7 clever ways to instantly boost your confidence
Whether you’ve got a big job interview on the horizon, finally want to overcome your fear of public speaking or just wish you could bring a little more self-belief to your day-to-day life – our 7 quick and easy confidence boosting hacks have got you covered.
1. Start with a smile
Bringing out a big grin won’t just make you look more confident. It will actually make you feel more relaxed too. You see – a good smile is scientifically proven to reduce anxiety and stress levels by releasing feel-good hormones known as endorphins.
2. Perfect your power pose
Remember being told to stand up straight as a child? Well, turns out, it’s actually great advice. Often seen in the animal world, standing tall is a classic ‘power pose’ that will instantly make you look and feel more confident, dominant and authoritative.
3. Dress to impress,
What you wear can actually make a massive difference to how confident you feel. By ‘dressing for the job you want’ you start to display traits you subconsciously associate with that outfit. So if you look sharp – you’ll feel sharp too. Scientists call it: enclothed cognition.
4. Visualise your victories
Professional sports people use positive visualisation all the time. By imagining in as much detail as possible what they want to happen – like bending a free kick into the top corner – they become fixated on the best possible outcome (rather than the worst). Giving them the self-confidence to go out and make it happen.
5. Stop saying sorry so much
Putting a positive spin on little setbacks can work wonders for your confidence. For example, if you find yourself getting mixed up in a big meeting, rather than saying: “sorry that I’m a bit all over the place” try a cool and confident: “thanks for bearing with me”. Much better.
6. Keep up the eye contact
The more confident you are, the more comfortable eye contact becomes. However, you’re bound to have to break off at some point. When you do – try to look diagonally upwards rather than at your feet. You’ll look like you’re thinking about what the other person is saying, rather than coming across all bashful.
7. Aim small to win big
It’s human nature to crave progress. And lots of psychological studies have shown that, because of this drive for positive reinforcement, you’re actually far better setting yourself lots of small, achievable tasks. That way, you’re consistently building your confidence all the way up to your big goal.