Yes, I’m talking to you. I’ve talked about the overwhelming epidemic of people not feeling like they’re enough before. It’s evident in each and every one of our lives and I want to help us push back, even if it’s just a little.
Each and every one of your beautiful readers are pretty damn special. You’re strong and smart and a freaking gift to this Earth. And I want you to feel like it. I want you to walk out the door with confidence and take the world by storm. Feel secure that you can do anything you set your mind to, and know that anyone who tells you different doesn’t deserve a place in your life.
With all that in mind…
5 ways to be a more confident YOU.
Even though the idea of a power stance is totally lame, it actually works. Shoulders back, head high, abs tight. You really will start to feel the confidence radiating through you. Same applies to sitting. Also, people will instantly have an unspoken respect for you if you hold yourself with confidence. They simply assume you are. Double win.
Blast your power playlist
We all have that song that just makes us feel so damn good. Keep a playlist of those get it girl songs for whenever you need them. Added bonus: researchers from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University found bass-heavy music can make you feel more confident.
Indulge in your morning ritual
Ever notice when you have to rush out the door in the morning, you have a less than fabulous day? Take the extra time in the morning to indulge your morning rituals. Make coffee, stretch it out, have enough time to do your hair and makeup without being rushed, cook a solid breakfast, and read the news or catch up on your feed. All these things help you feel prepared for the day which not only leads to a more productive day, but a more confident one.
Practice taking compliments
I’m going to go ahead and say it, women are notoriously bad at taking compliments. Why! Let someone say something nice to you, smile, and say thank you. Don’t counter their complement! Don’t say, “Oh this elaborate braid that would make Elsa jealous wasn’t really that hard.” Lies. You spent a long time on it, let someone compliment you. I could write a whole post on this, but I won’t, if you promise to start taking compliments like a champ.
This one seems a little misplaced at first, because being confident is usually associated with being experienced and comfortable doing something. But pushing yourself and succeeding gives you a new wave of confidence — knowing you were able to overcome something. Test yourself in various aspects of your life: try a new workout, take on a big project at work, run a half marathon, join a professional association, or learn to play an instrument. Do whatever you’ve always wanted to try but were too scared to.
And an added bonus because I love you:
Rock your power outfit
You know my thoughts on this. Look good, feel good. Dress yourself so you feel damn fabulous. Wear things you love and feel great in. It will really do wonders for how you feel about yourself and put some pep in your step.
These things don’t happen over night. It takes an effort for most of us to accomplish these things, but that’s the point. You’re making small changes to make yourself a better you. A more confident you. And I believe in you.