No amount of schooling, studying or financial investment can help one succeed in business if confidence is not present. However, even the most accomplished professionals experience insecurities and other trials to their ego. But according to the Harvard Business Review, these slight lapses in confidence don't have to hinder your career.
Many people shy away from a task or job that they find too difficult of that they may not be good at. But like the old adage says, practice does make perfect. For example, if you have great ideas but you are terrified of presenting them in front of a large group, practice your public speaking in a safe environment. Before a big presentation, try practice your speech several times. You may also want to try some relaxing techniques, such as yoga meditation poses and yoga stretching, to prepare your mind.
"Even people who are confident in their abilities can become more so with better preparation," writes Amy Gallo of the Harvard Business Review.
Confidence can bring a unique challenge in balance for professionals. Sometimes, modesty can hold one back from pursuing opportunities that are a perfect fit, while people who are over-confident risk alienating important business contacts. You must come to terms with the fact that you can't know everything, and that is perfectly acceptable to ask for help when you need it.
According to the Houston Chronicle, setting and achieving short-term and long-term goals can greatly increase one's self-confidence. Each small victory can improve your state of mind, making it easier to achieve larger goals.
For example, if you are uncomfortable talking on the phone, make a point to achieve five phone calls each day rather than dwelling on a monthly call quota. Smaller, more manageable goals can lead to long-term success and added confidence in your abilities.
Taking yoga classes is one of the most popular ways to achieve better holistic health, but there are still many people throughout the country who are hesitant to try the program. They may share some of the common misconceptions associated with yoga – such as the belief that only the most athletic and flexible should participate – or they are simply skeptical about the many benefits of the mind-body regimen.
The Vail Daily reports that a new yoga fundamentals series is launching at the Vail Athletic Club in Colorado. This class is specifically designed for individuals who are new to the regimen, or those who just want to find out what yoga is all about.
The four-week course will be taught by experienced instructor Tara Goike, who will take attendees through the breathing techniques, poses and stretches of the program. The series is designed to bolster confidence and enable participants to feel comfortable in any yoga class, should they choose to continue the regimen in the future.
Choosing to engage in yoga can be an excellent way to reforge the often tenuous connection between the mental and physical aspects of one's health.
Laura K. (Phoenix, Arizona)
Almost a year ago, I began a long journey; I entered the local Dahn Yoga Center with the intent of losing weight.
I started Dahn Yoga Practice on May 18th, 1998. Little did I know the changes in myself that would take place over the next year. When I began the program, I was self-conscious and my low self-esteem caused me to withdraw from the people around me.
When I began doing the daily exercises, I could feel something in me change. I could feel all of the muscles in my body. Through the breathing exercises, I began to feel a big change in my energy level on a daily basis. I also began to enjoy myself at the Center.
I remember one day I came to the Center for lass. I walked in and sat down in my usual spot, the far back corner of the room. This time, before the class began, one of the instructors smiled at me and asked, “Why don’t you move to the front of the classroom?” I must have looked stunned. He encouraged me with his smile and said, “How will you ever gain confidence if you hide in the back of the room?” Well I moved to the front corner and I have been there ever since. That was a big step for me.
I began to experience many things from my daily exercise. I started to feel courage and hope. After a month or so, I also signed up for the special exercises. I started out by taking opening acupressure points exercise. I wanted to unblock all the stagnated energy that I had held in my body for so long and restore the free flow of life energy in my body. I also took Shim-Sung, a self-discovery course. The masters said I would learn many things about who I am and why I am the way I am.
I began a weekend course in Shim Sung as my old Self and at the end I was a totally different person. The course helped me make the changes in myself that I wanted to make. I put 100% effort into the course. I overcame a lot of fears and learned a lot of new things. I realized that my destiny was waiting for me. All I had to do was walk towards it.
I have lost over 40 pounds since I started Dahn Yoga. My goal was to lose weight but I gained so much more from my experiences. I learned to love myself and everyone around me. I now live in a world of complete harmony and joy.