We all have moments of self-doubt, whether we’re meeting new people, interviewing for a new job, making a life changing decision, or starting a new workout program. Even the most confident, put-together people struggle sometimes with self-doubt. When it comes to self-doubt, change is scary, but it’s also a big and important part of life.
Whether you have 1 minute or 10 minutes to spare, here are 3 ways to feel more confident right now:
Relax your body and take 3 slow, deep breaths. Focus on your breath and the movement of your upper body as you inhale and exhale. If you don’t feel relaxed after 3 deep breaths, take 3 more deep breaths. Breathing deeply can calm a frazzled nervous system and help you feel more relaxed and peaceful. I know I always feel more relaxed after deep breathing. It’s a mindful (and necessary!) act of self-love.
2. Give yourself a pep talk.
Just do it! Whether you’re in your car or in the bathroom at work or alone in your office, start talking yourself up. Part of being your own cheerleader is knowing when you have to give yourself pep talks (and we all need them sometimes!) Maybe you’re getting ready to take a big exam or ask for a raise or confront a terrible person. Tell yourself that you’re incredible and you’re going to ace the test or get that raise or finally give that person a peace of your mind. Think about what your best friend would say to you. She knows you’re going to succeed. Go out and prove her right!
3. Fake it until you feel it.
Did you know that faking confidence can help you feel more confident? If you don’t believe me, try this exercise: Think of the most confident person you know. They could be a friend, family member, mentor, coach, etc. Now channel their confidence. Imagine you’re the most confident person in the room. You’re strong and empowered and you can run the world. No one will stop you from getting what you want. You got this!