If you want to become a more confident person, start doing these 8 things every morning

Confidence isn’t just something you’re born with, it’s a skill you can work on. I’ve found that by making small changes to your morning routine, you can start your day off on the right foot and set yourself up for success.

I’m Lachlan Brown, the founder of Hack Spirit and I’ve spent years exploring mindfulness and Buddhism to find practical ways to improve my life. 

One area I wanted to boost was my self-confidence and I discovered that morning habits play a significant role.

In this piece, I’m going to share some of the things that you can start doing every morning to become a more confident person. 

Trust me, they’re simpler than you might think. Stick around and let’s explore this together.

1) Mindful mornings

You’ve probably heard the saying, “The early bird catches the worm.”

But what if I told you that the early bird also catches a boost in confidence?

Starting your morning off by being mindful can have a profound impact on your self-esteem. It helps you focus, stay present, and sets a positive tone for the day.

Mindfulness is a concept I’ve explored in depth through my journey with Buddhism. It’s all about being fully present and engaged in the moment, without distraction or judgement.

So how do you incorporate mindfulness into your morning routine?

Simple. Start by setting aside five minutes each morning just after you wake up. 

During this time, focus on your breathing, observe your thoughts and feelings without judgement.

This simple practice can help you start your day with a clear mind, ready to face whatever comes your way with confidence.

Remember, confidence isn’t just about outward appearances, it’s also about inner peace and clarity. And mindfulness can help you achieve that. Do this each morning and watch your confidence grow.

2) Words of wisdom

Another morning habit I’ve found to be incredibly powerful in boosting confidence is starting the day with some wise words.

Every morning, after my mindfulness practice, I take a moment to read a quote or passage from a renowned Buddhist or Mindfulness expert. This ritual helps me to centre myself and provides perspective for the day ahead.

One of my favourites is from Thich Nhat Hanh, a world-renowned Buddhist monk and mindfulness expert. He once said, “Waking up this morning, I smile. Twenty-four brand new hours are before me. I vow to live fully in each moment.”

This quote resonates with me as it’s a reminder to appreciate each day and live it to the fullest.

Having a quote or piece of wisdom to guide you throughout your day can provide reassurance and a sense of purpose, boosting your confidence significantly. 

Try it for yourself, you might just be surprised by the impact it has!

3) Embracing imperfection

Let’s get real for a moment. Nobody’s perfect, and the sooner we accept this, the sooner we can let go of unnecessary self-criticism and start building real confidence.

Buddhist wisdom teaches us about the concept of ‘impermanence‘ – the idea that everything, including ourselves, is constantly changing and evolving. This means that our flaws and weaknesses are not static, but rather opportunities for growth.

Every morning, take a moment to remind yourself of this.

Look in the mirror and instead of focusing on your perceived flaws, recognize them as signs of your humanity and potential for growth. This isn’t about ignoring your weaknesses, but rather acknowledging them without judgement.

This raw honesty with oneself can be incredibly liberating. It takes away the fear of failure and instead instils a sense of self-compassion and confidence. You are a work in progress, and that’s perfectly okay.

4) Mindful eating

Starting your day with mindful eating can be a game-changer for your confidence. But let’s be honest, most of us rush through our breakfast, if we have it at all.

Mindful eating is about truly experiencing your food – noticing the flavours, the textures, and how it makes you feel. It’s about being present in the moment rather than wolfing down a meal while scrolling through emails or social media.

By taking the time each morning to mindfully eat your breakfast, you’re not only setting a calm and focused tone for the day, but also practising self-care. 

It’s a signal to yourself that you matter and deserve to be nourished.

This act of self-care can boost your confidence by reinforcing your sense of self-worth. It can also help reduce stress and anxiety, which often hinder confidence. 

So tomorrow morning, try slowing down and truly savouring your breakfast. Your mind (and your confidence) will thank you.

5) Dive into wisdom

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If you’re looking to add something meaningful to your morning routine, why not take a deep dive into wisdom?

Every morning, I spend a few minutes reading a chapter or two from a book that enriches my understanding of mindfulness and Buddhism.

