Being confident in life is a three-part procedure that starts before you get out of bed in the morning. First, you put on your big girl panties and decide you are a confident person. Second, you put on your fake it until you make it (with work) dress by behaving as if you are confident. Third, put on your accessories, which are the clichés that will get you pumped up and keep you going when things get hard or go wrong. Think of these three steps like a recipe. When you put all the ingredients together you will have exactly the confidence you need.
Putting on your big girl panties means that you face the world ready to do all that needs to be done. When you wear your big girl panties you are saying that you are showing up like a grown up in order to do the hard tasks. When you wear your big girl panties, you say to the world that scared or not, nervous or not you are stepping up to the plate and you are ready to hit a home run. When you put on your big girl panties you are claiming the confidence you want to have even if you do not actually have it yet. Creating confidence begins and ends in your mind so, you can get the confidence you need to do whatever you want, whenever you want.
You hold the keys to confidence in your hand and no one can take them away. Keep in mind, that if you lose your confidence, just like you can pick up keys you have dropped, you can pick up your confidence. We will discuss that more in detail later.When you wake up each morning tell yourself that you are confident. Claim it as a fact:
“I am Janeane Davis and I am confident.”
During the day, if you lose your confidence, simply tell yourself once again that you are confident. Say it to yourself over and over again until you believe it and live it. Say the words out loud. No matter where you are when the confidence disappears say the words aloud to yourself. If you are in a crowd of people, it doesn’t matter. Turn to the side and say the words. Words have power. Words make things happen. So, say the words aloud as often as needed until you feel the confidence.
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This article is about getting dressed with confidence feeling confident before you get out of bed each morning. This article is the first in a new series on creating confidence. I started my blog, Janeane’s World in part because I was trying to find a way to put myself in the right mental frame of mind at the start of each day. I had a husband, four children and a dog. My days were busy and stressful so I started a new blog full of motivational paragraphs. I wrote positive things each day in order to talk myself into having a good day. Each day I would post a happy status on social networking sites to guide my behavior for the day. I named the days as follows: Serene Sunday, Magnificent Monday, Terrific Tuesday, Wonderful Wednesday, Thrilling Thursday, Fantastic Friday and Sensational Saturday . Over the course of time, those motivational sentences became paragraphs, blog posts and articles. Now those articles have turned into books, webinars and e-courses.
As the articles in this series will indicate, confidence is not some mysterious thing that only the successful people have. Confidence is something every person can have if she so chooses. One of the first things you must do if you want to have an attitude of confidence is to look at each day as a new opportunity to shine and accomplish great and wonderful things. In order to do that, I have renamed all the days. Instead of merely calling each day by its name, I attach an adjective to each day. The adjectives give a sense of expectation to each day. The adjectives encourage you to behave in a way that will make the adjectives come true. Here is what I call each day:
Think about it for a moment. If you think of Monday as Magnificent Monday, you expect something really great to happen. Simply adding that adjective will cause you to look for, expect and attempt to do magnificent things. Last week Monday was the day that forced you back to work after the weekend ended. This week you have Magnificent Monday and you are going to look for magnificent things to celebrate. You will be reminded that magnificent things come in packages of all sizes. The magnificent thing may be a new promotion at work. Or the magnificent thing may be that you got to work on time and had a great cup of coffee to start the day.
If you want to start being confident and successful in all you do, start looking at each day as an opportunity for good things to happen and for you to create good things. When you wake up on Magnificent Monday- look for magnificent things to celebrate, create or enjoy. When Terrific Tuesday comes, seek out the terrific things in your world. Create terrific things and celebrate the terrific things you see. Wonderful Wednesdays are a chance for you to enjoy the many wonderful things that the world has to offer. Thrilling Thursdays are a day for excitement and joy a chance to be thrilled by all that life has to offer. Fantastic Fridays can be more than just payday. They can be a day to enjoy fantastic things the world has to offer. When Sensational Saturday arrives, do more than just celebrate the first day of the weekend. Do things big and look for a sensational element to the day and to what you have to offer the world. When Serene Sundays arrive, take time to reflect on the great things the week has offered you. Take time to get your mind right and mentally prepare for good things in the week to come.
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