Significantly increasing your confidence and self-esteem ..
.. in just a few days - with this one quick practice.
While I was still working in research labs, one of my tasks was to study neurons (nerve cells). I have always been fascinated with science and the intricacies of how things work. The microcosm within our brains and the potential we could reach if we used it more consciously never cease to amaze me.
This is a very quick practice to increase your confidence and self-esteem in literally just a few days. I sometimes recommend it to new clients when they are struggling with self-worth or low productivity issues, and it always helps them to gain a lot more confidence before the week is over.
Every day for 7 to 10 days, write down everything you did that day that contributed to someone else's life. How did you contribute, where did you make a difference? Don't discount the little things. Holding the door open or compassionately smiling at a stressed-out Mom whose kids are acting up at the grocery store possibly made a huge difference for same Mom. At the end of the day you will probably be able to come up with at least 5 (or even 25) things. Even if you didn't leave your house all day you might have still interacted positively with the mailman, your neighbor or a customer service representative.
This exercise is so powerful that it has the ability to improve the functioning of your frontal lobe which is the decision making area in your brain. When people do this exercise for just one week, their self-esteem and satisfaction in life continue to grow for the next 3 months and remain consistent for 6 months!
You can also modify this exercise. Instead of journaling out your contributions to others, write out your daily successes. Write down three things you did well each day and explain why. This too will significantly increase your self-esteem and confidence in only a few short days.
As always please let me know how this exercise worked for you. I love positive feedback and your e-mails.