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Building Your Confidence

Sometimes we forget that the things we do on a daily basis are really cool. We just think “meh, that’s what I’m supposed to do”. But is it? You have really cool skills that not everyone has, and it’s time you acknowledge that!

Listen to the podcast episode below, or read the meditation script in the following section.

7. Celebrate Yourself Mindful Actions

How to be more Confident

Let’s talk about appreciating your skills.

The things that you do well and enjoy.

The things that are unique to you.

Nobody else does them in the way that you do, and you need to celebrate that! Seriously, this week, your mindful action is to celebrate yourself. Just go for it.

I was talking to a friend recently and she asked how my podcast was going and without hesitation I said, I absolutely love it, it is my pride and joy. I cannot believe how naturally it comes to me! I am just overflowing with content. Then I admitted that If someone had told me that starting a podcast was so easy, I would’ve done it years ago and that I felt so behind on it.

And she looked at me and said, Beth, it’s easy for you because it’s what You’re meant to do.

Oooooh, man, mic. drop.

Listen to that again: it’s easy for you because it’s what you’re meant to do.

That really got me thinking. if I had tried starting a podcast before I was in the place where I am right now, it would’ve failed. I am 100% certain it would have failed. Just like my previous blog attempts failed. They were on topics that I was interested in but weren’t truly meant for me. I was copying others in the field that I admired and wasn’t making it my own. I was working REALLY hard to try and fit in. But it just wasn’t working out. I wasn’t using MY talents, I was using others’ talents and trying to adapt them into my own.

That wasn’t me. But this podcast is me. My meditation practice me. And I am pretty darn proud of it. And that’s what I’m celebrating today.

And that’s what you’re going to celebrate about yourself this week. Focus on what comes naturally to you. What things in your life do you like to have fun with and add your own flair to? What is something that seems easy to you, but after you think about it, maybe think of it from a beginners mindset, it may not be an easy thing someone else? That’s you. That’s your skill and your talent right there. It can be anything, big or small, just own it, enjoy it, and make it yours. Celebrate yourself, friends.

So as we prepare to get into our meditation of reveling  in our own awesomeness, think about this mantra that we’ll recite together later: I know what I am good at, and what makes me happy, and I’m going to do more of that.

Meditation for Confidence

[meditation script]

Go ahead and get seated into your seated meditation position. Today we want to make sure we’re sitting up straight, grounded on the floor, palms facing up, back elongated and not hunched over, and head proudly poised proudly as the peak of our body.

Today we are created a confidence posture. A posture to soak up all the positive energy around us. Today we are telling the universe I am here, and I am ready.

Settle in to the space that you are in. Feel your body taking up the space that it deserves in this world. You own the space that you occupy. This space was created specifically for you. You belong here.

Now focus on your breath. Make a mental note of how your breath feels right now, because thinking through our topic today might change your breath pattern as we go. We will check back in with our breath at the end to see if you subconcously got excited and your breath pattern changed.

I’m so happy you’re here. Want to know why? Because you are amazing. And you are awesome. And you were meant to be experiencing this here with me today. The energy both you and I are putting out there connected on some level that put us here, sharing this podcast together, right now.

Allow yourself to dream big here today. Love the things your good at. Love the things you’re good at and that actually make you happy. If you’re good at something, but it doesn’t make you happy, that’s just something you’re good at. It’s not your soul shining from deep within.

Likewise, don’t think about something you think you should be good at and enjoy. Just because you were once good at something and that’s how your family and friends think of you, that is not who you are right now. People change. Goals change. Happiness changes. Your past does not define you.

“Take time to actually be present and enjoy the things you are good at and others will begin to notice your confidence too.”

Beth Backes, Mindfulness Coach

Now let’s really focus in on that positive energy. Sitting here with you is my positive energy, my high vibration, and I love sharing meditation with the world. And I hope you can feel that energy through this meditation, and that it brings you up.    

But what about you? What creates your positive energy? Your high vibration? What comes naturally to you and just feels right?

It can be a simple small characteristic that you identify yourself with. Or it could be a skill that you’ve worked towards your whole life. Whatever it is, I want you to feel happy and proud when you think about identifying yourself with it to create confidence within.

What is something that gets your gears turning, your body flowing, and makes you just smile and feel energized just thinking about it?

Dream big here today with me. Let your confidence shine through something you’re extremely proud of. Everything we’ve experienced in our lives so far has built us up to this moment. Right here.  Right now.

You can shout it from the rooftops, or keep it to yourself. However you want to celebrate yourself this week, just remember this joyous, proud feeling you have right now. And revisit it as often as you’d like this week to produce the positive energy you long for. You are your greatest cheerleader.

This energy will help yo attract amazing things to your life, because you were put here for a reason. You are fulfilling your purpose in life each and every day. And I have confidence in you. I know you are doing amazing things that are perfect for your life and the people that are in it.

