The difference between a good day and a bad day is confidence.
When we’re confident, we’re focused on the present rather than worried about the future, and that makes it much easier to see how to turn obstacles into opportunities, weaknesses into advantages, and setbacks into breakthroughs.
Yet when life becomes uncertain, it’s our confidence that usually takes the greatest hit—and it’s the first thing we should look to protect.
That’s why I developed a three-step formula anyone can use to protect their confidence in times of uncertainty. It’s called the Three Ps, and it looks like this:
- Be present. By focusing only on the 24 hours in front of you, you stay grounded in the here and now (rather than worried about what could happen tomorrow).
- Be positive. When other people feel better after interacting with you, you feel better too.
- Be productive—and measure your progress at the end of the day.
By structuring your day around these three values, you can stay confident (and useful) through even the scariest of times.