Visualization Exercise: Building Confidence –
Many people would like to experience better levels of confidence.
Whether you need more body confidence, confidence in interviews, confidence in relationships, or career confidence, I’m sure there’s an area of your life that could do with a confidence boost.
But, what if you could use the power of visualization and mental imagery to enable your brain to allow you to be confident in that situation?
Studies in mental imagery have shown that the brain cannot distinguish from a real or an imagined picture. The same chemicals release and the same electrical activity displays in the brain, whether we are visualizing something or actually doing it.
Repetition Creates a Belief –
A repeated thought, or feeling, can actually become a belief over time. Have you ever been constantly thinking about a particular outcome in a positive sense that you actually felt good about it?
What I mean is that you can actually train your mind to be confident.
It’s similar to the well-known conditioning experiment, Pavlov’s dogs, whereby every time they fed the dogs, the researchers rang a bell at the same time. After repeated times of doing this, just ringing the bell would make the dogs salivate. It was an unconscious response to something that had been neurologically linked in their mindset – the association between food and the bell.
Making the Connection –
Imagine if you could make similar connections between confidence and getting that job for example, or every time you looked at your body you automatically feel good.
Of course, like in the experiment, this takes a bit of time, but the great thing is you will feel in control of your confidence, rather than the other way around.
Here are 5 Ways to Visualize Yourself as Confident:
Think of A Time You Felt Really, Really Confident:
Imagine every detail, as if you were looking through your own eyes. See, hear and feel those great feelings. Squeeze your index finger and thumb together whilst doing this (you may have heard of this technique, which is called anchoring). After several times of doing this, just squeezing your index finger and thumb alone should produce some positive and confident feelings. Use this ‘anchor’ when you are thinking about or in the situation you’d like to have more confidence in.
Visual Mental Rehearsal:
Think of a specific situation in relation to your confidence. For example, if you’d like more confidence in a social situation, imagine yourself there. See it as if it was a movie, seeing yourself laughing and talking easily and effortlessly with others. Visualize this as often as you can, and you can even listen to some upbeat music, so you feel good when you’re imagining.
Get into the Physiology of Confidence:
Think of someone you know who is really confident. Vividly imagine how their posture looks, how they carry themselves, how they walk and talk, how loud they speak, how they sit, how they greet people. Now, get yourself into consciously training your body to act in the same way. Keep a mental check on yourself and change your posture, your tone of voice, your body language. Just simple changes can give you an instant confidence boost anywhere.
Eliminate Self-Doubt through Auto-Suggestion:
You know how powerful adverts are? That’s because they deliver a repeated message which sinks into our unconscious mind. You can create messages to yourself and continually reaffirm them when visualizing. It can be something as simple as ‘I conduct my presentation with ease and confidence.’ You can say the phrase out loud or imagine that you’re saying it to them and see yourself feeling good.
Increase Self-Esteem by Focusing on Appreciation:
People who have higher self-esteem and self-worth usually have higher levels of confidence, so when you visualize yourself in that situation, focus on that you as a friend, someone you would like to help and encourage. Allow that you to begin to appreciate all of the amazing qualities of you. For example, if you would like more dating confidence, imagine seeing yourself through the eyes of someone who loves you and admires you. Focus on all of your strengths and imagine what your future partner may appreciate and love about you.
What helps you feel confident? Do you have any visualization tips that were not mentioned above? Please share them with us in the comments section below!
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Moira Hutchison is a Mindset Cultivator, Energy Healer, and Tarot Card Reader. Her specialties range from helping people with broad goals such as accepting change, life planning, and personal balance, to specific goals like gaining motivation and overcoming issues such as procrastination, excess stress and self-sabotage.