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How to appear confident and successful…even if you aren’t – yet!

[WisP level=”not_logged_in”]Whether you are a entrepreneur that is just starting out or you are climbing the corporate ladder, it is critically important for you to appear to be the kind of successful person that you are aiming to be. You know the old expression that people should dress for the job they want rather than the job that they have? …


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Whether you are a entrepreneur that is just starting out or you are climbing the corporate ladder, it is critically important for you to appear to be the kind of successful person that you are aiming to be. You know the old expression that people should dress for the job they want rather than the job that they have? The same idea applies to entrepreneurs, except that it is their whole attitude that must change, not just the clothes.

In sports, it’s well known that attitude is just as important as ability and many technically brilliant sportspeople who fail to control their state of mind often fail to achieve the kind of succes they want.

In the classic book, ‘The Inner Game of Tennis’ by Timothy Galwey, the technical ability to play the sport was known as the ‘outer game’, i.e. what other people see, and the sportsperson’s state of mind eas the ‘inner game’. In the same way, to succeed in business one must work diligently to overcome the negative states of mind that cause them undue stress and distraction. Here are some tips to do exactly that:

  • Identify the things that upset your confidence. Maybe this is the friends and family who do not understand what you are doing professionally and tease you about it. Maybe you are still learning some of the technical aspects of what you do. Whatever the case, once you realize what these things are, distance yourself from them as much as possible. 
  • Actively manage your subconscious state of mind by changing your habits. Learn to use more positive language on a consistent basis, and develop ‘anchors’. An anchor is a frequently repeated activity (such as putting on glasses, putting your hand in your pocket) that reminds you to think positively whenever you perform it. 
  • Practice projecting a confident image with proper posture, voice control, and body language.

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