Wouldn’t it be great to walk around feeling strong and confident on a regular basis? You’d own every room you enter. Confidence is essentially knowing your strengths and your value, and acting in a way that conveys it to others. When I decided to become a fitness instructor, I wanted to give off a firm and knowledgeable presence. I pumped up my confidence level so that I could effectively teach large rooms of students without looking or feeling anxious. Since then, I’ve created techniques to help me project confidence, no matter the size, mood, or fitness level of the crowd. Turns out they apply to any setting, not just the group fitness room. Here they are - perhaps they can fuel your confidence, too.
Feel The Power. The way our minds work can be heavily influenced by our own non-verbal behaviors, what our bodies are doing. Certain “power poses” - such as outstretched arms with fists in the air - not only convey strength and power to others, but can increase testosterone levels and help us feel more confident. I use the “Wonder Woman” hands-on-hips pose and a wide foot stance moments before addressing my crowded classes. Taking up as much space with my body as I can helps me feel strong and in control. Action: Take a few minutes in your morning routine to power pose before moving on to tackle the rest of your day.
Straighten Up. At the start of my classes, I encourage students to become “strong, tall, and confident” by pulling shoulders back, straightening the spine, and keeping the head up - I can practically feel the energy level in the room shoot up. In my experience, this can work as an instant confidence boost during presentations, networking events, and even when handling difficult projects or problems. Action: For more confidence and energy, take a deep breath, do a quick body scan, and straighten your posture.
Remember Past Successes. Interestingly, competence on its own bears little relationship to confidence; it is only when you are aware of your competence that you become confident. My favorite way to squash jitters or feelings of inadequacy is to recall three accomplishments, reminding myself of what I’ve done exceptionally well, which I use as fuel to push forward into the next challenge. I also keep a list of past experiences that I’m proud of or grateful for in my journal, and I refer back to this list before embarking on a new challenge. Action: Write down a list of experiences or accomplishments that fill you with pride in your journal or phone. Refer back to it whenever you need a confidence boost or reminder of your progress.
Work a Power Phrase. The power of affirmations is a beautiful thing. A simple phrase that fires you up is a great thing to keep in your back pocket for a confidence boost. My personal power phrase is “I am killing it.” I practically sear it into my brain before taking on any major challenge, such as teaching a crowded boot camp event. I print my phrase in all capital letters at the top of my speaker notes, prep materials, and day planner. My phrase keeps me in a strong and empowered frame of mind. Action: Think about a simple, direct phrase and write it down in your planner and anywhere you’ll see it on a regular basis. Repeat it in your head to amp you up before a major challenge - and see how your confidence soars.
I hope you’ll use these personal confidence-boosting tips in your own life so that you can dominate any change that looms ahead. Confidence is the personality trait most responsible for an individual’s ability to deal well with change. And in this rapidly changing world, it is something that everyone should have more of in their toolkit.