of emotional intelligence. Everyone has failed, and most accept failures as a part of life.
Legendary Texas oil and gas executive and billionaire T. Boone Pickens said the best single piece of advice he ever received was from his grandmother, Nellie Molonson. He claimed that many times as a child, his grandmother told him that sooner or later he was going “to have to sit on his own bottom.” She explained that the phrase meant there was no point in blaming others when he failed, and that nothing good would come from it.
Celebrated author and professional blogger Gretchen Rubin agrees wholeheartedly, saying, “To become a success you should always give credit where credit is due, and take the blame when you deserve it.”
3) The Next Trait of a Successful Person Is To Read
Whenever you see a picture of an incredibly successful person in his or her home office or business office, there are always bookshelves filled to overflowing.
The link is clear in the media perception that a successful person reads. Do they? Yes, reading journals, books, and industry reports is a trait of a successful person. That is because successful people understand the importance of constantly learning about the business, marketplace or endeavor in which they are dedicated to succeeding.
As Director for the National Year of Reading, Honor Wilson-Fletcher pointed out that reading anything relieves stress, improves communication skills and opens doors in business and personal relationships. Countless studies have also shown that consistent reading dramatically improves your chances of enjoying a successful career and life. Make it your goal to read something every day, especially specific reports and resources that pertain to the particular field in which you wish to succeed.
In summary, if you can emulate any one trait of a successful person listed here, then your practice is to choose one trait where you need more strength.
Then focus on it through visualization and move toward it.
The second action to be more successful is to intentionally make a list of your failures, read them and own them. If you feel that any remnant of emotion flares up, then act on it immediately in any of these steps: talk it through with a coach or friend; write out the feelings and words via longhand. The physical act of writing moves the energy of emotions out of you and relieves any tension.
Choose one trait of a successful person today and then focus, be free of blame and failure, and read to stay ahead of the trends in your field. These three steps are part of your success system and you are on your way now! The best is yet to come.