Not many people realise that their self-confidence works just like a muscle – it grows in response to the level of performance required of it and it gets better the more your use it!
Confidence gives you the power to conquer the world (or at the very least your fears). Here are 5 ways you can boost your confidence and be awesome at everything you do.
Visualisation (also known as mental imagery) is a brilliant tool that will help you achieve your goals. It is the process of creating a mental image or intention for what you want to happen in your life. It makes the future clearer, which is the first step toward creating it.
2. LISTEN TO MUSIC
Music has the ability to instantly transform your mood. Have you ever listened to a super upbeat song and felt completely reenergised as a result? Create an uplifting playlist on your music player and listen to this when you need to psyche yourself up.
If you are feeling adventurous turn the music up really loud and dance around your bedroom - swear I've never done that before ;-)
3. FAKE IT 'TILL YOU MAKE IT
If I believed that I was not going to get the job (for e.g), that belief may have led me to alter the strategies I used for interview preparation and I would probably perform way below my best. While I may have had a good chance of succeeding, my belief hindered my performance and I made this belief become reality.
Psychological research shows that the self-fulfilling prophecy works for both negative and positive predictions - the beliefs you hold have an impact on what happens to you. In order for you to succeed at what ever you put your mind to you need a belief so strong in your self that you can overcome any set back!
4. DRESS TO IMPRESS (YOURSELF)
How we perceive ourselves plays a massive role in how we feel about ourselves. For me, wearing heels instantly boosts my confidence (I feel like rockstar) and even wearing leopard print will give me a little boost too. Appearances can make a difference, so throw on that work dress that makes you feel sharp because how you see yourself will influence how you feel about yourself.
It is important to not rely on this confidence boosting ritual all the time! Yes, it can play a role but lasting confidence will come from the inside. Make sure to check out my 7 Days to Unstoppable Self Confidence online programme you would like to learn more.
4. BODY LANGUAGE
The more space your take up in a room the more confident you will feel. So, don't forget even if you feel small, sad or are full of self doubt taking up more physical space will make you appear (and there for feel) more confident!
Try it now - sit up straight and pull your shoulders back, puff your chest and lift your chin so that it is parallel to the floor.
5. POSITIVE AFFIRMATIONS
Positive Affirmations are short positive statements targeted at a specific set of negative beliefs. Replacing these negative beliefs (or negative self-talk) with positive and nurturing affirmations will help you achieve a more confident life - it is a kind of "brainwashing" that you are in control of. Affirmations are proven methods of self-improvement because of their ability to rewire our brains and using positive affirmations can help us to keep focused on our inner goals. The more determined you are to make a change the better they will work for you.
YES! Affirmations really work. All our inner dialogue and self-talk is an affirmation of some kind, that if repeated continually will become a part of our life experiences and beliefs. The chances are the affirmations you have been using up until now have been working against you, and not for you! It't time to chance the record :-)
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