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I recently presented a workshop on confidence and motivation for a mentorship program I support, and was asked to provide more concrete examples of how to nurture and maintain confidence and motivation. 

As an entrepreneur, I need to keep up my motivation in the face of a multitude of opportunities and challenges; as a leader, I need to maintain my confidence- trusting that I’m doing my best, while knowing how to ask for help, support my team, and create space for everyone to bring their best self so that we’re all contributing in the most meaningful way possible.  It’s a balancing act that takes patience and humility, plus the dedication to continuously build new skills. 

Here are some of my suggestions:

Prioritize

1.       Read Stephen Covey’s The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

2.       If you’re in a rush, skip to the part about what’s urgent, and what’s important.  Do the exercise to help yourself prioritize

Be Yourself

1.       Figure out your social style and be yourself

2.       Read about the concept of kintsukuroi- learn about accepting change and embracing the beauty of what comes next

3.       Try new things

Stay Motivated

1.       Create a routine

2.       Take time to do the things you love

3.       Type “confidence” or “motivation” into youtube or pinterest or another sharing site, and get inspired, every morning or evening

4.       Subscribe to Notes from the Universe for free daily motivation

Enjoy!


 
 
TedxMontrealWomen took place this weekend,  and I had the good fortune of attending with two brilliant women. We listened and reflected throughout the day on the presentations organized around the theme of daring greatly. It was both a personal and professional challenge to get to know ourselves better and bring more of our best selves into the work we do.

For those of us who work with complex issues and challenges that often seem intractable, the inspiring words from women in science,  technology,  business,  social development and art served as a moving reminder that we need to tap into our passion to be at our most powerful.

Skawennati is an artist and independent curator creating future images of thriving Aboriginal communities using digital media.  She works with youth to express their culture and personal journeys through video games and created an Aboriginally-determined territory in cyberspace called CyberPoWow.  Skawennati and the other speakers have found their purpose and are fully engaged with making the world a better place by giving expression to their powerful dynamism and unique talents.
 
We left the event recharged and ready to create stronger relationships and build an ever more mindful practice.