Feel Your Best Tip: Do This to Raise Your Confidence
6/15/16 — You know those moments when you feel like you’re in over your head–when you’re nervous, insecure, or just freaking out?
Today’s tip can help you get your mojo back.
I do this all the time. My TV/speaking/teaching roles can be intimidating. When I go into these venues, I have plenty of insecure moments in my head. But here’s what I do.
I let those sabotaging thoughts glide right by. I breathe deeply, press down in my feet to feel grounded, and stand up tall.
When I need more of a boost, I do these things in a private bathroom stall where I can either stand like Wonder Woman with my hands on my hips, or boldly stretch my arms up in the air. I usually say a prayer at that point too.
There’s all kinds of research about how our body language doesn’t just impact how others see us. It also affects how we see ourselves. Amy Cuddy, a social psychologist, says two minutes in a power pose (like I do in the bathroom) actually causes chemical changes in our bodies that help us feel more secure.
So in moments where you feel self-conscious or vulnerable, instead of standing in a way that projects that (arms crossed, touching your neck, shoulders rounding forward, etc.), take on a power pose instead. See how that makes you feel!