We wouldn’t be human if we didn’t have a crisis of confidence once in a while, but when our lack of confidence influences our decisions or judgements or prevents us from achieving our own personal goals, it’s “Houston, we have a problem!”
Here are 5 Techniques to improve your confidence.
Technique 1: Fake it until you make it!
It sounds like nonsense, but it actually has some scientific weight to it. Interviews with 100 professional staff in large corporations in Melbourne, New York and Toronto revealed that there is a strong correlation between confidence and career success.
Technique 2: Learn a magic trick!
A study conducted by Rebecca Godfrey, Dr Sarah Woods, and Professor Richard Wiseman from the University of Hertfordshire, involved assessing the effect of teaching secondary school children some seemingly impossible illusions, including how to magically restore a rope that has been cut in half, and read another person’s mind.
Their Initial findings suggest that some children with low self-esteem may benefit from learning and performing tricks because “Learning magic requires self-discipline, an understanding of how other people think, and an ability to entertain,” noted psychologist Professor Wiseman.
It is no surprise that adults take comedy improvisation workshops as a way of boosting their own inner confidence.
If it works for the kids, then it may work for you! You might even become the next Dynamo!
Technique 3: Did your mother ever tell you to sit up straight?
Sitting up straight is not only good for your posture but it gives you more confidence in your own thoughts, according to a recent study!
It turns out that our posture effects how we think about ourselves. If you sit up straight, you end up convincing yourself by the posture you’re in.
In other words, sitting up straight allows you to experience a positive outlook.
Technique 4: Find your own personal awesomeness!
The small things matter! Keeping a journal for two weeks and recording all the small positive wins you have achieved helps you to cultivate an attitude of awesomeness, which in turn helps to improve your confidence.
Communication expert Alexa Fischer breaks down how to start.
Technique 5: Read 10 pages of a personal development book a day!
Findings from the Benefits of Lifelong Learning (BeLL) project carried out in ten European countries revealed that self-motivated participation in learning boosts self-confidence and well-being, and expands social networks.
The additional benefits are that you are adding to your own personal growth and are creating an abundance of new areas of knowledge, skill and expertise. All of which can be drawn upon to enhance your confidence.
Bennie Kara, Assistant Headteacher, agrees that confidence is a skill that can be developed. On episode 40 of the Inspiration 4 Teachers Podcast Show. Bennie and host Kelly Long discuss strategies for improving your confidence:
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Story Source: Episode 40 inspiration4teachers.com and sciencedaily.com