Physical Steps to Exerting ConfidenceMarch 27, 2015
I’ve talked a lot about the internal aspects of confidence, but I felt it was also important that I touch on some of the physical aspects of confidence as well. After all, our demeanor, our bodies, and even our posture says a lot about who we are and how we feel about ourselves. Our bodies are the vehicles that carry us through life, and it’s almost impossible to feel confident if we feel uncomfortable in our own skins.
With that in mind, here are a few simple pointers.
• Stand up straight. Don’t slouch – keep your chin up, put a smile on your face, pull your shoulders back. When you walk into a room, look like you know where you’re going. Know that you belong in any room you walk into.
• Maintain eye contact. When you’re talking to someone, don’t look away like you’re not sure of what you’re saying. Believe in your words and your place in the world.
• Practice a healthy lifestyle. Part of feeling at home in your body is taking care of your body. Feed your body nourishing food. Get out and get moving. Treat yourself to products that make your body feel special and important.
• Dress to impress. It’s not about dressing expensively or flashily – it’s about wearing clothes that make you feel confident and happy. Do a sweep of your closet and pull out anything that doesn’t make you feel like your best self.
• Envision who you want to be. Think about how you’d like to look – then check out the differences between that mental image and the one looking back at you in the mirror. Then take steps to make those two pictures align.
• Change it up. Trying something new – a fresh hair style, a shirt in a color you never wear, a new workout – can be a powerful reminder of what you can do, and how you can be whoever you want to be. Never underestimate the power of a little something new to boost your confidence!
Did you try any of these tips? How did they work for you? Did you find your physical demeanor had an impact on how you felt about yourself on the inside?