Day 9: Five Minutes to Confidence

Before we explore 5 minutes to confidence, I’d first like to share something.

Last Friday, I received thank you notes, not just from my team, but, to my pleasant surprise, from outside the organization and outside the Philippines, too, for the 30-Day Confidence Challenge! It warms my heart to know that what I do is able to create an impact on another person’s life. This is and has always been my desire and prayer – to make a difference.

Now, going back to the challenge. How was the experience from yesterday’s tasks? Is that something that you can do on a regular basis? You should!

Day 9 Challenge: Five Minutes to Confidence

A confident person is self-assured. S/he is seldom, almost never, confused (or at least, not apparent) or rattled or rushed in his/her demeanor. In any group, usually the person who is most relaxed (or relaxed looking) is the most confident (or confident looking).

If you want to look confident and be confident, you have to learn to relax. That is, to breathe slowly, to be aware what is happening and to have the self-assurance that you know what you are doing and that you know this is the right thing to do.

So, what will you do today?

Set aside 5 minutes today, preferably at the start of your day but mid-day or before going bed is also good.

This is your “me time” which is time devoted with yourself and for yourself. No digital or other distractions. Find your best time and best place to do this. For some people, this is upon awaking in the morning, right after the morning prayer and while still in bed. And for others, this is before starting the morning ritual in the bathroom. Name your schedule. But what’s important is for you to find it. Find your 5-minutes to confidence.

What to do during these 5 minutes?

Focus your attention on yourself.

You can use this time to meditate or to reassess your internal compass. Feel free to use this time to evaluate yesterday’s events and plan for activities for the day. Also, use this time to breathe. You will be amazed at how stopping for 5 minutes and observing your breathing pattern can help! Here’s a helpful article with proper breathing techniques tips. Inspired by Eckhart Tolle’s The Power of Now, feel free also to use this time to NOT think. Yes, that’s not a typo error. Try it. Just observe the wind, the feel of what you’re sitting on, the vivid colors of nature or things around you.

There’s ample freedom in what you can and will do for the 5-minute timeframe today, except make sure this is for you and away from any gadget or your laptop. Good luck!

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