1. Spirit: Definition – Vivacity or enthusiasm. Do you have real enthusiasm in your interaction with others? Spirit is built by caring and learning from your environment and not being engrossed only with yourself or your own opinions.
Tips for building your spirit:
– Stay hopeful.
– Take risks.
– Volunteer two hours a week.
– Celebrate with your family.
– Enjoy the outdoors.
– Share a positive thought.
– List reasons for gratitude.
The enthusiastic, to those who are not, are always something of a trial. – Alban Goodier
2. Self-confidence: When you feel that you can handle life’s challenges, you create the capability to move forward in a positive manner. This is self-esteem. The external application of self-esteem spills over into self-confidence.
Tips for building self-confidence:
– Maintain a strong belief in your own competencies to stop the thoughts of vulnerability.
– Review your talents and build from them. Check your weaknesses and if they are the problem, learn to change them. It’s your personal responsibility.
– Cancel your membership in the whine and cheese club. “Oh, cheese, this is so hard — being at war with the economy in the tank and our troops overseas.” (You can hear the tone can’t you?)
– Keep your focus on being problem-oriented rather than danger-oriented. Understand that there is a problem to be solved not a threat to your life or well-being. This helps solutions appear quickly.
– Rise above it. Pretend you are in a hot air balloon and lift your thoughts over the issue to get a new view.
– Picture what you want vs. what you don’t want. Be careful of becoming a self-fulfilling prophecy by being sucked into a negative downward spiral.