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How to go from average to amazing

Dr. Nikki Martinez, Lead Contributor

Many people struggle with low self-esteem or think that being average is the best that they can ever hope of achieving.

They do not see that in each of us is the greatness and that sometimes it only takes some minor changes in our lives to go from average to amazing.

That small changes can take us from feeling like we are average, or less, to feeling like we can take on the world.

Here are some small changes that you can make in your life that can have a drastic impact on the person you view yourself to be.

That you will start to believe that you are as amazing as you truly are.

Here are 10 great suggestions that come from zen habits, and can make all the difference.

How to go from average to amazing

Increase competence

“How do you feel more competent? By becoming more competent.

And how do you do that? By studying and practicing. Just do small bits at a time.

If you want to be a more competent writer, for example, don’t try to tackle the entire profession of writing all at once.

Just begin to write more. Journal, blog, write short stories, do some freelance writing.

The more you write, the better you’ll be. Set aside 30 minutes a day to write (for example), and the practice will increase your competence.”

Set a small goal and achieve it.

People often make the mistake of shooting for the moon, and then when they fail, they get discouraged.

Instead, shoot for something much more achievable.

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Set a goal you know you can achieve, and then achieve it.

You’ll feel good about that. Now set another small goal and achieve that.

The more you achieve small goals, the better you’ll be at them, and the better you’ll feel.

Soon you’ll be setting bigger (but still achievable) goals and achieving those too.”

Change a small habit.

“Not a big one, like quitting smoking.

Just a small one, like writing things down. Or waking up 10 minutes earlier.

Or drinking a glass of water when you wake up.

Something small that you know you can do. Do it for a month.

When you’ve accomplished it, you’ll feel like a million bucks.”

Focus on solutions

“If you are a complainer, or focus on problems, change your focus now.

Focusing on solutions instead of problems is one of the best things you can do for your confidence and your career.

“I’m fat and lazy!” So how can you solve that? “But I can’t motivate myself!”

So how can you solve that? “But I have no energy!” So what’s the solution?”

Be grateful.

“I’m a firm believer in gratitude, as anyone who’s been reading this blog for very long knows well.

But I put it here because while being grateful for what you have in life, for what others have given you, is a very humbling activity … it can also be a very positive and rewarding activity that will improve your self-image.”

Do something you’ve been procrastinating on.

“What’s on your to-do list that’s been sitting there?

Do it first thing in the morning, and get it out of the way. You’ll feel great about yourself.”

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Work on small things.

“Trying to take on a huge project or task can be overwhelming and daunting and intimidating for anyone, even the best of us.

Instead, learn to break off small chunks and work in bursts.

Small little achievements make you feel good, and they add up to big achievements.

Learn to work like this all the time, and soon you’ll be a self-confident maniac.”

Clear your desk.

“This might seem like a small, simple thing (then again, for some of you it might not be so small).

But it has always worked wonders for me.

If my desk starts to get messy, and the world around me is in chaos, clearing off my desk is my way of getting a little piece of my life under control.

It is the calm in the center of the storm around me.”

Get prepared.

“It’s hard to be confident in yourself if you don’t think you’ll do well at something.

Beat that feeling by preparing yourself as much as possible.

Think about taking an exam: if you haven’t studied, you won’t have much confidence in your abilities to do well on the exam.

But if you studied your butt off, you’re prepared, and you’ll be much more confident.

Now think of life as your exam, and prepare yourself.”

Get to know yourself.

“When going into battle, the wisest general learns to know his enemy very, very well.

You can’t defeat the enemy without knowing him.

And when you’re trying to overcome a negative self-image and replace it with self-confidence, your enemy is yourself.

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Get to know yourself well. Start listening to your thoughts.

Start writing a journal about yourself, and about the thoughts you have about yourself, and analyzing why you have such negative thoughts.

And then think about the good things about yourself, the things you can do well, the things you like.

Start thinking about your limitations, and whether they’re real limitations or just ones you’ve allowed to be placed there, artificially.

Dig deep within yourself, and you’ll come out (eventually) with even greater self-confidence.”

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