2. FAITH IT ‘TIL YOU MAKE IT
On a similar note, fake faith that confidence! You may feel like an anxious mess inside, but by portraying confidence on the outside, people will start to see you this way. This will have a positive effect on you and, in time, you will start seeing yourself in the same way others do. This is known as a self-fulfilling prophecy - your mind is your superpower!
Put a smile on your face, keep going even if things start to appear uncertain, stand tall, energetically fill up a space, and try to remember a time where you felt more confident and externalise this feeling.
According to a study in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, channeling a moment when you were genuinely captivating can make you feel (and as a result, act) more confidently. Over time, this will begin to become a habit, and you will find that you’re no longer faking it, but it's how you actually feel. Confidence isn't a dirty word, btw.
Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit.
4. USE AN ANCHOR
Confidence is a psychological tool that can help you work better and feel stronger. By creating a psychological anchor, you can help to re-centre yourself when you feel like you’re in shaky territory. For example, every time you feel confident, create and use an anchor like clicking your fingers to reinforce the feeling (this is my personal fave as it can be done pretty discreetly too).
Soon, this feeling will become a habit. When you’re feeling nervous, take a moment to use the anchor of your choice and soon your body will automatically react by kicking in with more sureness in your step and spirit.
Intentionally use this anchor until it rewires the pathways in your brain to be as natural as breathing. It's one of the best things you can do for yourself, and when it comes to creating courage on cue, can be extremely value career-wise too.
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5. PRACTICE IN A MIRROR
Confidence is a mental attitude. However, it is easy to tell if someone isn’t feeling confident through their physical appearance. For example, they may slouch, avoid eye contact, and look like they are trying to blend into the background. To avoid this, practice talking while standing in front of a mirror, or take a video of yourself.
Take note of the way you stand, where you are looking when you speak, your hand gestures and whether you do other small, uncertain gestures. For example, do you fidget, or look down often? Once you identify these, practice a little every day and try to eliminate the unconfident cues and replace them with more confident ones. These little things will help you appear more assured to others and boost your self-esteem as you see them respond positively.
As social psychologist and body language researcher Amy Cuddy explains in her TED Talk, your posture can also increase confidence-boosting testosterone in the body and be a potential indicator of success. How cool is that!
So when you walk past a mirror today, strike your favourite superhero pose and claim those powers as your own! Here's to your success, sis, you got this! x
*This post first appeared on samanthawaters,com.au