‘You have to expect things of yourself before you can do them.’ – Michael Jordon
Belief in one’s abilities or self-confidence is one of the cornerstones of success. From acting on your thoughts to being bold enough to try different stuff, being self-confident is an ability that not many people have.
However, the good news is that developing confidence in oneself is a skill which anybody can acquire. Your mind is a powerful tool. Changing its thought patterns can really prove to be helpful when building self-confidence.
Here are some mental techniques to improve your self-confidence:
Understand that Perfection Is a Myth
You might look at all the confident people in your life and think that they are perfect. However, that assumption is far from the truth.
Everybody has their flaws and weaknesses. You can never understand the battles they are fighting within. Understanding that perfection is a myth will help you mitigate self-doubt.
Get Rid of the Negative Self-Talk
In a negative frame of mind, it is quite easy to engage in destructive self-talk. However, it is very important to become objective when engaging in such self-talk. For instance, if your inner self tells you that you cannot carry out small talk, remind it of the little conversation you had with your colleague in the kitchen.
Make sure you keep track of all the ‘always’ and ‘never’ in your self-talk, so that you can get rid of them next time.
Try the Power Pose
One of the leading researchers in the field of body language, Amy Cuddy in her Ted Talk clearly demonstrates how an expansive and open physical posture can improve self-confidence.
It has been found that people who acquire this power pose for two minutes experience reduction in cortisol (stress hormones) and increase in testosterone (dominance levels).
Get Rid of Fear of Rejection
Many times, your fear of rejection is the triggering factor for self-doubt. However, there is no point in feeling judged by people, as most of them have their own insecurities.
Once you come to see people as humans who have flaws, you will be able to connect with them on a deeper level and will not fear their rejection.
When looking to build self-confidence, it pays great deal to be well-prepared. Whether it is an interview or a presentation, make sure you are ready for the challenge that lies ahead.
Preparing beforehand will give your mind the perfect mental booster it required.
Rekha Shrivastava at Blossom Hypnosis understands the science of self-confidence. With her effective method of hypnosis and self-confidence building strategies, she has helped many people thrive in their personal and professional lives. She also offers live Skype sessions. Visit her website for a free consultation.