Here are the WaHiki team’s suggestions for a self confidence boost:
1. Strengthen your mind.
Self-confidence is a state of mind that can be achieved through intentional action. Taking a “WaHiki” (Time out in Māori) to nurture your mind, body and spirit (preferably one hour a day) can be done in a variety of ways. We prefer being in the water, exercise and mediation in the morning. If you’re not taking time for yourself, then you’re allowing someone or something to shape your view of the world.
2. Replace negative with positive.
A whole new branch of psychology is dedicated to mindfulness, but it boils down to this: Negative thoughts and insecurities will always pop up. So, mindfulness practice teaches you to treat thoughts as tools. Be mindful of negative thoughts, acknowledge them, discard them and replace with a positive thought. Controlling your mind is a journey so take your time to strengthen your mind.
3. Live a lifestyle of personal growth.
Putting yourself into courses or professional relationships that force you to grow ensures that you’re always expanding, which in turn generates confidence. From therapeutic programs to leadership programs to physical programs, committing to this kind of regular growth and showing up and being fully present are the keys to confidence.
4. Learn about impostor syndrome.
Many professionals will at some point experience a psychological phenomenon known as impostor syndrome, complete with feelings of inadequacy and a fear that everything accomplished to date has been through sheer luck. To overcome this, learn to internalize accomplishments. Peer groups are a great place to talk it out and build confidence.
5. Dress for success.
No matter what level of business you’re in, it’s important to dress for the client you want, rather than the client you have. There’s this idea of working from home in PJs. The most successful people get up early and dress like they’re off for a day at the office, and it’s reflected in their attitude. When you look good, you feel good and you’re more confident, too.
6. Take an improv class.
Improv classes make you think on your toes in front of an audience. Being on stage helps grow your confidence; being in front of crowds teaches you how to think and react quickly—all things that translate well to a boardroom or public speaking opportunity.
7. Produce a high-quality personal brand.
At WaHiki we believe that a key component to building self-confidence is in publicly building one’s own brand. This can be done through the creation of high-quality content like blog posts, e-books, podcasts or video content. Even if it doesn’t receive much traction initially, the fact that you have a body of work that you are proud to refer others to can make a big difference in your self-confidence.
8. Recognise your value outside of your work.
Your self-confidence needs to be rooted in who you are completely outside of your success in business. So find ways to get connected with yourself and grow. Perhaps volunteer, do pro-bono work, meditate, work out, read, hang out with friends. Whatever it takes for you to see your value regardless of how well [you’re doing professionally].