How to Boost Confidence and Reduce Stress with SMART Goals

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Day 8: Transform Stress into Courage and Confidence

Let’s talk about goals and how to boost confidence and reduce stress with SMART goals.

Goals help in many areas of our lives.

  • They help us get more done.
  • They can help us move forward more quickly in life, work, or school.
  • Not only that, they also force us to think about what we want, break it down into actionable items, and set a deadline.

With smart goals like that in place, you’ll be making measurable progress in no time.

That in turn will give you a big boost in confidence and a sense of control in your life.

That confidence is all you need to get the courage to tackle your next set of stressors and life challenges.

Let’s look at this process of how to boost confidence a little closer.

How to Boost Confidence? Start with Specific Goals!

The first step is to determine what you want. What is your specific goal going to be? Notice that I said specific.

Wanting to stop stress-eating,  lose weight, get in shape, or having a lot of money in the bank are a starting thought, but not a real goal.

If you don’t know how much weight you want to lose, you don’t have anything to measure your progress on.

But if you want to lose 10 pounds, a two pound weight loss is a great first to boost confidence

If you don’t know how many pounds you want to lose, you won’t know if those two pounds are where you can stop, or if they are a small drop in the bucket.

If you want to get in shape, you need to know what “in shape” looks and feels like for you.

Does it mean keeping up with your toddler when you’re running around on the playground?

Or does it mean running a marathon next year?

They are two very different goals that both fall under “in shape”.

Yet the preparation and what it will take to reach each goal will be very different.

You can’t begin to measure your success unless you set a real, well-defined goal.

Self Help and Confidence To Reduce Financial Stress

The same holds true for the idea of reducing financial stress and having money in the bank.

That’s all it is, an idea.

It’s not a bad starting point to set a goal, but it’s not an actual goal.

Do you want a couple of hundred dollars in the bank after paying off all your outstanding consumer debt.

Do you want to save up $10,000 for a down payment on a house?

Or… do you want to have six months’ worth of living expenses in savings as a financial safety net?

Those are all very different goals that all fall under the idea of “money in the bank”.

They may even amount to a fairly similar dollar amount, but the motivation behind them and the use for that money is different.

That’s another important part of setting a goal that will help you reduce stress and boost your confidence.

Don’t throw an arbitrary number out there, whether its money in the bank, pounds lost, or how fast you can walk a mile.

Get a goal planner organizer to write down and track your specific goals. Make it mean something.

It’s much easier to stick to the goal of saving $10,000 for a down payment on a house.

You’ll be able to stick to eating beans and rice twice a week and cutting back the cable package if you know it’s for realizing your dream of home ownership.

Not only that, but as you get a step closer to that goal (by depositing an extra $1,000 when you get your tax refund, or a bonus at work), you’ll be proud of what you’re doing.

Each step that gets you closer to your goal has real meaning!

It reduces your personal stress levels and increases your self-confidence.

I want to teach you how to boost confidence with SMART goals!

Tell me in the comment box below:

  1. Where are you now? I.e. share one specific thing that you are struggling with right now.
  2. Where do you want to get to? I.e. share one specific thing that you want to achieve in relation to that specific struggle
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