When things go our way it’s easy to exude confidence.
When they don’t, we tend to overthink, overreact, focus on what we think is wrong – in other words, we rehearse failure thoughts.
- Focus on what’s right even when something goes wrong. The first time I was on television I hosted a local Wednesday Night Movie on camera. When the show ended, I went off TelePrompTer and said “Tune in next Tuesday for the Wednesday Night Movie.” I was convinced that ad-libbed screwup was the end of my TV career early on but it was only the beginning because I left out the part that I really did well.
- Confidence comes before actions–If you believe something good will happen, it is more likely to happen. If you don’t, you often have to take what you will get.
- Believe in you – If you won’t, who should?
- Keep IOUs handy – (this is my favorite) Every time you have a success of any kind, type it into your smartphone notes and carry it around with you. At least once a day scroll through and remind yourself of how awesome you are instead of waiting around for something to sap your confidence.
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