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7 Surprising Tricks To Deceive Your Mind And Be More Confident

7 Surprising Tricks To Deceive Your Mind And Be More Confident

We all need confidence to achieve our goals and go after those things we want. Yet many feel that this skill or quality belong to those who are born with it. Well, this is not true. The quality of being confident is teachable. Since we are humans and the survival gene is in all of us, there is no limitation to learning anything. Here are some hacks that can improve and deceive you to become more confident.

1. Get out of your comfort zone

Performing the same routine every day has a way of dulling our senses. But if we step out of our zones we are likely to expand in our thoughts. Learn to avoid getting trapped and keeping yourself in a comfort zone.

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Interestingly we can expand our horizons by releasing ourselves from the cocoon of repeating the same process over and over again. There is a certain rush that overwhelms us when we try to do something that terrifies us, something different. However doing these things offers us a new perspective and improves our confidence when we try to accomplish them.

2. Work out, exercise and sweat it out

There is something about trying to stay fit and exercising, it gives your body the energy it needs and fills it with endorphins that improves your self-image. Attaining confidence isn’t only what exercising offers you, it’s also a productivity hack. Do a super-efficient work-out that allows you to sweat and release all the negative energy within you.

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3. Bounce back from your failures

Many people are afraid of failing or making mistakes. But most times it is not failures that placate us, rather it is the ability not to bounce back from failures. While you may feel hesitant about giving an objective another shot, you should learn that bouncing from your failures is beneficial to your confidence.

4. Become overconfident

There is nothing wrong in faking it till you make it. According to a study , deceiving yourself by believing that you are extra confident will actually make you more confident. The deceit of acting confident when things are working against you actually puts you in a pole position to act accordingly. Learn to optimize your confidence by being in the right environment, and being around the right people. Some ways you can learn to boost your confidence is by joining a support group or associating with individuals who are confident.

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5. Get plenty of rest

Eating right and getting enough sleep helps to improve your mood and effectiveness. Having enough rest comforts you and prepares you for situations that can be discomforting. By simply scheduling, prioritizing and valuing what matters, it puts you in a position to be more confident and less anxious.

6. Do not reveal your goals to anyone.

According to a study, people who revealed their goal to someone actually reduced their motivation to accomplish such goals. The best approach is to keep your goals a secret and wait for the actual success of reaching these goals. By meeting with your objectives you naturally build more confidence. Don’t push yourself too hard, rather focus on the strategies and work that requires to get it done. You don’t need to make yourself accountable for anyone or put pressure on yourself, rather build your confidence by staying focused and keeping your goals as a secret.

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7. Improve your posture

How you walk and face up to the world can affect your confidence. Rather than slouch, sit up straight. Rather than fold your arms, open them up. how we express ourselves with a non-verbal action can determine how we think and feel about ourselves. Such impressions on our mind can be altered if we start walking the walk and talking the talk. Some power posing for a few minutes before a high-anxiety situation can do well to alleviate your confidence.

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Easily Misunderstood by Others? 6 Barriers You Should Overcome to Make Communication Less Frustrating

Easily Misunderstood by Others? 6 Barriers You Should Overcome to Make Communication Less Frustrating

How often have you said something simple, only to have the person who you said this to misunderstand it or twist the meaning completely around? Nodding your head in affirmative? Then this means that you are being unclear in your communication.

Communication should be simple, right? It’s all about two people or more talking and explaining something to the other. The problem lies in the talking itself, somehow we end up being unclear, and our words, attitude or even the way of talking becomes a barrier in communication, most of the times unknowingly. We give you six common barriers to communication, and how to get past them; for you to actually say what you mean, and or the other person to understand it as well…

The 6 Walls You Need to Break Down to Make Communication Effective

Think about it this way, a simple phrase like “what do you mean” can be said in many different ways and each different way would end up “communicating” something else entirely. Scream it at the other person, and the perception would be anger. Whisper this is someone’s ear and others may take it as if you were plotting something. Say it in another language, and no one gets what you mean at all, if they don’t speak it… This is what we mean when we say that talking or saying something that’s clear in your head, many not mean that you have successfully communicated it across to your intended audience – thus what you say and how, where and why you said it – at times become barriers to communication.[1]

Perceptual Barrier

The moment you say something in a confrontational, sarcastic, angry or emotional tone, you have set up perceptual barriers to communication. The other person or people to whom you are trying to communicate your point get the message that you are disinterested in what you are saying and sort of turn a deaf ear. In effect, you are yelling your point across to person who might as well be deaf![2]

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The problem: When you have a tone that’s not particularly positive, a body language that denotes your own disinterest in the situation and let your own stereotypes and misgivings enter the conversation via the way you talk and gesture, the other person perceives what you saying an entirely different manner than say if you said the same while smiling and catching their gaze.

