What Have You Already Done that Took Courage?

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Realizing how far I’ve come and how much I can actually accomplish when I put my mind to it, is always a HUGE confidence booster for me. I’m sure it’s no different for you. To be honest, there’s a lot each and every one of us has done over the past few days, weeks, and even years that we can be proud of. Small acts of courage or big acts of courage, they all count.

But we often don’t see it for ourselves.

In the previous blog post, I was talking about being courageous becoming a habit, click here if you missed it.

There always seems to be so much left on the to-do list and to be perfectly honest, the stuff we didn’t do, or the things we failed at often stand out much more than our successes. It’s time to change our perspective and focus on the wins and how far we’ve come already. Reminding ourselves of what we have already accomplished helps us to take action the next time we are feeling overwhelmed.

Since you are already a solopreneur, you have already taken a step that most don’t have the courage to take. Make sure this is on your list. In a society that prefers you become an hourly or salaried employee, the courage to start your own business and make it a sucess deserves to be recognized. Being a business owner is not always easy, but for most, it is rewarding in many intangible ways.

I’m guessing, more than one person has told you that you are brave to own your own business- they may have used the word crazy – but they meant brave ;). All too often we don’t see ourselves as others do. Do you have instances that others have been impressed with your bravery? I’m betting you do.

Reflection and Gratitude

The simplest way to make sure you see and notice what you’ve accomplished and how far you’ve come is to get in the habit of spending a few minutes either in the morning or right before bed for reflection and gratitude.

When you wake up in the morning, before you jump out of bed, while you’re drinking that first cup of coffee, or even while you’re taking your shower, think about what you’ve accomplished and what you’re grateful for. I like this morning habit because it sets a positive and confident tone for the whole day ahead.

If that doesn’t work for you, try it at night, before you fall asleep.  Hopefully you will notice the improvement in your sleep as well.

Make it a daily habit and watch your self confidence continue to grow.

Gratitude Journaling And Trackering Habits

If you’re like me and likes to see it in black and white to believe it, then a gratitude journal may suit you best. Spend a few minutes each day writing down your wins. In the past, I kept a blank journal next to my bed and would make sure to write down all that I was grateful for, and it really helped my mind settle down and let go of anything that was swirling around in my head.

If you’re trying to establish better habits, try a habit tracker. You basically set up a grid with the habits you want to establish and little check boxes next to them. Grid paper and excel spreadsheets can work for this. Then, as you complete your habit for the day, you get to check it off. It can be very motivating to see a month’s worth of little checkmarks on your habit tracker.

With the journal, make it a point to go back and review your wins on a regular basis and of course whenever you need a little boost of self-esteem and confidence. Look online for plenty of journaling and habit tracker ideas. Give the ones that look good a try and come up with a system that works for you.

I’m a big believer in useing the bullet journal system, and I have a training product on how to set up a bullet journal and how to use it in your online business. Click Here to get your copy of Bullet Journaling For Online Business Owners.

Your Own Personal Cheerleader

Last but not least, consider getting your own personal cheerleader. No, I’m not suggesting you hire a person with pompoms to follow you around everywhere. Instead, find a good friend or family member who’s encouraging already and ask them to cheer you on.

Give them a call whenever you’re feeling low, or don’t want to do something so they can encourage you and cheer you on to give you that boost of confidence to do what you need to do. Of course they should also help you by pointing out how much you’ve accomplished alread. Be sure to share your list of accomplishments with them, so they can have it at their fingertips, to help spur you on.

 

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