Most stories, they follow the same structure. Youtube videos are abound with examples of how certain movies are basically the same: .
In most stories there is a point called the ‘Critical choice’. This is where the protagonist has to decide whether to continue down a certain path or make a decision that could potentially change their life forever.
In the film ‘The Equilizer’, Denzel Washington’s character had to decide whether to stay ‘the grey man’, an ordinary guy on the street, or exact revenge on the Russian Mobsters who put his friend in hospital. This would mean returning to a world he thought he left behind.[hrm_optin_2_step href=”https://aaronmorton.leadpages.co/leadbox/1449cf373f72a2%3A172dfbee7346dc/5680163505307648/” type=”solidbanner”]Download The Checklist On How To Gain Confidence[/hrm_optin_2_step]
In real life. We face the same critical choice points; Do I leave my job now and pursue my dream of owning my own business? Do I lose weight or potentially encounter another humiliating moment?
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With confidence, I have found there is an element of familiarity and comfort that comes with having perceived low confidence. You may be unhappy, you may say ‘If I had more confidence I’d [Insert desirable outcome here’]. Yet there is a comfort that comes with experiencing ‘normal’.
When you decide upon another path, it is unfamiliar, it is uncomfortable at first AND it could be the very route you need to take to experience what you want.
When you hit that threshold that prompts change, there are certain conditions that, by being in place, make the process of change easier than just jumping in blind, hitting every roadblock in the way.
The following is a checklist of question you can regularly ask yourself on your pursuit to consistently gain confidence.
Before you start, it is important to recognise the triggers all around you that prompt the feelings of low confidence within you.
In his book ‘Scar Tissue’, Anthony Kiedis relates a story of how he had been off drugs for a couple of years when he went for a regular dental check up. The dentist gave him novocaine.
As soon as he got out the dental chair, he went and scored drugs prompting a weekend drug binge. This is the power of triggers!
The purpose of the checklist is to create a new line of attention. You see, your brain loves habitual behaviour, it means as little energy is being used as possible.
When you are creating a new normal (low confidence to high self-confidence) it requires a new way of looking at the world.
This means putting conditions in place to ensure you don’t slipped back into the old familiar way of behaving.
It is important to realise what you want to increase confidence for. What you will notice differently about your everyday life that informs you that something has changed.
There are many triggers that can prompt the internal feelings of low confidence. These triggers can come from the environment around you. By noticing these triggers you are able to make the subtle changes to your environment that can make dramatic difference. An example of this has been the introduction of apps like ‘Rescue Time’ that eliminate distractions online to prevent procrastination.
Whilst part of confidence is attitude (covered extensively in Confidence Reloaded), the brain needs memory markers to validate it. For example, Elon Musk can talk confidently about business and be a confident individual not just because he thinks it, but because he has amassed a whole collection of memory markers (experience) to validate that thinking.
Increasing confidence is a process and there are ups and downs along the way that can make you lose sight of why you are doing what you are doing. Having an external representation can help remind you what all this is for. A ‘vision board’ does this to a certain extent but a simple statement written on a piece of paper in a place you see regularly will be sufficient.
It always amazes me how many mini successes people omit from their lives because they are so fixated on what they lack. It goes back to the trap of “I’ll be happy when I earn 6 figures”. How many successes do you think you’d have along the way, but gets cast aside because you are not where you want to be yet? It is the same with confidence and what you want confidence for. Recognise overtly those mini-wins on a weekly basis and you will find yourself experiencing more energy, more opportunities and more importantly less destructive on yourself.
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