Cultivating confidence in the face of a challenge is one of the most important things we can do to create a fit mind and body. Having confidence is like having a silent superpower that plays a key role in success. In fact, legendary psychologist Albert Bandura found that a person's view of their ability profoundly influenced their success and higher levels of self confidence are associated with superior performance.
So, if confidence critical to success, why don't we all have it in spades? Enter pesky culprits like perfectionism, fear, self-doubt, guilt, shame, and liming beliefs. These feelings are like kryptonite to confidence, they can hold us back and limit our thought patterns. However, research on brain plasticity shows that our brain physically changes in response to new experiences, thought patterns, and behaviours - which means that we can actually re-wire our brains to think differently and cultivate confidence.
Building confidence may sound easier said than done, and feeling confident might seem like a daunting task at times; however, the good news is that just like you can hit the gym to build strength, confidence is like a muscle - you can use it over and over again, and it will grow stronger and stronger. There are many proven ways to boost confidence:
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