Here are three simple strategies born from the emerging science of positive Psychology that can help build self-esteem and confidence.
Each night before bed, reflect on your day and make a note of 3 things in your day that went well. No matter how small. It could have been a phone call to a difficult client that you were avoiding, doing some exercise or eating well. Whatever you achieved, write it down. By forcing yourself to find and look for at least three things that went well, it helps build your positivity ratio and build and enhance your wellbeing.
In addition to these wins, why not identify what you want to achieve the following day by acknowledging the things you want to get done. Consider it your to-do list.
We know through Neuro-Science that there is a part of our brain called the Reticular Activating System or RAS and that it acts like a little antenna. When we program something into our RAS, it goes out into the universe in order to bring it into our reality. Decide in advance what you want to achieve and write it down so your brain can go to work on bringing it into your reality. Program your brain for success by dictating what you want it to look for and bring it into your reality.
The next exercise is purely focused on gratitude. The research says that having gratitude lowers our stress levels and also depression. It has the power to increase life satisfaction and hope and it is one of the most powerful, long lasting ways to make someone happier. What things or people are you grateful for in your life? Have a think about all of the people and things that you are grateful for and make a note of them. Do this as often as you can.
We know through the science of positive psychology that the connection between happiness and goal accomplishment has been proven undeniable and that we are encouraged to look for ways to make ourselves feel good.
This next exercise is about identifying what things or activities make you feel good so you can make a commitment to do them more often. Have you ever spent time getting conscious and deliberate about the things that make you happy and that make you feel good? Write a list out now and make a commitment to start tomorrow. Find the things that make you happy and do them more often. Makes sense doesn’t it?
Use these three very powerful tools as often as you can to help build a set of sustainable, wellbeing habits and set yourself up for success.