International Women’s Day is a day to celebrate the incredible, inspirational, strong and confident women on a global scale for their economic, social, political, and personal achievements all over the world.
It is also a great time to reflect and embrace the opportunity for personal growth and empowerment. Research shows that there is a gap in confidence between men and women, however, there are ways to improve your self-confidence so that you can ask for that promotion at work, land leadership roles, and be more in tune with who you are.
The thing is…true confidence is something everyone wants, but many don’t seem to have.
What builds long lasting confidence?
Where does confidence come from?
Is it from wearing the right outfit? Your body image? Having a nice car?
Though materialistic and physical aspects are part of looking good – confidence comes from within. As the saying goes, “when you feel good, you look good.”
When you are intrinsically motivated, you are more inclined to go after your goals. With confidence, we feel like taking on the world by storm and taking risks by going outside our comfort zones.
If you want to improve your confidence rather than live with a facade, these are a few simple positive habits and mindset shifts that could launch you into new levels of self-love and self-confidence.
1. Having A Powerful Posture And “Walk The Walk”
Your posture matters and it helps with balancing your mind and body since body language speaks volumes. Roll your shoulders back and stand up tall. When you carry yourself with confidence, it is one of the key nonverbal ways people communicate their self-image to others around them. When women feel nervous or uncertain, they often try to make themselves appear smaller by slouching over – which could give off signs of feeling inferior, fearful, or insecure. Instead, strike that superhero pose, sit upright and have an expansive posture to feel more powerful, confident, and like a leader.
2. “Talk the Talk”
Oftentimes, women have a tendency to talk too softly and quietly, which could make them appear and feel less confident. Instead, speak with authority, louder, and with a lower tone of voice rather than a high pitch. Go in front of the mirror to practice different adjustments to your vocal tone to find what feels more natural to you while still embodying a captivating presence.
3. Embracing Your Authenticity and Connecting With Colleagues
We are capable of accomplishing many things, even though we are a work in progress. Connecting with colleagues can help you build stronger relationships and support systems in the work environment. Whenever possible, encourage collaboration and inspiration within your team members. There’s something empowering and powerful about supporting other women’s work and the ability to talk about their achievements without feeling a sense of competition. This helps increase a healthy culture of confidence, openness, and authenticity. Don’t feel discouraged when you hold yourself to high expectations and end up not meeting them. Embrace your progress and ability to take risks to be better every day.
4. Getting Out Of Your Comfort Zone
The comfort zone is known to be a set of regular behaviors, habits, actions, and routines that are familiar to you where you experience low levels of stress and anxiety. However, getting out of your comfort zone is a wonderful way to get more comfortable in being vulnerable. The more you try new things, the more you will feel empowered and brave.
Of course, this doesn’t mean to go skydiving and bungee jumping off cliffs, BUT start with small steps such as attending interesting workshops or beginning a new hobby. The key is to switch up your usual routine and introduce new, healthy habits that you can incorporate into enhancing your lifestyle.
5. Cultivating Your Self-Awareness
It is important to understand how you come across to those around you and across different situations. Cultivating self-awareness is essential for successful leadership, being a team player and in becoming more familiar with our own mannerisms. This helps protect ourselves from self-sabotaging behaviors such as having a lack of confidence and self-doubt. One way to practice this is to film yourself giving a speech and receiving feedback from friends. Having low confidence will not only sabotage your career and relationships, but it will also affect your happiness.
6. Using Affirmations And A Vision Board
As mentioned in prior blogs, affirmations work because the subconscious mind doesn’t know the difference between imagination and reality, which the subconscious mind wants to make a truth out of.
A vision board is a collection of images, affirmations, and quotes that represent the dreams and goals you want to manifest. It gives you a visual of what you want to accomplish and by seeing these images in front of you, it brings focus to your desires – which is a powerful tool to reprogram your subconscious mind. Here’s an affirmation that you can say out loud to boost your self-confidence:
I am resilient
My mind and body’s excellent
My confidence is building up
Watch me as I reach the top
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