The solution: Start the conversation on a positive note, and don’t let what you think color your tone, gestures of body language. Maintain eye contact with your audience, and smile openly and wholeheartedly…

Attitudinal Barrier

Some people, if you would excuse the language, are simply badass and in general are unable to form relationships or even a common point of communication with others, due to their habit of thinking to highly or too lowly of them. They basically have an attitude problem – since they hold themselves in high esteem, they are unable to form genuine lines of communication with anyone. The same is true if they think too little of themselves as well.[3]

The problem: If anyone at work, or even in your family, tends to roam around with a superior air – anything they say is likely to be taken by you and the others with a pinch, or even a bag of salt. Simply because whenever they talk, the first thing to come out of it is their condescending attitude. And in case there’s someone with an inferiority complex, their incessant self-pity forms barriers to communication.

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The solution: Use simple words and an encouraging smile to communicate effectively – and stick to constructive criticism, and not criticism because you are a perfectionist. If you see someone doing a good job, let them know, and disregard the thought that you could have done it better. It’s their job so measure them by industry standards and not your own.

Language Barrier

This is perhaps the commonest and the most inadvertent of barriers to communication. Using big words, too much of technical jargon or even using just the wrong language at the incorrect or inopportune time can lead to a loss or misinterpretation of communication. It may have sounded right in your head and to your ears as well, but if sounded gobbledygook to the others, the purpose is lost.

The problem: Say you are trying to explain a process to the newbies and end up using every technical word and industry jargon that you knew – your communication has failed if the newbie understood zilch. You have to, without sounding patronizing, explain things to someone in the simplest language they understand instead of the most complex that you do.

The solution: Simplify things for the other person to understand you, and understand it well. Think about it this way: if you are trying to explain something scientific to a child, you tone it down to their thinking capacity, without “dumbing” anything down in the process.[4]

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Emotional Barrier

Sometimes, we hesitate in opening our mouths, for fear of putting our foot in it! Other times, our emotional state is so fragile that we keep it and our lips zipped tightly together lest we explode. This is the time that our emotions become barriers to communication.[5]

The problem: Say you had a fight at home and are on a slow boil, muttering, in your head, about the injustice of it all. At this time, you have to give someone a dressing down over their work performance. You are likely to transfer at least part of your angst to the conversation then, and talk about unfairness in general, leaving the other person stymied about what you actually meant!

The solution: Remove your emotions and feelings to a personal space, and talk to the other person as you normally would. Treat any phobias or fears that you have and nip them in the bud so that they don’t become a problem. And remember, no one is perfect.

Cultural Barrier

Sometimes, being in an ever-shrinking world means that inadvertently, rules can make cultures clash and cultural clashes can turn into barriers to communication. The idea is to make your point across without hurting anyone’s cultural or religious sentiments.

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The problem: There are so many ways culture clashes can happen during communication and with cultural clashes; it’s not always about ethnicity. A non-smoker may have problems with smokers taking breaks; an older boss may have issues with younger staff using the Internet too much.

The solution: Communicate only what is necessary to get the point across – and eave your personal sentiments or feelings out of it. Try to be accommodative of the other’s viewpoint, and in case you still need to work it out, do it one to one, to avoid making a spectacle of the other person’s beliefs.[6]

Gender Barrier

Finally, it’s about Men from Mars and Women from Venus. Sometimes, men don’t understand women and women don’t get men – and this gender gap throws barriers in communication. Women tend to take conflict to their graves, literally, while men can move on instantly. Women rely on intuition, men on logic – so inherently, gender becomes a big block in successful communication.[7]

The problem: A male boss may inadvertently rub his female subordinates the wrong way with anti-feminism innuendoes, or even have problems with women taking too many family leaves. Similarly, women sometimes let their emotions get the better of them, something a male audience can’t relate to.

The solution: Talk to people like people – don’t think or classify them into genders and then talk accordingly. Don’t make comments or innuendos that are gender biased – you don’t have to come across as an MCP or as a bra-burning feminist either. Keep gender out of it.

And remember, the key to successful communication is simply being open, making eye contact and smiling intermittently. The battle is usually half won when you say what you mean in simple, straightforward words and keep your emotions out of it.

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