In fact, this was the motivation behind writing my own book, “Hidden Secrets of Buddhism: How To Live With Maximum Impact and Minimum Ego“. I wanted to share my insights on how these ancient teachings can be applied to modern life to cultivate self-confidence, among other things.

By starting your day reading and reflecting on such wisdom, you’re feeding your mind with positive, empowering thoughts. This can help in shaping your mindset for the day, boosting your confidence and equipping you with the tools to handle whatever comes your way.

So if you’re looking for a new addition to your morning routine, I’d recommend taking a look at “Hidden Secrets of Buddhism“. It’s filled with practical advice and insights tailored for the modern world. 

Knowledge is power, and the more we know about ourselves and the world around us, the more confident we become.

6) Silent moments

In a world that’s constantly buzzing with noise and distractions, silence can be a powerful tool. It’s raw, it’s honest, and often, it’s exactly what we need to really connect with ourselves.

Buddhist and mindfulness practices often emphasise the importance of silence. It’s in these quiet moments that we can truly listen – to our thoughts, our feelings, and our intuition.

Every morning, try to carve out a few minutes of silence. No music, no phone, no distractions. Just you and your thoughts.

This might be challenging at first – our minds are used to constant stimulation and might resist the quiet. 

But with time, you’ll start to appreciate these silent moments. They provide clarity, allow for self-reflection, and can really boost your self-confidence.

Confidence comes from knowing yourself well – your strengths, your weaknesses, your passions. And what better way to get to know yourself than by spending some quiet time alone with your thoughts each morning? 

Give it a try. You might just find that silence is golden.

7) Acknowledge the journey

Let’s face it – confidence doesn’t come overnight. It’s a journey, and like any journey, it has its ups and downs. 

But acknowledging this can be a powerful way to keep things in perspective and stay motivated.

Every morning, take a moment to remind yourself that you are on a journey. Reflect on your progress, and give yourself credit for how far you’ve come.

But also remember that the bumps along the way are not setbacks, but rather valuable lessons.

This honest reflection can help you start your day on a positive note and boost your confidence. 

After all, progress is not about perfection, but rather about learning and growing. And every step you take on this journey is a testament to your strength and resilience. Keep going!

8) Letting go of control

This might sound counterintuitive when talking about confidence, but hear me out. One of the key principles of mindfulness is learning to let go of the need to control everything.

Often, our lack of confidence stems from fear – fear of failure, fear of judgement, fear of the unknown. We try to control everything in an attempt to avoid these fears. But the truth is, we can’t control everything.

Every morning, take a few moments to remind yourself to let go. Accept that you can’t control every outcome. Instead, focus on what you can control – your actions, your reactions, your attitude.

This might feel uncomfortable at first. We’re conditioned to believe that control equals security. But in reality, letting go can be incredibly freeing. It helps us accept life as it comes, reducing anxiety and boosting our confidence in our ability to handle any situation.

So tomorrow morning, try it. Let go of control and embrace the uncertainty. You might just find that it boosts your confidence in ways you never expected.

As we’ve explored, building confidence is a journey, not a destination. And it’s often the small, daily habits that make the biggest difference. These morning practices, rooted in mindfulness and Buddhist wisdom, are designed to help you nurture your self-confidence and start your day on a positive note.

If you found these insights helpful and want to learn more about how to apply Buddhist teachings to modern life, I invite you to check out my book, “Hidden Secrets of Buddhism: How To Live With Maximum Impact and Minimum Ego“.

It’s packed with practical advice and strategies for living a more confident, fulfilling life.

Keep practising these morning habits, stay patient with yourself, and watch your confidence soar. Here’s to a more confident you!

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Lachlan Brown

I’m Lachlan Brown, the editor of Ideapod and founder of Hack Spirit. I love writing practical articles that help others live a mindful and better life. I have a graduate degree in Psychology and I’ve spent the last 6 years reading and studying all I can about human psychology and practical ways to hack our mindsets. If you to want to get in touch with me, hit me up on Twitter or Facebook.

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