But what about when you’re not feeling so high on yourself? What can quickly and easily boost your self-esteem?
1) Look At Your Resume
Reviewing your credentials can remind you how talented you are and induce a “reverse stereotype threat” that boosts confidence.
I immediately think about my research credentials, a trick I developed after discovering that getting people to think about aspects of themselves that are conducive to success can actually be enough to propel them to a top performance and prevent choking.
The mere act of realising you aren’t just defined by one dimension— your SAT score or a speech or a solo— can help curtail worries and negative thoughts. In essence, thinking about yourself from multiple perspectives can help relieve some pressure that you feel.
2) Stand Up Straight
Your mind moves you, but how you move also affects your mind.
Recent research in the area of embodied cognition confirms we can improve how we think and behave by changing how we sit, stand and move.
3) Talk To Yourself
Might seem crazy but it works.
Self-talk is one of the skills that helped Navy SEAL candidates pass their gruelling “Hell Week.”
And talking to yourself isn’t the only type of talking that can boost confidence. Seeing your opponent as inferior improves your own performance as well. So, yes, “Trash talk” works.
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