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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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Last Updated on August 16, 2018

10 Ways To Step Out Of Your Comfort Zone And Enjoy Taking Risks

10 Ways To Step Out Of Your Comfort Zone And Enjoy Taking Risks

The ability to take risks by stepping outside your comfort zone is the primary way by which we grow. But we are often afraid to take that first step.

In truth, comfort zones are not really about comfort, they are about fear. Break the chains of fear to get outside. Once you do, you will learn to enjoy the process of taking risks and growing in the process.

Here are 10 ways to help you step out of your comfort zone and get closer to success:

1. Become aware of what’s outside of your comfort zone

What are the things that you believe are worth doing but are afraid of doing yourself because of the potential for disappointment or failure?

Draw a circle and write those things down outside the circle. This process will not only allow you to clearly identify your discomforts, but your comforts. Write identified comforts inside the circle.

2. Become clear about what you are aiming to overcome

Take the list of discomforts and go deeper. Remember, the primary emotion you are trying to overcome is fear.

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How does this fear apply uniquely to each situation? Be very specific.

Are you afraid of walking up to people and introducing yourself in social situations? Why? Is it because you are insecure about the sound of your voice? Are you insecure about your looks?

Or, are you afraid of being ignored?

3. Get comfortable with discomfort

One way to get outside of your comfort zone is to literally expand it. Make it a goal to avoid running away from discomfort.

Let’s stay with the theme of meeting people in social settings. If you start feeling a little panicked when talking to someone you’ve just met, try to stay with it a little longer than you normally would before retreating to comfort. If you stay long enough and practice often enough, it will start to become less uncomfortable.

4. See failure as a teacher

Many of us are so afraid of failure that we would rather do nothing than take a shot at our dreams.

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Begin to treat failure as a teacher. What did you learn from the experience? How can you take that lesson to your next adventure to increase your chance of success?

Many highly successful people failed plenty of times before they succeeded. Here’re some examples:

10 Famous Failures to Success Stories That Will Inspire You to Carry On

5. Take baby steps

Don’t try to jump outside your comfort zone, you will likely become overwhelmed and jump right back in.

Take small steps toward the fear you are trying to overcome. If you want to do public speaking, start by taking every opportunity to speak to small groups of people. You can even practice with family and friends.

Take a look at this article on how you can start taking baby steps:

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The Number One Secret to Life Success: Baby Steps

6. Hang out with risk takers

There is no substitute for this step. If you want to become better at something, you must start hanging out with the people who are doing what you want to do and start emulating them. (Here’re 8 Reasons Why Risk Takers Are More Likely To Be Successful).

Almost inevitably, their influence will start have an effect on your behavior.

7. Be honest with yourself when you are trying to make excuses

Don’t say “Oh, I just don’t have the time for this right now.” Instead, be honest and say “I am afraid to do this.”

Don’t make excuses, just be honest. You will be in a better place to confront what is truly bothering you and increase your chance of moving forward.

8. Identify how stepping out will benefit you

What will the ability to engage in public speaking do for your personal and professional growth? Keep these potential benefits in mind as motivations to push through fear.

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9. Don’t take yourself too seriously

Learn to laugh at yourself when you make mistakes. Risk taking will inevitably involve failure and setbacks that will sometimes make you look foolish to others. Be happy to roll with the punches when others poke fun.

If you aren’t convinced yet, check out these 6 Reasons Not to Take Life So Seriously.

10. Focus on the fun

Enjoy the process of stepping outside your safe boundaries. Enjoy the fun of discovering things about yourself that you may not have been aware of previously.

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