People who are confident are more inclined to take risks, and are often better equipped to handle challenges. Confident people are likely to try something new because they have the belief that they can use their current skills and abilities and apply them to new areas, making the most of new situations and experiences.
People with confidence are also likely to be people who plan for the future; who think ahead, make small steps necessary to reaching final goals, and who don’t overlook the details of large or long-term objectives. All these attributes together mean that confident people have cultivated methods of focusing their mental energy toward whatever their goal is. In many cases, when a confident person chooses to make their physical health a priority, there is nothing to stop them from succeeding.
Confidence and health go hand in hand. They perpetuate one another, and one leads to the other. The problem can be where to start. It’s easy to say “If my health was better I’d feel better about myself,” but that is a backwards fallacy. The truth is, if you feel good about yourself and have confidence in your own abilities, you will find it easier to set realistic physical goals, and stick with them. In turn, recognizing your achievements along the way will increase your energy level, and your confidence at being able to meet your next goal.
No matter whether you are looking to exercise more, eat differently, try a new physical activity, or strengthen or stretch your current health targets, confidence and a strong sense of self will help you channel your focused mental energy into your physical health. You can be healthy and develop a healthy lifestyle no matter your age or current physical limitations. One of the first steps to achieving the life changes you want is to believe in yourself. Believe that you are capable of anything and no one can prove you wrong.
Confidence and Mental Health
The truth is that confident people don’t get caught up in some of the mundane details that people with certain insecurities seem to focus on. This is true for a number of reasons, but mostly it is about directing mental energy into positive channels to receive the best outcomes. A foundational belief in yourself can make a world of difference to your perspective.
Although we all have insecurities of some form or another, people with confidence in their ability to handle challenges and maintain certain standards of performance can overcome obstacles and difficulty. When you know that you can do anything you set your mind to, and you continue to push through obstacles with determination, you will discover that your mental and physical well being will contribute to one another and overall you will be happier, healthier, and better off.
When you are confident in your abilities you tend to worry less about things you can’t control. If you know that you can handle anything that comes up, you will be less likely to be nervous or anxious – waiting (as they say) for the bottom to “drop out.” Worry and fear are two very large contributors to stress, which is a leading cause of insomnia, muscle tension, gastrointestinal problems, headaches, poor eating habits, alcohol or tobacco use, prescription drug usage, and a variety of other physical ailments.
When you’re less stressed you sleep better, can focus more on projects that require your full attention, can enjoy activities with friends and family more, and may even be more likely to take on new challenges that can result in increasing your confidence and reinforcing your motivation. Doesn’t everyone want to feel better about themselves while simultaneously helping their body to support them in doing what is good for them?
Confidence and Physical Fitness
Once your mental energies have been dedicated to a physical task and you can see yourself as confident at taking on a new physical challenge, you can use that focus to set yourself a tangible goal. Because confident people are always pushing themselves to achieve new things, challenging yourself to try something new becomes a matter of setting the goal, working toward it, and improving your health along the way.
For example, if someone decides they want to try rock climbing, they need to have the confidence in themselves to reach that goal. They need to know what it will take in order to become a rock climber, but they already know they can do it no matter what it takes. A confident person may choose to take lessons, ask a friend who is already a rock climber, or begin going to their local gym to try out the rock wall. They will find a way to make it happen.
Someone who is shy or uncertain of themselves may not have the perseverance to stick with it and may give up after a few attempts – or even no attempts at all! It takes confidence and dedication to make the activity and exercise changes necessary to try a new sport or hobby (like rock climbing), but along the way you can find you’ve honed your physical body into doing what you need of it.
Confidence can also improve your ability to make wise decisions about your diet and other things you put in your body, such as drugs, alcohol, or tobacco. Everyone knows that in order to lose weight and be in the best physical shape you need to exercise and eat healthy foods – people usually just don’t want to hear it or put in the work that it takes. However, eating a healthy diet is not overwhelming, and if you’re confident in your ability to overcome anything you will be able to make the small changes necessary and reap the benefits right away.
Research has even show that there are foods that can increase your confidence!
Whether you want to worry less and sleep better, be more physically fit, eat a more balanced diet, or try something new and challenging, knowing that you can achieve your goals is the best way to get started improving your health. Investing in yourself is always an investment that pays off. Using your existing confidence to help boost your mental and physical activity will inevitably pay off by helping you be healthier, and therefore, happier.
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