To be more confident, follow these

  1. Do few baby steps, and do it right. It will make you feel good and confident.
  2. Once you get it right, add the intensity or steps or do it for longer period.
  3. If it wasn't going well, stop and reflect.
  4. Then repeat the last one when you're succeed.

Those were my swimming coach advice to us this week.
She often asked us, how do we feel, did we do this or that, and so on. Because it's easier to correct it when we, the doer, aware about what and how we do it.
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Nothing to lose

My sensei said, when we are worried about something big like exam, don’t be. Just ダメもと (dame moto).

Dame moto is short form of ダメでもともと (dame de moto moto) which means nothing to lose. 

Even if you fail the exam, doesn’t mean our ability decrease. We just go back to square one or our original state. 

When we never challenge ourselves, how can we tell we are growing? 

Look at people around you

and you’ll make your world wider.

That’s what my sensei told us during class.

She added, so when you’re on train, don’t just look down and listen to music. Look around and listen to your surrounding.

Another student asked, how can we widen our world wider by doing that inside train? XD

Sometimes I’m surprised with what sensei told us in class.  She often said it jokingly, but I feel somehow it always reminds me about something which happens to me lately, or inspires me.

Don’t give trouble to others

人に迷惑をかけなるな (hito ni meiwaku wo kakeru na)

That’s what my Japanese teacher (先生) told us in class.

She gave an example that she usually sits upright in the plane because she feels when she does it, it will give trouble to the person behind her.

How about if the person in front of you do it? It’s a trouble to her, but at least she didn’t do it to others.