Regain Your Mojo
Have You Ever Experienced a Confidence Shaking Moment?
We've all been there.
You're about to deliver a high stakes presentation, negotiate an important contract, or make a bold recommendation. It's the culmination of all your hard work and preparation. Then, almost instantaneously, something or someone throws you off track. All of your self confidence is now quickly replaced by fear or anxiety - at the worst. possible. moment.
Regaining Your Mojo
It's amazing how quickly and easily we empower other people or external situations to change our state, influencing how we feel, think, and ultimately, act.
As difficult as these moments are, you can't afford to let them get the best of you. Your credibility is at stake, and you need practical tools to quickly get back on track.
Four Steps To Regain Your Mojo
1. REFRAME YOUR THINKING
Ask yourself, "What could be good about this situation?" Focus your attention on the opportunities that will arise rather than what you fear will happen. Example, if someone senior walks into the room, rather than thinking, "I am going to fail in front of this person," reframe it to, "I have an opportunity to showcase my knowledge in front of this person."
2. CHECK IN WITH YOUR BODY
Tune in to the sensations in your body (e.g., feel your feet on the floor, the temperature of your hands, the pace at which your heart is beating). Why? Because noticing what is happening in your body keeps you in the present moment - not in the future, where your fear lives. This helps you move through the feeling and let it pass.
3. FIZZ IT UP
Changing your physiology helps change how you feel. Research shows that by doing things like smiling, pulling your shoulders back and your head up not only conveys more confidence to others - it actually changes how you feel on the inside. So, "fizz it up" to feel more confident and powerful.
4. DON'T OVERTHINK IT
To a certain degree, nerves can be useful, if we channel them in the right way. The more we resist feeling nervous, the more they get the best of us and the harder it becomes to cope in the moment. Acknowledge the nerves, welcome the adrenaline and just keep breathing.
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