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Portraying Confidence

How easy or difficult is it for you to portray confidence? How might you need to boost your confidence and begin to take action? How easy or difficult is it for you to do this? And does it ever get out of control?

Confidence is linked to almost every element involved in a happy and fulfilling life. The more confident you become, the more you’ll be able to calm the voice inside you that says, “I can’t do it.” You’ll be able to disconnect from your thoughts and take action aligned with your values.

Just like with any other habit, building self-confidence takes time and will feel unnatural at first. Stay the course. Keep working on the small changes that will lead to your best self until they feel second nature.

A word of caution: be careful that your confidence does not increase beyond your level of competence or your self-awareness will go down, and with it your performance. There is a dark side to over-emphasizing confidence. Not only it reduces self-awareness but it also creates a narcissistic culture, and makes humility a rare trait.

Below are some strategies you can use to change your habits of thought and trait to help boost your confidence in a healthy way:

• When facing something that makes you anxious or nervous, try to reframe those feelings as excitement. You may not know the outcome, but you can change the input.

• Look for ways to be more understanding and empathetic to the people in your circles. Try to see deeper.

• If you have tendency to be anxious and worried, give yourself permission to stop. Know when enough is enough and be determined!

Today, I invite you to let your best self shine through. You will experience less fear and anxiety, be more motivated to stretch your abilities, be more resilient, breed deeper empathy, and celebrate your strengths and use them more fully.

Let me know how it goes.

Wishing you continued growth and success.

With gratitude,

Nora Paxton

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