Bookmark Website  | Free Registration  | The Team
The Lounge  | Champions  | The Wire |  Schedule |  Audio  |  Arcade  |  The Top Ten  |  Historical  |  Email  |  Video

How to Exude More Confidence


Confidence: The word conjures up images of self-assurance and belief in ones' self. Self-confidence is inward security. It basically means that your source of security comes from within yourself, you're confident in your integrity to your own value system. It is not congruent with doubt or fear.

I think that Franklin D. Roosevelt hit the nail on the head when he said, "Confidence thrives only on honesty, on honor, on the sacredness of obligations, on faithful protection and on unselfish performance. Without them, it cannot live."

Confidence is not to be found outside of one's self, it is not an inherent part of your personality when you are born, but rather is something that can be learned, honed and integrated into your daily behavior. We build or lose self-confidence by choice. It is something that can be destroyed by a parent, teacher, sibling or colleague by a thoughtless offhand remark that is taken to heart and integrated into the psyche of the receiver. Often the event passes quickly and neither the giver nor the receiver is even aware of what has happened. This occurs whether it is used to build one up or break one down.

Luckily, if you have low self-esteem or a lack of confidence you can find the direction to build up these skills through a motivation to do so. Sound simple? Well it is. You see, since confidence comes from the inside out, you can begin by acting as if you are self-confident. Begin with something small, pretend that you are confident and just do whatever it is that you lack confidence in.

The first time I had to speak before an audience, I was terrified. So I did my research, prepared my speech, practiced and (yep, I was still scared stiff). But, because I knew the material I only had to overcome the fear of getting up in front of the audience. Well, after I was introduced, I had no other option but to go through with it. So, I stepped up to the podium and acted as if I was a great speaker and when I completed my speech, someone said "wow you're such a confident speaker" and I realized that the audience couldn't tell that I had butterflies in my stomach the whole time. I decided to use the "act as if" strategy whenever I needed to feel confident and as time passed, I found my confidence grew.

Remind yourself of what Joe Palermo said, "If you're knocked down, you can't lose your guts. You need to act with supreme confidence or else you'll lose again, and then losing becomes a habit." It doesn't matter what your circumstances are, what's important is that you are in control of how you respond and react to each situation you are faced with.

In my book, "Self-Creation: 10 Powerful Principles for Changing Your Life," I recommend using the 4-step coping mechanism to build confidence. Whatever you are facing, begin by contemplating and analyzing the situation. Next, incubate it, step back and reflect, but don't make a decision yet. Then actuate, consider ways to restructure the situation, hold it up to the light and look for the opportunity in it. Finally, integrate; incorporate the new behavior in your daily actions and you will build your confidence.

As Marie Curie said, "Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and, above all, confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something, and that this something, at whatever cost, must be attained."

Remember what Eleanor Roosevelt said, "You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face."

So, believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers, you cannot be successful or happy.

Yvonne F. Brown is an internationally recognized trainer, speaker, author, personal motivation, inspiration, and empowerment expert. Author of "Self Creation: 10 Powerful Principles for Changing Your Life" Yvonne helps people to eliminate self-sabotage, stop self-limiting beliefs and reach their highest potential. She teaches how to accelerate personal performance and career fulfillment for workgroups and individuals everywhere. Her new book "Ethics, Choice and Leadership" will be available later this year. To learn more visit her website JAD Communications International. and subscribe to the Pathways to Abounding Inspirations newsletter.


MORE RESOURCES:

TBO.com

Rays reliever Balfour not lacking for motivation
TBO.com
Balfour's motivation to bounce back this season is fueled by the way his dad suffered during his final months, living longer than doctors thought he would, and by the memory of how David introduced Grant to baseball and helped mold a career that has ...

and more »


KSL.com

Wilson's injury leaves Utah gymnastics 'fired up' with motivation
KSL.com
As the Red Rocks prepare for the regional meet, they are using Wilson's absence as motivation. “We are pretty fired up. We lost an important person for the rest of the year. Without a doubt, we have plenty of motivation to finish the rest of the season ...



azcentral.com

Arizona Coyotes' Cunningham has no shortage of motivation
azcentral.com
Forward Craig Cunningham is one of a handful of players currently with the Coyotes hoping to stand out enough to warrant a job offer after this season. Loading… Post to Facebook. Arizona Coyotes' Cunningham has no shortage of motivation Forward Craig ...



3News NZ

Clarke resignation extra motivation for Aussies
3News NZ
The Black Caps and Australia have both just received some extra motivation heading into tomorrow's World Cup final at the MCG in Melbourne. Michael Clarke dropped a bombshell at this afternoon's media conference when he said it would be his last ODI ...
Black caps should do it for Martin Crowe!India.com
Brendon McCullum: We're playing for youNew Zealand Herald
Why Indian Cricket Fans Will Support New ZealandWall Street Journal (blog)
Sportskeeda -Firstpost -Cricket Country
all 1,681 news articles »


Huffington Post

Internal vs. External Motivation: How to Build an Exercise Routine You'll Stick To
Huffington Post
And the reason we enjoy it is highly dependent on where our motivation to run comes from. If you've ever struggled to stick to a fitness plan -- or any plan, really -- the solution could be as simple as channeling your motivation from the right source ...



Storm begin season, and hometown players have extra motivation
TBO.com
Second-year Storm coach Lawrence Samuels, an AFL Hall of Famer, knows how motivating it is for players to have friends and family watching. “One of the guys is James Harrell,” Samuels said. “He stands out as one of the guys who plays here in his ...

and more »


Irish Times

Germanwings crash: Focus on co-pilot's motivation
Irish Times
The investigation into the crash of Germanwings flight 9525 has shifted radically from possible technical or mechanical failure to the psychology of Andreas Lubitz, the 28-year-old German co-pilot whom the Marseille prosecutor Brice Robin yesterday ...
Germanwings co-pilot crashed the plane without apparent terrorist motivationLa prensa
Germanwings co-pilot no stranger to crash site areaCBS News
More details about German pilot revealed as crash investigation continuesTheNewsTribune.com
Fox News -CityNews
all 7,849 news articles »


Lifehacker Australia

The Four Motivation Types And How They Affect Your Habits
Lifehacker Australia
Questioners are motivated by reason and need to fully understand the expectation and feel it's justified. Obligers are people pleasers; they will do stuff for everyone else but not for themselves. Rebels resist expectations and work toward goals based ...

and more »


MLSsoccer.com

FC Dallas hope to use "a little extra motivation" in Saturday's playoff ...
MLSsoccer.com
“So there's a little extra motivation, a little extra energy this week in training.” MORE: FCD winger Ryan Hollingshead hopes to return to lineup after star turns as sub. But that hardly means Dallas are intimidated by the defending Supporters' Shield ...

and more »


Northampton Chronicle & Echo

Wilder: No motivation required for Luton clash
Northampton Chronicle & Echo
“They don't need any motivation, it's a fantastic game of football to be involved with and they won't need the result earlier in the season to motivate them,” said Wilder. “We haven't had a problem with motivation, it's been with giving away too many ...

and more »

Google News


Advertisement



Section Site Map - Submit News - Feedback - Comments - Advertise with Us

Copyright 2006 Luminati Inc. All rights reserved.