- Practice Gratitude. At the end of each day, keep a notebook of three things that went well on that day and make a note next to each why you are grateful that it happened.
- Create a Confidence Booster Jar/Box. Purchase a Mason jar or small gift box and label it, “Confidence Booster”. Get a pack of post it’s or cut blank sheets of paper. On each piece of paper write down those times when you overcame an obstacle, bounce back from a setback and accomplished something you were very proud of. For the next 42 days, read one of your notes out loud to yourself.
- Contribute Value to Others. Contact the volunteer coordinator of a community agency that is creating positive change towards a cause that’s important to you. Inform him or her that you need to complete a community project within the next 42 days. Ask how you can serve the clients of the agency with your knowledge and talent while you achieve this goal. Show up and serve.
- Exercise Daily. For the next 42 days, commit to exercising at least 20 minutes a day. If daily exercise is a part of your agenda, check into other forms of exercise and engage one that you’ve been interested in but haven’t made the time to find out more about.
- Reconnect with an Old Friend. Too often, friendships in our childhood and adolescence go by the wayside when we begin to take on adult responsibilities. It’s time you make an effort to reconnect with that friend you’ve often wondered about but made no effort to find out where they are and if you are able to reconnect with them. Clocks ticking. You have 42 days.
- Plan a Potluck Meal with Your Neighbors. How many of your neighbors do you really know? The cordial greetings in the mornings and evenings that takes place between you and your neighbors is nice, however, spending time and getting to know them and building authentic connections creates a stronger sense of community.
- Embrace Diversity. Attend a cultural event sponsored by individuals of a different race than you. Acceptance, compassion and tolerance of others come with the understanding that each of us, regardless of the color of our skin, are members of the human race.
- Schedule Three Date Nights with Your Significant Other. During the holiday season, it is so easy for couples to get caught up in the doing that they forget to just be with one another. Scheduling these date nights during this season will help you to stay connected to what really matters, your relationship.
- Visit a Local Attraction. Why should visitors of your city have all the fun? Look into your local attractions and find one that interest you and your family or friends and schedule a date to visit it.
- Buy Local. When you support local small businesses in your community, you are helping your neighbors and local schools and strengthening your local economy. Visit an area of local businesses that you are not familiar with and discover the unique talent of your area business leaders.
- Write a Letter to the Editor. Stand up for something. Don’t live your life in a vacuum. Write a letter to the editor of a community newspaper sharing your voice on a topic of interest to you.
- Adopt a Beginner's Mindset. Instead of assuming that you know everything there is to know about a dilemma you're facing, consider this perspective: If you didn't have the history that you have in this particular aspect of your life, and you believed that you would succeed, in spite of any obstacles, take the actions you would as a beginner. It's time for you to own your strong. Yes, you are going to experience fear, uncertainty and self-doubt as you place a greater demand on yourself to unleash your greatness. You are going to experience fear, uncertainty and self-doubt, anyway! Build up your confidence by taking small steps out of your comfort zone. Let us agree that you can become comfortable with temporary discomfort. And then let us do whatever it takes to make this year, the best year yet of our lives.
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