Life tools: fake it ’til you make it How to go from wobbler to war­rior

When you’re in need of a con­fi­dence boost, there are ways to chan­nel your in­ner war­rior. Sharon Walker shares the se­crets to suc­cess

Woman & Home - - Editor’s Letter -

It’s that magic in­gre­di­ent that gets most hu­man en­deav­ours off the ground. With it you can shoot for the stars. With­out it, op­por­tu­ni­ties can fiz­zle out faster than damp fire­works. It’s frus­trat­ing then that con­fi­dence is of­ten such an elu­sive qual­ity, es­pe­cially for women.

“We tend to doubt our­selves more and un­der­es­ti­mate our own abil­i­ties,” be­lieves lead­er­ship ex­pert Margie War­rell, who says that con­fi­dence breeds more con­fi­dence. “It’s a snow­ball ef­fect: if you’re con­fi­dent enough to walk into a room and in­tro­duce your­self, for in­stance, you’ll learn things from it and get feed­back that af­firms you. Then you can try some­thing big­ger next time.”

It doesn’t help that we’re wired dif­fer­ently from men. One study sug­gests that women have 30% more neu­rons fir­ing in some parts of the brain at any given mo­ment, which is use­ful for mul­ti­task­ing but also means we’re prone to over­think. Men also have the ad­van­tage of more testos­terone to boost nat­u­ral con­fi­dence.

Thank­fully, con­fi­dence is a life tool that can be learnt. Read on to find out how you can build, ra­di­ate and gen­uinely feel more con­fi­dent…

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