So finally, let’s recite our mantra together to open ourselves up and preparing to shine in the week ahead:

I know what I am good at, and what makes me happy, and I’m going to do more of that.

I know what I am good at, and what makes me happy, and I’m going to do more of that.

I know what I am good at, and what makes me happy, and I’m going to do more of that.

Thank you so much for meditating with me today. Now go out, and be your own cheerleader. Do a high kick and rock your week.

But guess what, I didn’t even discover this energy until 6 months ago. But I am so thankful for it. I’m so thankful it showed me it’s energy when it did because it came at exactly the right moment in my life.

Connect everything in your life. Your home life, your work life, your family, your friends, your alone time. What are some common things that overlap between those areas that make you happy?

Maybe you are great at organizing. You organize your house. You’re organized at work, your friends and family always come to you for assistance in that area, and you love to spend time cleaning up your space when you’re alone. It rejuvenates you.

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How To Build Your Personal Brand

Your brand just isn’t working for you

A few years ago, on a whim, I created a WordPress site called Adventures with Beth. I didn’t really have a purpose for my site other than wanting to claim my name as my URL before someone else snatched it up. My main concern was that if someone googled my name, I wanted the search results to represent ME, and not someone else with a similar name. So I registered bethbackes.com, a boring static site that was basically a glorified resume, and called it Adventures With Beth, because I’m outdoorsy and it sounded cool. Seems like a good plan, right?

Wrong. The times have changed. An online presence and personal brand is so much more important now. Every time you apply for a job, the first thing the hiring committee, or human resources, does is Google you. A static site won’t cut it anymore. Plus, I’ve grown crave a site that represents who I am. So, it was time to re-evaluate my focus and my personal brand.

Eek! But where to start?!?

Sometimes you just need to ditch your original plan and get a fresh new look. See how one blogger rebranded to get after her goals and build a blog that she is proud of.

How to Build a Brand the Right Way

First of all, what is the definition of rebranding? Well, it’s process of figuring out your new image. Imagine, if you will, packing up all your out-of-season clothes and bringing out the shiny fun clothes that have been hiding in boxes for the past year that will really life your mood and show the world who you are. Rebranding is being more transparent in the work that you do, what you believe in, and the type of image you want to portray to the public. Keep in mind, it’s very common to rebrand as time goes on. Facebook rebranded to Meta. Weight Watchers rebranded to WW. Dunkin’ Donuts is just Dunkin’ now, just to name a few. 

Over the past 6 months, I read blogs about blogging, and books about blogging, and social media posts about blogging… gosh, there’s a lot out there. They all advised that once you have a focus and purpose in mind, you should just start writing. Write for YOU, not for the follows, and it will come together. But you must have a plan.

Well, I didn’t have a focus, a purpose, or a plan. I wrote a couple of posts on varying topics, but I was too scared to hit the publish button. I felt like I had no idea what I was talking about and was reaching for topics, so the posts just sat in my draft folder.

Until now.

Through self-reflection and a branding process, which was by no means a quick overnight decision, I found my niche. You know, the “thing” that I’m proud to describe when I’m introducing myself to someone. The “thing” that I get super animated about when I’m talking to people. The “thing” that I enjoy learning more about each and every day and what I would consider my dream job.

That thing for me is market research, SEO, and personal branding…all while focusing on the aspect of mindfulness. And I love everything about market research and personal branding, not just the cool stuff. I go CRAZY for data visualization, analytics, and business strategizing. I’m like a kid in a candy shop when I hear someone talking Google Analytics, response rate, SEO, and engagement percentage (*nerd alert*).

So, I set a goal for the new year, did what I was advised, and just started writing. And with that, I created something I’m quite proud of and am happy to have as my brand elevator pitch:  Mindful Actions – a place for women small business owners, entrepreneurs, and writers to become more confident and visible online. 

How to become more visible online through personal branding and mindfulness

Rebranding Success Story

As cheesy as it sounds, the other bloggers were right. The writing comes so much easier now that I have a focus, a purpose, and love the topics I’m writing about. It’s like other important things in life: you know when it feels right. Trust your instincts, and don’t just jump into something too quickly before you know what you’re getting yourself into. I’m proud of myself for taking the time to hold off on publishing my posts instead of jumping right in the first time I said: “I want to start a blog”. I could have created a monstrosity on the internet that would be a lot harder to rein in now, and instead, I’m starting from a clean slate with a focus, a purpose, and a plan.

Sometimes, you just have to rebrand in order to build your brand.

If you feel stuck in your blog or brand, I’ve got you covered! Check out my Mindful Actions Career Studio to view the packages and services that I offer to help you rebrand and refresh your online presence, website, and social media platforms. 

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