Confidence is something you create within yourself by believing who you are.
I have discovered that confidence comes in all sorts of shapes and sizes. From the guys who whistle down the street at a pretty girl to Richard Branson heading a global conference, they all have one thing in common - the ability to use their confidence to get them seen and heard.
Confidence is an essential tool in every aspect of life but whether you are truly confident or have just perfected the illusion of confidence are two different things. The most important thing is to believe in yourself then the rest will follow naturally.
So, how DO you achieve this all important 'confidence' thing? I've often asked myself that and it is still something that challenges me to this day.
These simple life hacks have helped me along the way and hopefully will inspire the superhero in you too:
1. Practice Makes Perfect
This is a simple one. Don't ever go into something without preparation. Whether it be a job interview, a presentation or meeting your boyfriends parents make sure you are prepared for most outcomes. It will alleviate the pressure. Trust me.
2. Dress Appropriately
If you look good, you feel good. Wear clothes you feel happy in, that suit you and that you won't regret wearing. This will help with giving you the confidence to concentrate on other things.
Everyone likes a smiler! Cheesy as it sounds a smile will reflect on the people around you and create a positive attitude for both you and them.
4. Don't Compare Yourself To Others
This is the killer one. The biggest contirubituon to confidence knock backs is trying to live up to how you think others are. Concentrate on yourself and your own aims for the day and everything else will fall into place.
That's it. I guess the only thing left to say is that if all else fails you can always take up the 'Superman Pose.' Standing with your chest out in front of the mirror telling yourself how awesome you are. If the pros on the Ted Talks say it works it's got to be worth a try…hasn't it?
You’re vulnerable. Scared. What if you don’t take that job? What if that guy/girl doesn’t like you? You wish you could just own your power and ask for that raise, but the idea makes you cringe. You need a self-confidence boost. But how do you build self confidence when you feel fat/inexperienced/lacking credentials/whatever your critical self tells you?