You donâ€™t need to wear sky-high stilettos to feel 10 feet tall. Instead, try these smart assertiveness-building strategies on for size.Trade self-consciousness for self-confidence with these seriously effective courage-building life hacks.
Recognize Your Bad-assery
No one’s good at everything, but everyone’s good at something. Pinpoint a few things that you rock at and give yourself permission to take pride in them. Verbalize your positive attributes while looking in the mirror, or write them on Post-It notes and scatter them throughout your home for a daily dose of self-assurance.
Do Something That Scares You
Think of something you’ve always wanted to do but were always too afraid to try, and go for it. Whether you’re taking a yoga class for the first time or letting your friend set you up on a blind date, don’t give yourself enough time to overthink the situation; just jump in with both feet. Sure, it’ll be scary and you might even fail the first time around, but that’s okay. At the very least, you succeeded in stepping outside of your comfort zone, and that’s pretty badass in itself.
Learn How to Fail
Believe it or not, failing can do wonders for your self-confidence since there’s a lesson to be learned in every misstep. The next time you stumble, resist the temptation to kick yourself while you’re down. Instead, take a minute to pick yourself up and consider where you went wrong, and then use that understanding to avoid making the same mistakes in the future. You’ll be a better person for it.
Never Let Them See You Sweat
Plan ahead to stay cool, calm and collected during a nerve-wracking event, like a job interview. Identify things that can potentially wreak havoc on your confidence (like running late or a major case of armpit sweat) and eliminate them early on by mapping out your commute ahead of time and planning your outfit the day before. And while you’re at it, don’t forget to arm yourself with Secret Completely Clean Invisible Solid to keep stress sweat at bay. Phew!
(But Feel Free to Sweat a Little)
A 30-minute sweat session can go a long way towards boosting your confidence.
That’s because when you exercise, your body releases endorphins, a.k.a. feel-good chemical hormones that make you happier and more relaxed. Not to mention the rush you get when you accomplish a new fitness goal. The next time you’re feeling overwhelmed, head to the gym and get your ego pump on.
Fake It ‘Till You Make It
It sounds clichÃ©, but it’s true that you feel your best when you look your best. The next time you need a confidence boost, toss on your favorite LBD and your hottest look-at-me pumps and hit the town with your girls. But before you head out, don’t forget the most important accessory of all: your smile. Plant one on and keep it there until you begin to feel genuinely confident. Chances are, it won’t take long.MYNEWSHUB