Self-confidence is simply trust in yourself. If you can trust yourself to take control of your life through habit formation, you can begin to trust yourself more. Hense, more self-confidence.
In this episode
- Why forming habits is the best way to build self-confidence
- Why you should never focus on breaking a habit
- What cornerstone habits are
- What courageous habits are
- How to get started on waking up on time
Book: The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg
Book: Better Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives by Gretchen Rubin
Book: Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength by Roy F. Baumeister
Website/Program: Tiny Habits by BJ Fogg
Podcast: Wake Up Your Why with Geoff Reese
Audio Program: Sharpen the Saw: Habit 7: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey
Other Courageous Habits Series episodes
Previous episodes mentioned
Power of habit calls these Keystone Habits and Better Than Before calls these Pillars of Habits, I call them Cornerstone Habits. These are the habits that seem to affect all other aspects of your life. They are (in my own words)
2. Sleeping well
3. Eating and drinking well
I believe there are more than just these, but these ones are universally recognized as key.
Replace habits, rather than break habits
It’s difficult to break bad habits. This is because when we put our focus on bad habits, they become difficult to tackle. Rather than focus on the bad, focus on the good. What good habit do you want to replace your bad habit with?
Exercise: Habit of waking up on time
If you want to break the habit of hitting snooze, first off stop saying that you are aiming to “break a habit.” Instead, say that you are aiming to “form a habit”. Which habit? Jumping out of bead in the morning when your alarm goes off.
So when the alarm goes off your first thought should be “jump out of bed”. You can also replace it with another action that takes it a step further, “splash your face with water”.
If you would like to try it, commit yourself to action. Choose to do this for one week. Wake up at the same time each day for an entire week. Doing this consistently will build your self-confidence. Guaranteed.
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Samuel Hatton is the full-time marketing guy at Endsight – San Francisco Bay Area’s premium locally sourced computer technology support. He’s a multi-talented creative, natural encourager, and is full of courageous ideas.