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3 Little-Known Benefits of Gratitude That Naturally Boost Confidence

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That’s where it’s at, right? That effortless ease some others have. You know, they seem to glide through their day, deftly juggling all kinds of awkward  situations. Getting on. Getting ahead. Looking good. Doing great. But how do they do it? Because it can feel nigh on impossible sometimes to have that ease, that self-possession and  self-confidence. The kind that turns heads. How do they do that? It’s simple really. And it’s nothing to do with genes, natural intelligence or ability. They simply feel good… about themselves. Hold up. That’s sounds obvious, asinine even. I thought so too. Until I found my ease, my own self-possession and confidence. But I don’t know if you’re ready for the  answer. It sounds too left of center. Too simple. And too ethereal to have any real impact. Yeah, that’s what I used to think too. But then I discovered that gratitude is life-changing. And no more so than in the area of personal confidence. Here are three ways gratitude naturally boosts your confidence;

1.Higher Self-Esteem

Have you noticed that how you feel about yourself affects everything you do? It makes your day go great, or not so great, depending on how highly you rate your self-worth. Tricky situations are many times more difficult to deal with if your inner voice is whispering negative or critical comments to you. Heck, even your routine day is harder to manage with a fault-finding, gremlin constantly carping on. Nothing you do seems good enough and everyone else seems to be doing way better… at everything. But what has gratitude got to do with self-esteem? Surely it’s about appreciating others, good fortune that comes our way and the other positive aspects of our lives? Yes. But that’s far from all of it. Practicing gratitude also includes appreciating all of your qualities, attributes and abilities. It includes recognizing all that’s great and good in you. And valuing the incredible contributions you make each and every day. What a fabulous way to build and maintain healthy self-esteem! And there’s more… Gratitude is shown to boost self-esteem by decreasing envy. Rather than begrudging where others have more – money, success, friends for instance – being thankful for what you have allows you to simply be happy for them. Let gratitude naturally boost your confidence by helping you cultivate strong self-esteem

2. Better Relationships

Do you find yourself drawn to negative people who don’t appreciate kindness or good fortune? No? Neither do other positive, thankful people. They’re drawn to like-minded souls, like you. Gratitude makes you more positive, more upbeat, And that means positive, upbeat people  feel better around you. You light up their day. Your recognition of all the good things the day brings, gives them a boost as well. And grateful people are much more likely to find aspects of other people’s character or personality they like and appreciate. Which means relationships of all kinds flourish the better. And none more so than in those very important, close personal relationships. Grateful people say ‘thank you’ more often and are also much less negative and critical of their partners, especially face to face. This has been shown to extend the satisfaction and length of the relationship on both sides. Let gratitude strengthen your relationships at all levels. Strong, secure relationships breed strong, secure self-confidence.

3. A Greater Sense of Belonging

Did you know that practicing gratitude can make you feel a valuable part of where you live? Appreciating all the great things about where your home is located goes way beyond just making you feel safe and secure. Those who practice gratitude feel close to their community and give 20% more of their time and money. They have a strong a connection with those around them and experience less loneliness or feelings of isolation. And loneliness and isolation breed self-doubt and low self-esteem. Let gratitude give you a sense of community, a sense of confidence built on a sense of belonging. Boost your confidence naturally with gratitude. Life is so much easier when you feel at ease with yourself. Self-assurance gets your back in every situation. It lets you walk tall, with poise and grace. And confidence, that’s the ultimate air ride in life. It lets you glide where you previously stumbled. Who would ever have thought gratitude has such an enormous and far-reaching part to play in attaining those magical qualities. The ones that seemed so impossible to grasp. Ready to get on? Get ahead? With Gratitude you’ll be looking good. Doing great. And you’ll be the one turning heads.


Laura Tong is a regular contributor on The Huff  Post and other top blogs. Laura’s latest book, The Life-Changing Power of Gratitude is available on Amazon here. Laura is Editor at Write To Done, one of the top writing blogs on the net and assistant Editor at Goodlife ZEN, one of the most respected self-improvement blogs. Grab her free cheat sheet: 5 Guilt Free Ways To Say No Without Offending Anyone (Even If You Hate Conflict)

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The fear of failure is something that all of us encounter at some point in our lives. Unfortunately, that is just the way we are programmed as humans.

