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Occasionally you’ll hear a little voice giving you a reason of self-doubt. Don’t listen to it, shut it down immediately! Don’t allow negative self-talk to get in your way of peak performance, success and happiness. If you decide to not shut it down, the voice will get louder and louder and soon you’ll believe it.
The lack of confidence with-in can turn into self-doubt which can turn into fear, it’s just a vicious cycle. Fear will hold you back in life, business, sports, relationships…etc.
To get ahead, we can’t play it safe all the time. We must try to get out of our comfort zone and prove to ourselves we are worth more and capable of reaching a higher level of achievement.
When you’re in a situation and hear that negativity, switch to positive self-talk such as:
*I can do this
*I will do this
*I’m worth it
*I’m better than that
*I’m better than you
*I got this
Go after what you want, keep your focus on the positive outcome to help you get out of the self-doubt funk.
Before verbalizing a comment, a statement, showing a reaction or posting on social media do you stop and ask yourself how your words can affect others? Or will such words come back and bite you “in the you know what” down the road (as this happens too many, just turn on the news)? Are you a “speak now and apologize later” type of person?
Because we are quick to speak based on the current state of emotion, it’s easy to express something that may be harmful to self or others without even thinking twice. Ask yourself, “Will my words change the outcome?” “Will my words make the situation better or worse?” “Should I cool off before responding?”
How and what we say will not only affect our spirit but also the people and love ones around us.
When we speak out of emotion, it’s our Limbic system (emotional brain) reacting. It understands black and white, no other shades. Therefore, one must hold a strong enough mindset to be aware and cautions before reacting.
You deserve to take the time to analyze your thoughts. We all have the God-given free will to speak our minds, however, you also have strength and courage, enough to control anything that may be harmful and lead to a toxic situation. Find this exercise as an opportunity to be the bigger better person, a sign of personal growth and maturity.
As an adult, it’s difficult to control our emotions and mindset. Think about how hard it must be for athletic teens or young adults, who play a sport they enjoy, appreciate, and passionate for, handle themselves in stressful situations. Such as going up against the number one competitor, striking out multiple times, missing the winning goal or fumbling the ball. Not to mention all the crazy hormonal changes they are enduring. How can such chaos be controlled, how can the mind think clearly when there’s so much going on in there?
My older son, who plays club baseball, faced an emotional struggle in a few of his games which decreased his performance. I noticed how it was eating him up and couldn’t shake it off. As a parent, we always want to protect our children from any harmful feelings, no matter how old they may be. I knew his frustration wasn’t something I could take away; however, I found it as an opportunity for me to coach him on how he can control his emotions, no matter the situation, by practicing Mental Edge techniques with him on a consistent basis.
By having such advantage, one can reach full potential in their overall performance. To have a healthy and positive mindset, one must learn how to control their attitude, focus, learn how to channel energy, control the internal critic we all have and don’t allow distractions to take you off the path.
The attitude you express is the choice you make, bad or good, it’s a choice. Our attitude is the essential aspect that will determine if we take back control and move forward or do we make no effort at all. If one chooses a negative, poor attitude, it will work against them and hold them back from peak performance. Attitudes trigger emotions, emotions influence overall performance.
The level of concentration will reflect overall focus ability. What you choose to focus on will have an enormous impact on the results one wants to produce. Immense focus leads to a high level of performance.
Direct the energy on which steps can be made to move forward, allowing opportunities. Shut off the little voice that may create doubt in the mind.
Having a strong mental edge over the opponent will always make you the Champion. Ask yourself; is mental training just as important as technique, for young aspiring athletes?
How great would it feel for Mind, Body, and Technique to become one! Performance and Mental Training Coaching can help our younger generation be physically and mentally healthy and prepare them for what life brings.
You worked hard to put together a stellar resume. And now you have an interview for a job that could change your life. There is no denying how important this moment is for you. But there is just one problem: You are anxious about how to blow your prospective employer away.
