How to Become Confident
What is confidence? How does having high levels of confidence make an individual more successful, while people with little confidence feel hopelessly stuck in a limbo of stagnation?
Confidence isn’t some sort of dominant genetic trait that a person is born with, it’s conviction. Confidence is a die-hard, unshakable belief in oneself and their abilities, no matter what one may face. Confidence can be measured on a scale of belief, low self-esteem, and anxiety on the bottom end of the spectrum, with confidence and discipline on the higher side.
Confidence is a challenging pursuit for most of us because we allow ourselves to become comfortable, we get caught in little bubbles of existence. I call this stagnation, we get still and settle for less. This affects our confidence because we don’t feel capable, we don’t have any stimuli. We don’t Grow.
Humans are genetically built to fight apex predators and survive the harshest conditions Mother Nature can throw at us. If we become stagnant, we lose that primal energy we are blessed with.
Lately, subjects such as efficiency, personal growth, and confidence have gained the attention of humanities brightest minds and sparked a golden age of research on these topics. The joint research on these subjects has given us many incredible ways to reprogram our brains and change our modes of thought. Let’s look at a few of these scientifically backed methods to boost our self-esteem and confidence to reprogram yourself into a new and confident you.
Always Immerse Yourself with New Experiences and Knowledge
Research conducted on brain plasticity has shown that we have more control over our thought process than once thought. The way you think, coupled with your experiences, will change the neural circuitry that produces our behavioral patterns.
I have spent years trying to find the best, most efficient way of doing things, trying to perfect every action in my routine. As a former athlete, I have realized I won’t get any better if I keep doing the same things repeatedly. I got better as an athlete because I adopted new training methods, I trained new techniques from unfamiliar sources, I used new nutrition plans and went to different gyms. I didn’t allow myself to become stagnant, I took a step outside of my comfort zone, and I evolved.
By immersing yourself with a constant influx of new experiences, as well as knowledge in whatever you need/want, you will rewire your neurological processes. Take a step out of your comfort zone, try things you’ve always wanted to. Allow your mind to make a confident, successful you.
Visualization and Mental Rehearsals
Back in the 70’s, Soviet scientists began to experiment with the effects of visualization on cognitive processes in their athlete’s performance in sports. Studies have found that performing very detailed and highly vivid rehearsals in their mind will increase their performance by as much as half of athletes who just physically train.
So, it’s safe to say that visualizing our goals and desired outcomes has a significant impact on our confidence. With modern studies, it has been proven that we can get stronger, smarter, and more proficient in a chosen skill with the power of our subconscious mind. Naturally, people are going to start finding methods to better ourselves with these findings.
It’s crucial to have a clear mind, free of any negativity before you visualize. You don’t want to allow any potentially self-destructive thoughts to interfere with your visualizations. I find it best to be in a quiet, meditative environment while I visualize and ponder myself.
Picture yourself studying hard, maxing out 10lbs more than before, imagine the entire process from start to finish. Trust me, give yourself realistic and precise goals to visualize and apply. You will see improvements in yourself in ways you never thought possible.
Start to Physically Project Your Confidence
One quick and incredibly simple way to boost your confidence is by projecting your confidence with your posture and body language. This can be as easy as standing up straight, rolling your shoulders back, and maintaining eye contact with your peers.
Studies in neurolinguistics, or body language, shows that when we slouch, we make ourselves seem much smaller, projecting a “less powerful” appearance to others. Believe it or not, this can impact the levels of cortisol, the stress hormone our body releases. On the other hand, if we stand tall and show off our domineering and assertive sides, our body releases increased levels of testosterone, making us feel happier and more secure with ourselves.
Think of how Superman stands; head up high, shoulders back, and chin up. Always look others in the eye when interacting and be confident with your body language.
Our minds are capable of so many incredible things, and now we’re able to recognize, study, and apply these scientific ways to make ourselves confident and successful. Learn which methods work best for you, believe in yourself, carry yourself in a positive light, and go forth and be wonderful!