Have you ever seen a rock star take the stage oozing such confidence it seemed like it was coming out of their pores? Or seen a politician in a debate that seemed so tough but they stayed calm, cool and collected while you were sweating it out at home? Or worked for someone, or had a CEO perhaps, that just commanded respect and admiration based on how they handled tough situations? Did you wonder if you could ever channel that kind of confidence for yourself? Well I’m here to tell you how to do it in this week’s Fearless in 5.
Step #1: Visualize. Close your eyes and think about who is that confidence champion that you would want to channel. Beyonce? Oprah? George Washington perhaps? Get specific about who it is and why.
Step #2: Identify those specific attributes that you would want to emulate.
Step #3: Take a look in the mirror. Do a self-assessment of what are the attributes you already have and what are those things that you need to do some work on.
Step #4: You’ve got some homework to do. The good news is there are great resources out there--whether it’s books, podcasts, classes you can take or career coaches that you can work with.
Step #5: Create a ritual. This is a mini routine that you build into your day whenever you need that shot of confidence. It can be as simple as closing your eyes, listening to a song or repeating a mantra.
Now if you’re still watching, I have a little secret to share with you. I know this works because I’ve done it myself. Before I had to take the main stage at a conference presenting to 300 executives, I really started getting nervous. But two nights before my presentation, I saw Adam Levine from Maroon 5 take the stage. He came out with such confidence to sing the last song of the night that I had this moment where I realized he is the best out there to sing “Sugar,” but I am the best out there to do my material. The morning of my big presentation, I actually went into the bathroom, into a stall, put my headphones on and listened to a recording of “Sugar.” I walked out of there with 10x the confidence that I had and acted like the rock star that I wanted to be.
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