As a frequent flyer, I spend a lot of time in airports.
One of my favorite ways of passing the down time is observing other travelers. It gives me the opportunity to see cultural nuances, witness how they handle stress and gain perspective on the complex dynamics of human relationships.
As I continue to seek authenticity in my life and in my relationships, I am routinely struck by the distinctive characteristics displayed by authentic people.
These people are different and stand out from the crowd. For instance, I notice their subtle self-confidence and gentle nature amidst the backdrop of airport chaos.
On the surface, this authenticity may seem to come naturally. While this may be the reality for some, I know that for myself I need to cultivate such confidence and awareness everyday.
Here are 10 daily habits I practice to help me lead a more confident and rewarding life:
1. Practice being thankful
Choose to be grateful for the wonderful gifts in your life — no matter how small or seemingly insignificant. You will be amazed at how much good abounds in your life.
2. Take care of your body
Invest in your physical self and the mental self can follow. Take a contrast shower, go for a run, practice yoga; and start it off with a healthy breakfast!
3. Plan your day
Structure gives us security and a purpose. Create a game plan for your day, and stick to it.
The feeling of accomplishment helps create a healthy sense of self.
4. Be efficient with your time
Your time is limited — and therefore valuable.
Maximize your time spent feeding yourself spiritually, physically and emotionally.
5. Eliminate procrastination
Be true to your word — authenticity is achieved by doing what you say you are going to do. The sooner you finish the task at hand, the sooner you can relax.
The world is constantly moving and it’s easy to get lost in the shuffle. Remove yourself from the hustle, let your mind wander and listen for your inner voice. Tuning in to your true voice will lead to a more confident journey.
7. Stop and smell the roses
In our busy lives, we often hurry from place to place without acknowledging the path itself. Take a moment to pause and enjoy the journey itself.
You’ll be surprised at what you’ve been missing until now.
8. Be creative
Coax your creative juices by journaling, painting, or learning an instrument. Getting in touch with your creative side exposes more aspects of your self to the world.
9. Stay connected
Positive loving relationships help nurture and support us. As social animals, our loved ones can help us find food for the soul and lick our wounds. When we falter, the solid support of the company we keep helps to stabilize us.
10. Embrace a bedtime ritual.
Proper rest is just as important as proper nutrition. Learn to decompress from the day before bed to ensure a good night’s sleep.
Be thankful for your mind and body, and learn to drift off with a heart full of gratitude.
Crafting and cultivating an authentic self is a daily process.
Practicing these steps will let the real you shine through and set you apart from the everyday crowds. As you build yourself up along your journey, I hope to maybe even be able to spot you during my airport travels.