These go-to self-esteem hacks are sure to boost your confidence and mood! We've talked a bit about setting goals and why it's important to set meaningful and specific goals that are measurable. I hope you've spent a little time thinking about what some of your own goals may be. That's because today it's time to put the theory to practice and use writing down goals and checking them off as the top priority self-esteem hack.
This isn't going to be as hard or as complicated as you may think at first glance. These are the small goals you want to write down and check off. Sometimes they are part of your bigger goals, sometimes they aren't.
Think about what you want to get done today. Maybe this includes making a meal plan for the week, finding some time to read a book, or taking an hour for yourself to play a video game. Maybe it's weeding the garden. Maybe it's replacing the windshield wiper fluid in your car. It doesn't matter how large or small, write those goals down on a small notepad that you can carry with you or leave at your desk or kitchen counter. Then, as you accomplish each small goal, check it off. You can put a check mark next to it or cross it out. Try them both and see which one feels better.
It's very satisfying to check items off your goals or to-do list. Each time you check something off, you get a mini boost of confidence that will help motivate you to tackle the next task, and the next one. Mix and match goals or tasks that are very easy to accomplish, and those that take a little longer or require a little more will power on your part.
Play around with how much you put on your list to check off. If you find yourself overwhelmed with too many tasks and goals, limit it to no more than five things. If you find that you can't possibly make it through your entire list and that not finishing gets you down, make sure you add no more than what you can comfortably finish. If on the other hand having quite a few extra items on that list motivates you to see how much you can check off before bedtime, load up that goals list. Make it work for you and see what system gives you the biggest boost in confidence and courage.
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The happiest people in life are the ones who look at what they have, rather than what they don’t have. Think about what you’re grateful for every day. Don’t just think it. Say it aloud or write why you’re grateful. It will re-direct your focus and help you to notice more often what’s really good in your life.
There's a little voice inside your head. (Don’t worry, you’re not crazy!) This voice is often negative. Catch your negative self-talk and whenever you hear a negative comment, immediately replace it with a positive one. Write down your most recurring self-talk statements and write counter-balancing positive statements.
If you hear, “No one likes me”, write down “That’s not true. I know people like me because…” and list the reasons. Your brain is like a computer: whatever command you input, it responds. So, if you ask it a question such as, “Why do I always mess up?” your brain will find plenty of examples to support it. If you ask more empowering questions, it’ll provide you with more resourceful answers.
We’re often so busy that we seldom take the time to stop and really reflect on what we’ve achieved (regardless of how insignificant you think it is). Take the time once a day to ask yourself what you’re proud of having achieved that day and revel in it. Appreciate how far you’ve come and remember that it’s not the outcome that’s always important, but the process.
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