Don't lie. You know that when you really think about the duo of street smart Big Boi and stellar galactic Andre 3000 that is Outkast, you wonder how the hell they became friends.
Bryanda Law November 30, 2016
Labels: Conscious Culture
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Fall is probably the busiest season for creative entrepreneurs everywhere. With the holidays right around the corner, we are all hustling like worker bees to increase our income and provide meaningful content and products for our consumers.
This is honestly the time of year that I struggle the most with staying motivated. With it being so close to the new year, I honestly start to get lazy with my goals for the current year and I usually don’t get this motivation back until the first day of January. Anyone who is an entrepreneur knows how unproductive this outlook can be and your bank account definitely starts to show it! As an introvert who would rather be home than out trying to promote my brand at somebody’s networking event, I’ve been working hard at pushing myself beyond my comfort zone. I’m lucky to have a majority of both extroverted and vivacious friends (because really, imagine a bunch of timid introverts in a car together...it would never happen because we would never leave the house!) , so I have been asking them for advice on how they stay motivated to face the world every day.
From the advice that I have gathered, most people say that your morning ritual is a key part in setting up your confidence for the rest of the day.
This completely makes sense, as I can tell a difference in how I feel on days that I have taken time in the morning versus days that I wake up late and rush out of the door. In a world where your image is your lasting impression, it is so important to have a positive self-image. As important as this is, it is something that I have always struggled with from a young age and even now. A negative self-image has caused me to cower away from opportunities that I didn’t feel like I was deserving of and has caused me to hide away in certain situations.
Recently; however, I’ve decided that enough is enough. Life is not promised and I don’t want to waste any more time not feeling amazing about myself. I’ve been revamping my morning routine and this has definitely been helping me stay confident throughout the day, which in turn has resulted in me being confident in my abilities for my business. If you are struggling with your morning routine, here are some guidelines that I’m following to find my most confident self-image this Fall season.
1.Start the day off with affirmations
Doing affirmations first thing in the morning has completely changed my paradigm. I’m not sure why, but saying encouraging things to myself in the mirror really helps me boost my confidence. Having someone say that they believe in me, even if that person is just me, is so powerful to the way that I feel about myself. For any entrepreneurs out there, here are some affirmations that I say to get myself through the day:
Someone out there is waiting for you to walk in your purpose in life.
Today will be another day closer to you discovering your purpose.
You are more than enough exactly as you are and your desire to advance yourself is healthy.
You are more than capable of accomplishing your purpose in life. I believe in you.
After I say my affirmations, I try to take some time to reflect on all that I have already accomplished (even on days that my bank account disagrees with me).
2. Revamp your routine for body maintenance
Taking a few extra minutes to make sure that your hygiene game is on point is a must. Recently, I’ve done an evaluation of the products that I have been using and made the decision to revamp my cabinets with higher quality, more nourishing products. Instead of using the cheapest soaps, I’ve been investing in artisan soaps and have also been buying a more moisturizing and natural lotion.
Another thing that I have incorporated into my body maintenance routine is the Colgate® Optic White® Toothbrush + Whitening Pen. I have to admit guys...this season has turned me into a super basic girl. I finally tried a pumpkin spice latte to see what all of the hype was about, and I’ve been drinking them non-stop. In all honestly, I “fell in like” with them a few seasons ago, but it’s like they have revamped the recipe or something!
Anyways, with coffee drinking comes teeth yellowing which is a curse for someone who doesn’t like to show their teeth in the first place. I’ve been using the Colgate® Optic White® Toothbrush + Whitening Pen for about a week now and it has definitely been helping me become more confident in my smile. This product whitens teeth 5 shades in three weeks – and I actually got a compliment on my smile the same day that I first used it (though it was a guy, so he could have just been trying to holla).
As a bit of a tech nerd, I was actually excited to receive this product because of the engineering that went into making it. The whitening pen tucks into the bottom of the toothbrush, so it is super easy to keep up with, is very easy to clean up. I also thought that it was cool that I could literally paint the whitening gel on my teeth with the pen and go on with my day since it dries almost immediately with no mess.
3. Incorporate the little things that you’ve been saying you were going to do forever
For me, I have been saying that I was going to start reading for pleasure again; however, I always make the excuse that I don’t have enough time. Recently, I have been forcing myself to make time in the morning and it has helped me feel so accomplished. In the midst of checking my emails or scheduling my articles, I will set my phone timer for 10 minutes and dedicate my time to reading a motivational book. These 10 minutes of doing something that I didn’t think I could fit into my schedule makes me feel like I have my life a little bit more in order. I know that it is small but it shows me that I can accomplish my goals, even if it is just little by little.
Bryanda L November 29, 2016
4. Dress in a way that reflects the person that you aspire to be
I really want to transform into a more bold person, while also keeping my laid-back, bohemian vibe. I know that this is going to sound super lame, but I really do admire people who can just walk out the house and face the world head on, while speaking their way out of any situation. Until I reach that point, I’ve been trying to at least dress the part. I’ve been starting a cool collection of interesting pieces that I can add to my current wardrobe, such as this rich colored scarf, my asymmetrical dress and these cool wooden sunglasses.
Well, these are the ways that I am working on myself this Fall season. How are you staying confident as we work our way into the new year?
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.