24 Jan 3 things you can do in your spare time to boost your confidence today.
Are you experiencing days when you seem to lack self-confidence? You might be too intimidated of other people that you think yourself as inferior — which is unhealthy on your part.
“The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease forever to be able to do it,” wrote J.M Barrie.
That line — appearing in the 1902 “Peter Pan” precursor “The Little White Bird” — is a perfect look at the power of confidence. “The reason birds can fly and we can’t is simply that they have perfect faith, for to have faith is to have wings,” Barrie continued.
We’re pretty sure you’re also fascinated with the story of Pan — the boy who never grew up and lived without a doubt. His is a story of pure, unfettered confidence. In a way, we all aspire to live a life so sure of ourselves.
Confidence can play a big role in how much success you experience in the workplace, in relationships, and even in your health. So let’s take a look at how to get there.
Let’s take a look at some science-backed suggestions to becoming a more confident version of yourself, based off of a video from the people over at TED-Ed.
1. A “Power Pose” Can Give You A Quick Confidence Boost
Actions are louder than words, they truly are. That’s why simply striking a powerful, confident pose can trick your brain into actually feeling more confident? Well, it can.
Next time you’re feeling nervous about something — like a job interview — try taking a couple minutes right before and adopting this pose: Stand straight up, push your shoulders back and chest out, and place your hands on your hips.
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Studies have shown that this pose can lead to a short-term increase in confidence and reduction in stress.
“Our nonverbals govern how we think and feel about ourselves. Our bodies change our minds,” said Harvard Business School social psychologist Amy Cuddy in a 2012 TEDGlobal talk.
2. Believe That You Have The Ability to Improve
Now, this sounds like one of those “easier said than done” type suggestions, but it’s actually not. Think about the things in your life you can’t change and those you can. You can’t change your eye color or your height, for example, but you can change your physical strength through training.
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What you’ll find is that there are very few things in life truly set in stone. We all have our own limitations, but as long as we can remind ourselves that we’re not stuck, we have incentive to stay motivated.
3. Fail. Get Up. Try Again. Repeat.
Everyone knows that you’re going to fail the first few times — you just have to accept the fact and try again. What matters much more than whether or not you fail is how you react to that setback.
Take a look at Michael Jordan, for example. He’s a six-time NBA Finals champion, five-time Most Valuable Player, two-time Olympic gold medalist, and 2009 inductee into the basketball hall of fame. To many, he’s considered the greatest player to ever play the game of basketball.
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But he’s also someone who’s experienced a lot of failure. Check out this voiceover from a 1997 Nike ad.
“I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” — Michael Jordan
By the time Jordan’s career finally came to an end in 2003, his missed shots totaled more than 12,000. Few of us will ever be as good at anything as Michael Jordan was at basketball. We will all fail. But do we get up? Do we try again? That’s up to us.
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