Ways to Trick Yourself Into Feeling More Confident

Everyone can afford to feel a little more confident. The problem is, most of us have a “natural” confidence level, depending on the situation. But that doesn’t mean you can’t use a few tricks to give yourself an edge. Confidence is a feeling, and like any feeling, it can be manipulated to a degree. These tricks are designed to force yourself to feel more confident

1. Listen to bass-heavy music.
It might annoy you when you hear it but bass-heavy music can actually trick your mind into feeling more confident. In a recent study, job-interview candidates who listened to bass-heavy rap music ended up exhibiting more confidence and performing better than those who didn’t. Presumably, this effect is not limited to rap music; any music with prominent, heavy bass tones can aid you in achieving this effect.

2. Groom yourself.
This one might be obvious. This isn’t about looking better to other people (though it can help); it’s about looking better to yourself. Making yourself more pleasing to your own eyes can make you feel more confident.

3. Take a “power posture.”
Our posture can have a significant effect on our internal dialogue and if harnessed properly, it can be used to trick yourself into feeling more confident. It’s a stance that makes you feel bigger, such as one where you extend your arms over your head in a victory stance or put your hands on your hips with your elbows flared out.

4. Do something you’re good at.
For example, you could play some guitar before driving into work, do some shadow-boxing in the bathroom before an interview or perform a magic trick for one of your coworkers before going on that sales call. This will help you walk in with much greater confidence.

5. Remember a powerful moment.
If you need an extra boost of confidence, visualize yourself in a past moment where you actually did have confidence. For example, imagine yourself hitting that high note in the karaoke bar, or putting your foot down when negotiating the price of your car.

Try these confidence tricks you’ll be amazed at what a difference such a simple set of actions can make. Also keep in mind that these are short-term solutions to help you feel more confident in the moment.

Source : https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/298954