G10 Glasgow Share Confidence Tips
GLASGOW, UK, December 2013 – Sometimes when you are about to run a key meeting, a critical presentation or pitch a new product all you need is a quick dose of confidence.
While true confidence takes time to develop (because true confidence is based on incremental, steady success), fortunately there are ways you can quickly overcome your anxiety and nerves and perform well:
Burn off some chemical stress. When you feel anxious or stressed you produce cortisol which heightens your emotions, limits your creativity, and reduces your ability to process complex information. When you're "high" on cortisol you get tunnel vision just like you do when you're startled or scared. So: Burn off excess cortisol with exercise. Take a walk at lunch or work out before you leave for work.
Eat the right "last" meal. Dopamine and epinephrine are two chemicals that help regulate mental alertness. Both are found in tyrosine, which is an amino acid found in proteins. So: Simply make sure you include some type of protein in your pre-game meal. And don't wait until the last minute to fuel up--the last thing most of us want to do when we're nervous is eat a healthy meal.
Prepare for a few "What if?" possibilities. The "What if?" stuff might be your biggest worry. Fear of the unknown is a confidence killer--and can quickly spiral out of control. So: Think about a few of the worst things that can happen and create a plan to deal with those things. You'll feel more confident because you will have transformed, "What if?" into the much more positive, "Okay, then I will..." Plus simply going through the exercise of planning for different scenarios will make you better prepared to think on your feet and adapt if the unexpected does occur.
Think past your lucky socks. Superstitions are a vain attempt to control uncertainty or fear. Wearing lucky socks doesn't really make anyone perform better. So: Instead of creating a superstition, create a pattern that helps you prepare and emotionally centre yourself. Pick certain actions you will perform--actions that are actually beneficial and not just based on superstition--
Whatever your goal, instead of losing all faith in yourself and your mission, be ready to transition to that goal. If things aren't turning out the way you hope you'll still be able to stay confident--and keep moving forward.
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