How many times at work have you heard your Leader/Supervisor say to you, you need to take more Initiative?
What is the Definition of Initiative? Well in the workplace it means to take Action and start doing a task/job just because it needs to be done, without having to be told By your Supervisor.
Here are a couple of examples using Initiative in the workplace.
Perhaps you found a faster more efficient way to increase production which will improve the business.
Or maybe you have an Idea of a new product line that the Company could Capitalize on or offer as a service.
But I am not here to talk about your job. I am here to talk to you about your Life.
This Website is about Motivation and Inspiration
So, Therefore, I don't want to talk about Initiative in the workforce. I want to talk about using your Initiative in Life. First off what is another word for Initiative? There are several. Action, Drive, Ambition, and Hustle to name a few.
"There are three types of people in this world: those who make things happen, those who watch things happen, and those who wonder what happened." By Mary Kay Ash
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Which one are you?
You may ask yourself why am I talking to you about Initiative and why is it so important. The answer to that is. If you are looking for any amount of success, you have to be one of those people who make things happen.
You cannot just sit around (Those who watch things happen) and Hope, Pray and wait for success, to occur; or wait for someone to tell you what to do and how to do it. It doesn't work that way! You have got to take the Initiative to do things for yourself.
How often do we sit around doing absolutely nothing but complain about life wishing things were different? Nothing in life will ever change without you taking the Initiative.
Don't be one of those people who wonder what happened!
You have to draw the line in the sand somewhere and say, Enough! I am tired of this Mediocre Life! I want Something More, Something Better!
Taking Initiative is a call to Action
Taking Initiative is a call to Action; it is being Self-Motivated and taking that first step in changing your life for the better.
How would your life change if instead of sitting around, wishing things would be different you decided to take the Initiative and the Action to create a business of some kind and make things different instead of just wishing? Think about it.
You are probably saying to yourself. This man is an idiot. What kind of business can I create? The answer is unless you are willing to take the Initiative and Take Action Absolutely None!
"Success comes from taking the initiative and following up persisting eloquently expressing the depth of your love. What simple action could you take today to produce a new momentum toward success in your life?" By Tony Robbins
Examples taking Initiative
I will give you a couple of examples in my personal life where I took Initiative. I am Passionate about a lot of things, but I have three major ones.
I am Passionate about Natural Alternatives to Health Care.
I have studied and have become proficient in a Technique called EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique), and I have spent hundreds of hours researching Natural ways of treating most all of the primary Health Problems. I then started a side business in my hometown (A New Beginning) where I make a little extra income while still working a full-time job.
I am a Life Coach, and Passionate about Motivational, Inspirational, and Self-Help books. I have read Hundreds of these types of books, and this is my Purpose for Creating this Website. It is my wish to share with all of you the Knowledge I have learned over the years; to help you to Transform your lives so you may live out your Passions and Dreams.
This one I will tell you about later once we have gotten to know each other better.
"Hold up a mirror and ask yourself what you are capable of doing, and what you really care about. Then take the initiative – don't wait for someone else to ask you to act." By Sylvia Earle
Don't you Ever Get Tired of Working for Someone Else?
Does your job ever make you feel like pulling your hair out? I know mine does, but I am taking the Initiative to try and build a successful business for myself so that I don't have to answer to anyone but me. Whether I succeed or fail is up to me and how much effort and time I am willing to put into it. I Accept and take full Responsibility for my Actions.
What are some things you are Passionate about that maybe you could Transform into a Business of some Kind? Just Think About It For A While! Then Take The Initiative To Make It Come True!
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How to gain more confidence in yourself. I would say the best way is to stop depending on other people to solve your problems whatever they may be. It is ok to ask for advice about something you know nothing about, but the bottom line is you need to learn for yourself what it takes to fix whatever problem you are dealing with at the moment.
Example:Let's say that you have a plumbing problem, and know nothing about plumbing. There are a lot of DIY books you could read up on and learn to fix the leak yourself instead of paying a plumber to do it for you or with today's internet you could find a YouTube Video on the subject of repairing leaky pipes.
Are you going to do a professional job? Maybe not! But the important thing you will have learned a new skill. If you ever have to fix a leaky pipe again, you will do a better job the next time around because of the Knowledge you have gained yourself. Therefore, you gain more self-confidence. But you will never know if you can fix the problem or not unless you try.
Step outside of your comfort zone just once and give it a try. What is the worst thing that can happen? You Failed! Is it a life or death situation that you failed? Is the world going to come to an end because of it? I think not! I have failed a bunch in my life, but the only difference is I don't look at it as failures because of what I learned along the way I can do better and so can you. I just have to continue learning and so do you. Knowledge is Power!
The above example works for nearly everything in life. Just like it says on a shampoo bottle just wash, rinse, and repeat. The more you do this, the more self-confidence you gain.
Self Confidence Meaning
What does it mean to be self-confident? It means you trust your abilities to be able to conquer any problems that arise in life. It means you will find the way to overcome any obstacles or challenges if you, believe you can.
Having Self-Confidence is not the same thing as being Arrogant, though; some people mistake the two I don't know why. Self-Confidence is an inward positive emotion or feeling that you don't have to brag about you just know you can handle whatever comes your way. Arrogance is more of an outward negative emotion that you have to brag about everything you do to make yourself seem superior to someone else.
“Because one believes in oneself, one doesn't try to convince others. Because one is content with oneself, one doesn't need others' approval. Because one accepts oneself, the whole world accepts him or her.”
By Lao Tzu
How to find Self-Confidence. As I explained in the example above the more you, learn to depend on yourself for the answers to your problems the more Self-Confidence you gain.
The very first thing I always ask myself every time I tackle a new issue. What is the worst that can happen? The truth is I might make a mistake. Big deal! I learn what I can from it, and then I move on. If the same issue arises again, I will be able to do it better next time. So we make mistakes! That's a part of Life; Learning from our mistakes.
“Believe you can and you're halfway there.”
By Theodore Roosevelt
Tips for Gaining Self Confidence
Here are a few tips for increasing self-confidence.
Always ask yourself. What is the worst thing that can happen?
Change your definition of Failure.
Do not compare yourself to other people.
Don't compare your past experiences with today.
Always be kind to yourself and others.
If you have a lot of negative friends you need to change that to a group of positive friends.
Step outside of your comfort zone and try.
Don't take everything so serious.
Celebrate all of your successes no matter how small they may seem to be.
Eliminate the word I can't, out of your vocabulary.
Stop seeking for everyone else's approval.
Follow your Heart instead of your Head.
“When you're different, sometimes you don't see the millions of people who accept you for what you are. All you notice is the person who doesn't.”
By Jodi Picoult