What is a Confidence Hack?
A confidence hack is a simple, actionable tip that you can use to take your challenge to the next level. I’ll share one every few days so that you have something concrete to try on for size. If it works for you, great. If it doesn’t that’s okay too because you’ll be one step closer to knowing what does work for you by eliminating what doesn’t.
Are you ready for your first confidence hack?
Here it is…
Start a Confidence Journal
There are a couple of reasons why you should think about writing a journal, and how it can help you.
First, journaling increases mindfulness and self-awareness. When you sit down to write about your day and how you feel about it, you are taking time to stop and think about it. Writing it out gives you time to reflect and develop a deeper understanding of the events of the day. Too often we just barrel on through our days without stopping to think much about what has happened. Taking time to record your successes (and failures) gives you that pause.
Journaling also helps you come up with solutions to any challenges you might have faced during the day. When you see what you’ve accomplished, and how you dealt with challenges over the course of the day, you ‘ll see where you acted confidently and courageously. Seeing it on paper can give you a boost in confidence because you know that if you’ve done it once, you can do it again!
As I mentioned in an earlier article on reasons for journaling, using your journal to record your accomplishments can help when you’re feeling down on yourself too. If you’re feeling less than confident, read through your older entries and remind yourself of what you’ve accomplished, and how confident you were at that time.
Building self-confidence is a series of baby steps and small wins, and sometimes we have to remind ourselves of just how many steps we’ve already taken.
Notes on Keeping a Journal
Keeping a journal is an intensely personal thing. How you do it is your choice.
Some people prefer to write in a notebook with a favorite pen. Others are much more comfortable using a computer. Find a medium that’s comfortable for you and that you will do, so you get in the habit of journaling daily. My personal choice is an extra-large moleskin notebook with square-grid paper, and my favorite pen right now is a Pitt artist pen but that can change depending on the day and what I’m writing.
The format is up to you as well. Journal entries don’t have to be long, or take a lot of time to write. You can jot down a few bullets or lines that will serve as a memory aid for what happened that day. Or you can sit down and write long entries if that’s something you enjoy and if it’s something you find helpful. The most important part is that you start and figure out what type of journaling is right for you. Then make it a daily habit so you have it as a resource to build your courage and increase your self-confidence.
Journaling for the Challenge
There will be days when I ask you to record your thoughts and/or action in your journal. This is not mandatory, but is meant to help you see patterns in your own confidence. You are welcome to share your entries in the group if you choose, but you’re just as welcome to not share. There are pros and cons to sharing your journal entries, and just as with medium and format, the choice is entirely up to you.