Accountability Challenge Week 46: Play the Confidence Game
Why do some people seem to reach their goals easily, while others struggle?
Often the answer boils down to one thing; confidence, or lack thereof.
We are confident and self-assured life seems easier, the action steps needed to achieve our goals, seem effortless. We have the ability to take more risks and accept the goals that come with successful goal setting. We are in what athletes like to refer to as “the zone”.
However, when we suffer from lack of confidence everything seems more difficult. We are often unable to motivate ourselves to do what we know how to do and even want to do.
We sabotage even the best intentioned plans to achieve our dreams, and we stop ourselves from moving beyond our current level of success, be it physical, financial, or personal.
The good news is that we all possess the potential to improve our current level of confidence. We possess the ability to improve not just our physical strength and endurance, but more importantly, our emotional strength.
The more confidence we have the better our results are. The less confidence we have, the more we struggle, it’s that simple.
So how do we improve our confidence, (our emotional strength) so we can improve our performance and our results?
One of the best ways to improve our confidence and our results in any area of our lives, to do what we used to do when we were kids: Play a Fun Game:
When we are young all we want to do is play. The favourite question that I get most often from my 9, and 12 year old sons Noah & Jacob is “can you play with me daddy”? or “can we play a game?”
Playing games is fun-life is not supposed to be all serious and stressful-we just tend to make it so.
All you need to play the confidence game is a pen and paper, real or virtual, and a desire to play the game.
So what are the rules?
Take 10 minutes out of your day to relax. You can do deep breathing exercises, meditation, or just get out of your office and go for a walk around the block. When we are relaxed we are naturally more confident. When we are anxious, and stressed out our confidence wanes.
- Do Aerobic and anaerobic exercises at least 3 times a week, more often if you really want more confidence.
- Create a daily Performance Journal. Write between a half and a full page about how your feeling, your successes, your challenges, and what you learned from the exercise of writing.
- Commit to playing this game every day.
- Give yourself a reward, or a treat when you play the game. No treat if you don’t play the game.
The more fun you have playing the game, the better you will feel, and the more confidence you will have.
The more confidence you have, the more action you will take, the more action you take, the better the results you will have.
Thought for the week: Confidence is the key to success. Coach Mark
Mark Hudon, CFP™, CCS™
Financial Fitness Coach, Certified Cash Flow Specialist™
Creator of The Core Conditioning Program™