Posted on March 25, 2016

3 Easy Ways to Boost Confidence

So much of confidence is believing in yourself, yeah I know sometimes easier said than done. If you have come to a point where your confidence has been shaken building it back up can take a little bit of work, it’s a process. There are a few small changes you can make day to day as you embark on a self-awareness journey that can give your confidence a quick boost. 
Secret-Clinical-StrengthConfidence is a simple concept; be aware of what you’re good at and know your value. The body shows what the mind thinks; our thoughts have so much power. It’s important to be mindful of how you speak to yourself, you know your own voice in our head. Don’t sabotage yourself with negative thinking, it can be just as harsh if not worse than words from someone else. 
Throughout my career, I’ve had to give countless presentations, and although public speaking is my thing, I still get nervous, and my confidence is always a bit shaken right before an event. These quick tips helped me get out of my head and pull it together so I can get through these times. When I feel my confidence about to take a hit I always flash back to these, adjust and keep on keeping on.
 “She believed she could, so she did.”  

Posture – Mom was on to something here. I was an outgoing kid who morphed into a somewhat shy and timid person. As an adult, I still find myself sometimes walking with my head down and I have to catch myself. I can hear my old charm school teacher voice in my head, telling me to look up and smile. I’ll never forget our walking lessons; Ms. Gerri would always say to walk like someone was holding your head up with a string, shoulders back, chest strong and always be aware of your surroundings. We even had to walk with books on our heads, so I was forced to start looking up. Ms. Gerri was FIERCE honey, and I admired her confidence, she taught us that there was power in a woman who could walk and talk like they owned the room while still keeping in tune with her feminity. There is certainly power in good posture.

I challenge you to be more mindful of how you walk and sit over the next few days. Of course, I don’t mean when you are at home relaxing. I’m talking more like when you are typing something important, in a meeting, sending a pitch email, even on an important phone call; check your posture and see how your voice and approach changes when you sit up straight.

Speak Up – Nothing annoys me more than mumbling. When conversing with someone if you don’t look up, talk clear and enunciate your words you may find them asking you to repeat yourself, and a few rounds of that could break your confidence. Take a deep breath, speak slowly and clear with a loud but not shouting tone. Even if you are a bit nervous slowing down and speaking clear will help shake those nerves. Back in college when I took public speaking the professor advised us to record ourselves practicing a speech. That simple exercise helped me so much; you can get a feel for how you sound and make adjustments. 

Secret-Clinical-StrengthSelf-Care – How many times have you had a bad day that started with not looking or feeling your best? Ongoing self-care is essential to our overall well-being, but on a day to day basis it can set the tone for how the day will go. When you are worried about your appearance or not feeling comfortable in your clothing you can be self-conscious and less confident especially in stressful situations. I always try to carve out a little extra time in the morning to put on a little makeup. I’m okay without it but when I know I have an important day ahead a little primping helps me to feel extra confident and pulled together. The last thing I need to be worrying about is stress sweat; thankfully Secret Clinical Strength® offers 4x sweat stress protection. On days when I’m feeling good and prepared I can still get a case of the nerves; with Secret Clinical Strength® as a staple in my beauty routine I never worry about sweaty armpits of even worse smelly ones.

Secret-Clinical-StrengthThe adapt & respond technology of the Secret Clinical Strength® senses my sweat levels throughout the day, and adjust the protection, keeping me cool, dry and fresh. I’m a firm believer in the whole when you look good; you feel good. I can’t be the only one who has a little extra pep in her step when I’m wearing something nice, my makeup and hair are are done, and I have just the right accessories. I feel like a million bucks when I feel good about my look, and that instantly makes me feel more confident.

When all else fails, fake it till you make it. Sounds crazy but if you don’t believe in yourself, no one else will so act the part until you believe it, and soon it will be second nature. 

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  • Christine C.

    Ahh! I love this! Being Self-Confident is so important to living a happier, healthier life! I’ve struggled with it my whole life, but I think once I hit thirty something just clicked for me!!

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