You are not alone, and what you are feeling is completely normal. Below are three tips to help you build your confidence, overcome your nerves, and perform on point in your interview.
P and P
One good method to boost your confidence is to plan and prepare. There are many things to consider when planning and preparing for an interview, like the following:
Drive to the location of your interview ahead of time so that you know where it is and can avoid being late. If you cannot do this, then figure out multiple ways of getting there, and be sure to know where to park.
Do your research on the company.
Write down answers to questions you anticipate, and rehearse your answers, even if it is just the key points.
Create a cheat sheet of things that you want to highlight in your interview so that it is in front of you to glance at as you take notes.
· Lay out your clothes the night before so that you start to get into the right mindset. And be sure to get great sleep!
In all of this preparation and planning, it is easy to lose sight of the big picture and stay in the right mindset. Instead of worrying about every little detail come interview day, focus on staying calm and on the big picture. Below are some things to keep in mind as your interview nears:
You are interviewing them to see if they are a good fit for you, too. You are making a choice at the end of this process, and this is not your only opportunity.
You are prepared and will dominate your interview.
Your eggs are not all in one basket. Your skill set allows you to seek multiple opportunities.
This interview is not a critique of you as a person. No matter what happens, you are still awesome!
Proper Practice with Maximum Effort Equals Results
Work out any kinks in your presentation and hone in on potential answers by using a mirror, practicing on the treadmill, asking a friend to be the interviewer, or recording yourself on video. Doing these things will build your confidence, and come interview time, you will be able to slow down and come across as professional and polished. In addition, be sure to practice your eye contact, handshake, and body language.
Yes, interviews are nerve-racking. But if you practice the tips mentioned in this article, you will gain the necessary confidence before even setting foot in the interview room. Congratulations on your interview. Now, get to work!
Self-awareness is said to be one of the hallmarks of success in business. How you portray yourself through actions and behaviors in business settings plays a vital role in your professional achievement. What’s more important is to have an understanding how body language, actions, and behaviors that you exude is perceived by others. Your self-awareness will help identify and improve areas where you can make changes to certain body language signals. Awareness of body expression can make significant differences in your overall success.
1. Listening skills.
In business interactions, whether it be in meetings or one-on-one conversations, it’s critical for your body language to reflect engagement, interest, and investment in the topic of discussion. This is done by sustaining eye contact, nodding, leaning your body forward if seated at a table. As well as your facial expressions when someone is speaking. These body language cues tell the speaker that you are following the conversation and that you are focused and alert. When relaying effective listening skills, the saying that the eyes are the windows to the soul very much applies. Emotions expressed through eye contact are likely the most critical type of body language indicator when listening to others.
2. Walking the walk.
Your body behavior is a big indicator of your level of confidence. When it comes to business, you want to show competence, composure, and self-assurance. Exuding a confident posture and stride are critical. This is best achieved by keeping your shoulders back and your chin facing slightly upwards but ensuring to keep your body relaxed. You can have great posture, but if you are stiff and uncomfortable, you will appear nervous or unsure of yourself. Confidence is also relayed in walking at a steady pace and not hesitating prior to walking into a room full of business associates or strangers. It is important to enter any professional setting with your head held high and your gaze set on the other individuals in the room.
3. Hands and arms can say a lot.
Oftentimes, body communication can be interpreted by the placement of arms and hands. Arms crossed in front of the body are a well-known indicator of being insecure or closed off to others; a message that you definitely do not want to relay in your professional interactions. When in doubt, keeping your hands and arms to your sides and maintaining a relaxed posture is your best bet while standing, as hands behind the back can also relay boredom or the lack of confidence. While seated, hands folded in front of you relays a message of openness while it also subtly allows you to stake your claim to the table, as if saying “I’m here, I’m present and I’m ready.”
So the next time you’re getting ready to walk into an interview or meeting, be aware and present of what your body language is saying.