On the other hand there are many different ways that you can help eliminate the fear of failure today, tomorrow and beyond.

It starts with one thing. You!

That might seem like an easy thing to do, but it isn’t. What I’ve done is broken down 4 of the Most important things you can do Today, that will help you eliminate the fear of failure.

Clear Mindset toward Your Goals

Here is something that we might not think of as extremely important, but it is.

Think of it this way, the Fear of Failure is all psychology, we start thinking about the things that we want to achieve, then our minds start fighting back. That is just the way things work, and again how we are wired.

When you go into things thinking about one thing and one thing only, your Goals, then you are already taking a very crucial step into not being afraid to fail. Your goals must be very specific and most importantly attainable.

When you put these things together you are setting yourself up for success. Mindset is always the first step to anything big, especially when it comes to better yourself overall.

Having the Right Idea of Failure

Here is a tricky one.

You might be thinking,

Why would knowing what failure is help me not fear it?

Well,

Knowing what failure is to your helps create a better understanding to what you are dealing with. Failure is different to every individual person.

For example, my biggest idea of failure is letting people down. Whereas you might be afraid not to land a job, or finish school or get that big promotion. Failure is a HUGE thing in our lives, and we are burdened each and every day with it.

Knowing what failure is to you, will help you have the right approach when combating it.

Accepting that Failure is a part of the “Process”

Now if you are anything like me, you are always working ten steps ahead of everyone else. Which that is great and all, but you will encounter failure in one form or another.

The kicker here is that you don’t have to sit there and expect failure, but you have to simply understand it is a part of the process of life. Whether you are looking to start your own business, do better as a parent, find your own motivation  or whatever the case may be, you have to accept failure.

It is natural to fear something that is inevitable, which is one of the biggest reasons why we always are discouraged when failure does hit. However, if we are heading into Life’s ventures knowing that at some point we are going to face failure, then when that time comes its easier.

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Here is the most important of these 4 ways to Eliminate the Fear of Failure, having the right Support System.

Now,

This doesn’t always have to mean having 1 person to lean on when things get rough. First and foremost you have to be able to support yourself through everything that happens in life and success. Failure is again going to happen.

You might have that one person who is there and always has believed in you no matter what, or you may have yourself.

Whatever the case may be, you must be able to count on that one person to be there when failure hits. Knowing that someone has your back, will ease your mind and oftentimes you won’t even think about the failures anymore.

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Support is the biggest deterrent in any sort of fear based system. Once again, this is all about psychology, and if our minds aren’t thinking about failure, or don’t have to worry if failure happens, then we live our lives in a much better light.


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Want seven easy fixes to become a positive person? Few people are willing to go on a spiritual journey to become a positive person because at times it seems like a tremendous amount of work. Inspired by Jim Carrey who spent years on his spiritual journey, why not learn what he has to teach and save yourself years of searching? Here are the seven ways to be a positive person. (You need all seven to be a truly positive person, but point 1 and point 7 are the most important.)

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Ingratitude is actually the source of most misery in the world. People would not steal if they were grateful what what they had earned, and people would not cheat on their spouses if they were grateful for their love. It is very difficult to remain positive if you are miserable, and misery is caused by ingratitude.

2 – Don’t Make A Point Of Being Positive, But Make A Point Of Pulling Yourself Out Of Being Negative

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4 – Believe But Verify Rather Than Being A Tireless Skeptic

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5 – Pray To A Creator

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6 – A Slap On The Wrist Whenever You Do Not Look On The Bright Side

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Whenever you notice yourself taking a negative path, slap yourself on the wrist because it will create a series of habitual memories in your mind that force your brain to take notice whenever you are negative. It makes it more difficult for you to be negative by accident or by default. This is not a punishment, it is a way of helping your mind recognize when you are being negative by default.

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