Instant Confidence Boosters

If you are in search of a quick boost your confidence level (and a lot of people are these days), here are three quick ways to get that lift:

1. Exercise. I know, for most this is not the most exciting of prospects. But it's a proven scientific fact: if you get your heart rate elevated, for at least 20 minutes of good aerobic exercise, you'll feel better. More relaxed, happier, and more optimistic.

2. Do something from your “dread list” first thing in the morning.
My mother talks about having this thing she calls a “dread list”-stuff she dreads doing. Nothing boosts your confidence like getting one of the items off that list at the start of the day.

3. Make a list of people you need to call, and call them. This is another piece of advice that is deceptively simple. Do it anyway. You might be surprised at what new business it will lead to, what old problems it will solve, and new opportunities it will open up. And yes, you'll feel better.

Ray Edwards is a world-renowned copywriter and communications strategist, writing for some of the most powerful voices in leadership and business including New York Times bestselling authors Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen (Chicken Soup for the Soul) and Tony Robbins. Ray is a sought-after speaker and author, hosts a popular weekly podcast, and blogs at

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  • I have printed this short list in big bold print to post everywhere to be seen to remind me to keep me on track!
    Sunita Pandit

  • I really like the “dread list!” I find that the silly little things have at time been the piece that stops up my whole day. I am adding a dread list category to my to do list right now.

  • This is great stuff. Tips #2 and 3 are related how courageous action really builds self esteem.

    A friend of mine had an exercise where you make three columns on a sheet of paper. In the first column, you write what you want to do but are afraid of doing. In the second column, you write what your mind tells you will happen if you do it. Then you go do the action and in the third column, you write down what actually happened when you do it. You don’t do this all at once of course, but through time. As the list gets longer, your inner negative critic gradually loses more and more credibility and taking action becomes so much easier.