We all want know we want to experience it, but what is it? How do you get it?
Confidence is knowing that you can rely on and appreciate your own abilities.
When you feel confident you are more…
Who doesn’t want to feel a bit of all of that?
What can Confidence do for you?
It might be as simple and wonderful as..
Knowing that the boundary that you set with your child is appropriate and necessary.
Separating the behavior of people around you from who you are.
Knowing yourself better than others think they know you.
Going for something that you want regardless of the obstacles.
Making new friends and deepening current friendships.
Building on your social support.
Trying something new even if it scares you and excites you at the same time.
Losing the weight you've always wanted to.
**You deserve this and more!
Feeling more confidence might get you a promotion, that job you always dreamed of or even get you to believe you can start that business you always wanted.
It may make you feel more sexy and increase your intimacy with your spouse.
It would free up so much time for you that you have been allowing to fill up with constantly saying “yes” to every party invite, volunteer task, and carpools because you feel like you must prove your worth constantly to everyone!
You would doubt yourself far less and your boundaries would be strong and clear for your kids to understand, your friends and family…yes even your spouse!
Your validation comes from within and you start to believe that when you feel more confident!
Sounds good right?
Have you ever felt that confidence before? Think of your earliest memory or story you hear about you feeling confident.
My mom loves to tell the story of me as a confident young child.....
When she was a single mother with a female roommate. My mom was pretty strict about me leaving toys out and all over the house, as she shared the space with a single woman with no children and wanted to respect the space.
I had a room, and this was the place for my toys when I was not playing with them. There were two exceptions to this expectation and that was my birthday and Christmas.
On my fourth birthday....
She says tells me I had my toys out in the living room. Some of the toys I was playing with, some I was not playing with.
Our roommate had a boyfriend over that day, clearly, he was familiar with the “rule” my mother had as he told me to take my toys back to my room. Only he did not simply say it to me or ask me....he commanded it with an attitude.
Being the well-behaved child I was, I dutifully returned my toys to my room. I am sure I had quite a look on my face.
(Those of you who know me, know I have no poker face. My face says what is in my head.)
When I returned from my room, I carried a pillow with me back to the living room to rejoin the adults. It was then that I put my pillow down on the floor, looked the boyfriend straight in the eye and said in my most adult-like, sassy and attitude voice,
“That’s my pillow and don’t you touch it!”
My mother tells me this is when she knew I was a force to be reckoned with. I was not going to let anyone walk all over me.
Although I may not be able to remember this story for myself. The story has become one of my innate strength and ability to stand up for myself rather than fall victim to people pleasing. It has become a cornerstone story in my head to boost my confidence as needed int his area of my life.
So spill! How do you build confidence?
Recognize that lasting confidence is built over time. It is the progression of assembling many times throughout life. Confidence is created by practicing little boosts over time and keeping mindful of these boosts.
What kind of boosts, you ask?
That depends entirely on you.
What makes you feel confident?
validation from others
a power suit
If you really want to feel more confident?
Here is a secret for you.....shhhhh
Good self care.
(Actually, it really is no secret.)
Good self-care makes you feel good and takes care of your basic needs. When your basic needs are met and you feel good.... You feel confident!
"How do you practice good self-care?"
I'm so glad you asked!
One of the easiest ways is to get a good night sleep. You could also take a small nap as needed. A nap doesn't need to be 2 hours at noon. A nap can be 20 minutes with your eyes closed or you don't even actually fall asleep.
This gives your brain time to rest in your body time to rest and you'd be surprised at how much more energized you feel when you open your eyes again.
Go ahead, set that alarm for 20 minutes, close your eyes and build your confidence through self-care.
Know yourself. Are you a Night Owl or an Early Bird?
I am an outgoing introvert. (I know.....it sounds weird, but it is a real thing)
I am awake and ready to roll (chores, tasks...) first thing in the morning, but I am not ready to get dressed and leave the house and "people" yet.
If I have to get dressed and leave the house in a decent manner, and "people" I prefer about 10:30.
I can rock it all day long...well until about 6:30. After that, I need to unwind and "unpeople". 6:30 is wine and bonfire time. It is not that I cannot feel confident and have great conversation but I need the downtime with my very limited close family, or alone. (remember when we discussed self-care as a way to build confidence...)
"How in the world does this relate to confidence Elena?"
I need the confidence to "people".
There are times in the day I feel that kind of confidence and times I do not have that kind of confidence. Part of befriending your confidence and tapping into it is learning your natural self, respecting and practicing your self-care.
Get to know your self and what makes you feel cared for and powerful!
Resiliency is a muscle you should be working out!
Your new theme song is "I get knocked down, but I get up again” (go a head...try not to sing it all day )
Do you know the best way to build up your confidence?
Resiliency is "the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties"
We all have times when our confidence is shot. Building it back up takes practice. There are many ways to do this. One is to strengthen your resiliency...you have been knocked down a number of times in your life.
.....If you haven't you likely would not have your confidence shot..right?
When my confidence is low...I journal about times I have felt defeated....low...at the end of my rope..rock bottom.
How did it happen?.
How did you feel.
Get detailed here
Then, journal about your triumph story. How you overcame it!!
(I must have...I am here today. And so are you!!)
Que Rocky theme music (Your welcome.)
Do this every time your confidence takes a blow. You will see how much you really have to be confident about!
Watch for those roadblocks!
I have had a terrible day? Have you? Mine was because of comparison!
I woke up in plenty of time to get ready. I got some chores and had some coffee. I got dressed did my makeup and I felt on top of the world!
You know the feeling, when your outfit and makeup is on point and you feel like you're going to go out and crush the world!
There was even amazing music on the radio on my way to work. So I was bumping along singing out loud! When I got to work I noticed a co-worker wearing the cutest outfit. My first thought was…
"oh man I want that outfit!"
My next thought was…
"that would never fit me, it wouldn't even look right on me."
See what happens there?
Comparison kills Confidence!
When you constantly compare yourself to others, physically, ability, talents, gifts and yes even your parenting it kills your confidence.
Don't do it!!
You have strengths you are not using to the full potential when you do it!
Here is your challenge.
List 10 positive things about yourself and why.
Confidence, knowing that you can rely on and appreciate your own abilities.
But most of all….KNOW IT!