Confidence at Work: Your Inner Superhero

You all know I'm not a fan of acting 'as if.'  

It's usually the first thing people try when trying to get over their lack of confidence. 

"Just do it!" they tell themselves.  

"Just BE confident."

If it were easy, you'd have already done it.

Oh, don't get me wrong.  Acting 'as if' works...for about 4 minutes.

Until you forget, or something happens to send you back to the comfortable feelings of self-doubt or negative self-talk. 

Those habits are a well worn groove in your behavior.

But what if you have to, say, give a presentation in a meeting?  Or meet the CEO?  Or...some other situation in which you could really benefit from a shot of courage.

Enter...the superhero pose.


How it works:  stand up, feet shoulder-width apart, straighten your spine, put your shoulders back, jut out your chin, and put your hands in fists resting just behind your hip bones.  Close your eyes and take a deep breath.  Imagine you're wearing a flowy cape.  Say your mantra to yourself.  Or just say "I will do great.  I will do great."  Or "I AM great." Anything present- or future-tense that brings positive anticipation to the moment.


That's it.  You're going to feel silly doing it.  That's a given. 

But that passes. 

And it works.

It's hard to feel timid or weak when your posture tells you (and others) you're strong.

Try it.