I recently read this article, “How to Fake It When You’re Not Feeling Confident”. I encourage you to take 5 minutes to scan it. Or better yet, take 10 minutes to read it and share it with those around you who might need it.
I believe that we control our own destiny and that 80% of success is mindset. Henry Ford was spot on when he said. “whether you think you can or you think you can’t … you’re right.” I also believe the answer to the question “should you fake it” is a solid YES! in the case of confidence.
The tips and strategies in this article will help you maintain that mindset even when you are not feeling confident. You might be asking, why is this important? Leaders pursue uncharted territories. Your ability to lead people into uncharted territories is in direct proportion to the amount of time you can spend living outside your comfort zone. We are more confident when we are inside our comfort zone, but anyone can live inside their comfort zone. Leaders live outside their comfort zones; they learn to be comfortable with being uncomfortable. [bctt tweet=”Leaders live outside their comfort zones; they learn to be comfortable with being uncomfortable.” username=”markatrisepg”]
When you are confident you will:
- Execute better
- Make better decisions
- Inspire others
When you are less confident, nervous or uncertain you will be more likely to:
- Make mistakes
- Make poor decisions
- Create uncertainty in others
Just changing our physiology, the way we carry our body, can have a significant impact on our confidence level. The right motion creates positive emotion. The author cites an example where the person says, ““I want my presence to be bigger than it is, I pay attention to standing up straight, using hand gestures, and using intonation in my voice to engage people. I notice that it has a big impact on the dynamic and energy in the room.” I have used the exact same strategies my entire professional life. [bctt tweet=”The right motion creates positive emotion.” username=”markatrisepg”]
How has “faking it till you make it” worked for you? Can you see a difference in your performance when you feel more confident? I’d love to hear about your experiences in the comments below.