All of us have situations in our lives that challenge our confidence. Whether it’s giving a presentation at work, speaking honestly in a relationship, or going all-out for your goals, lack of self-confidence makes you shrink into far less than your true potential.
Fortunately, research shows that mentally rehearsing confident thoughts, feelings, and behaviors grows the mental-emotional circuits associated with confidence. This primes you to be confident in real life situations. Meditation is a great way to practice mental rehearsal.
You can use the following mini meditation before entering any situation that would usually challenge you or make you anxious or afraid. You can also use this meditation to grow a reliable baseline experience of complete confidence. We’ll practice increasing your confidence in three steps:
1. Shift into a relaxed, positive state.
2. Listen for inner guidance related to a low-confidence situation.
3. Mentally rehearse positive, confident thoughts, images, feelings, and actions related to a situation which normally challenges your confidence.
To prepare for this meditation, I’d like you to choose one low-confidence situation that you would like to shift. Call to mind the environment in which your confidence is challenged, any people involved, and how you normally feel at that moment.
Next, recall a time when you had high confidence. This can be any time that you’ve felt positive, happy, or empowered. Call to mind the environment, any people involved, and how you felt at that time.
If remembering a high-confidence moment is challenging for you, no worries. We’ll begin the meditation by generating relaxed, positive, empowered feelings in your body.
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