As habit gurus Leo Babauta and Stephen Covey have taught us, it takes 30 days to form a habit. And, we will be much more likely to succeed at behavior change if we make one small change at a time and slowly build on it… With that in mind, I will be rolling out this morning routine over the course of 6 months – one new habit every month. My intention is to keep the momentum well through the end of the year and hopefully beyond!

As you know by now, I think everyone can benefit from improving their self-confidence, no matter their current level. That includes me! Personal development is life-long work, there is no final destination, where you can tick the box, done!

In this spirit, and honoring the #NewYearNewYou, I wanted to share with you 6 great habits that I recommend for you to start every day to strengthen self-confidence. And, as my commitment to you, I am also going to build these habits into my morning every day, so we can do this together! It is going to be the Morning Routine for 2016 – and I intend to keep to it no matter what my work or private life throws my way. I plan to provide support and inspiration as you build habits to continuing growing your own self-confidence!

Self-confidence is fundamental to our success in work, relationships and overall happiness. When we feel confident, we don’t waste time and energy doubting ourselves or others’ intentions. We are more likely to take positive actions in our lives and have more drive and motivation. Join me in the quest to further grow your self-confidence by building this routine into your life.

Note…For those of you who prefer more instant gratification and want to bolster your confidence with exercises at other times of the day, check out my blog post; the Best Exercises to Build Self-Confidence All Day Long.

Confidence-Building #MorningRoutine2016 – January’s Habit

Habit #1: Setting Intentions Wake-up time: Before getting out of bed, before even opening your eyes, practice the art of setting intentions for the day. It helps you build the muscles of self-awareness and gratitude. Intention setting also helps to gain and maintain focus throughout the day. A focused mind is a more confident mind.

How do you set an intention?

Easy. As soon as you stir from sleep, take a few deep breaths and allow yourself to focus on the upcoming day ahead. Think of what is going to happen today, and what kind of mindset or attitude will help you be at your best and most successful with those events. Then, choose one or two words that encapsulate your intention. You may choose to write the intention down or say it out loud.

This morning was the first day I put this habit into practice. My intention for today is “organization and preparation”. I have a move soon and many big projects coming up for work so I want to use today to get myself prepared. I find it so easy to get distracted and waste time on things that are neither urgent or important. My intention for today has already helped me avoid the temptations of Facebook and other time-vampires!

By the way, I am a little concerned about forgetting this step in the morning so I have put a post-it note on my wall where I look first thing in the morning to remind me!

If this sounds like a good idea that you want to implement too, keep in touch! Let us know how it is going! Get support and post your successes, roadblocks and questions on Coaching Without Borders Facebook page and Twitter page using the hashtag #MorningRoutine2016. Stayed tuned to hear what February’s Habit will be…

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