Karen Darrin

Confidence is highly coveted, yet often elusive. We dedicate time and energy to cultivating the feeling so we can tap into it when we need it most: at work, in business meetings, during tough conversations. Fortunately, there are a few science-backed tricks to get us there (even when we totally don’t feel it).

Power pose – Do yourself a favor and spend 21 minutes with Amy Cuddy, social psychologist, as she explains how we can change other people’s perceptions — and perhaps even our own body chemistry — simply by changing body positions:  Body Language Shapes Who You Are.

High-energy music – Getting ready to request a raise or ask someone a big favor? Find your music and just press “play.” Researchers from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University found that listening to bass-heavy tunes may have the power to make you feel more confident.

Recall a past success – Making everyone laugh in your last speech, nailing that job interview, publishing a well-written piece — whatever it is, those moments of confidence can make an impact when you’re not feeling your best. Channeling a moment when you were genuinely captivating can make you feel (and as a result, act) more confidently.

Nail your morning routine – Those first few minutes when you put yourself together in the morning aren’t just crucial for starting your day — they can bring a surge of self-confidence, too. Turn it into a mindfulness opportunity: Prep your TO DO list and clothes the night before; Get up a few minutes earlier; Think of five things you are grateful for; and then, set an intention for your day. Focus on being in the “now” as you commute to work.

Purposefully select your clothes – Chances are you’ve heard the old adage to “dress for success” — and there’s a reason these cliches have longevity. Studies suggest that what you’re wearing can have a direct effect on how secure and powerful you feel. Clothes aren’t just a device of perception, but a tool that can really affect how you perceive yourself.

So there you have it! Five simple ways to build up your confidence level. Give them a try and let me know what happens!

ACTION STEP:  Ready to build up your self-confidence? Let’s brainstorm your next steps together. Schedule a complimentary Breakthrough Session here: Free Consult or contact me at karen@karendarrin.com.

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