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A practical way to build self confidence

Confidence: it seems like something you’re either born with or you’re not. But we all struggle with self confidence at times, right?

I heard something on a podcast recently that struck a chord with me.

Confidence is built by keeping the promises you have made to yourself. 

It reminded me of our Move More March Challenge – you need self belief to accomplish your goal. You believe you will follow through and you trust that you won’t let yourself down.

First, think about a small promise. How many times have all of us thought before bed “I’m going to get up 30 minutes earlier than normal and really start the day off right. I’m gonna stretch and make a nice breakfast. It’s gonna be great! ”

Then the alarm goes off and we contemplate briefly what we’re going to do. Are we going to keep that promise that we made to ourself, or are we going to skip it? For most of us, some days we will and some days we won’t, which is fine.

But what if you kept that promise every day for a week, or a month? How much trust would you gain in yourself that you’re going to do the things you set out to do, the things that you know will make you happier and healthier?

A lot of us are really good with keeping the promises that we’ve made to other people, but not to ourselves. Like what if you needed to wake up early to drive a friend to an appointment? You’d totally be there. But it’s harder to show up for ourselves in the same way. 

This really affects us when it comes to a BIG promise.

When I took my most recent “regular” job in 2016, I made a BIG promise to myself that it would be the LAST time I took a job that I wasn’t 100% excited about. It took more than two years until I could keep that promise and open Maiden Motion. Even though I had other opportunities, I couldn’t let myself down with another mediocre job. 

Is there a big promise that you’ve made to yourself, but you’re not feeling confident that you’ll make it there? 

Start with some small promises. Keep those every day and see how your self confidence grows. 

#MoveMoreMarch: You’ve set a goal, and it’s going to feel so good to achieve it. 

Keep the promise. Take the classes. 

I’ll be cheering you along!

– Anna

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