Dislodge Old Practices With Improved Ones
One of the best ways to dislodge bad habits is to replace these with improved practices.
These improvements must support your goal in establishing your self-confidence. Some of these practices that you
might want to try are the following:
• Improve Your Posture
Stand straight, chest out, stomach in. When you were still a child, your teachers have admonished you to have
an upright posture. This is the best time to heed their admonitions.
Take note of your sloping shoulders, slouched posture, and drooping disposition. It appears like you are carrying a
heavy burden on your shoulders. Stand tall or sit straight, and you will immediately feel a boost of energy within
your body. Try this!
During an interview, a model shared her secret on having a regal posture. She says that on and off the ramp, she
imagines herself wearing a diamond-encrusted crown. This vivid visualization lends her a very “majestic”
Test this if it works for you. Imagine yourself as a king or prince as you sit or stand straight. This lifts up
your body frame and prevents you from keeping your eyes downcast. Gaze ahead, your subjects are waiting!
• Accelerate Your Pace
Add excitement in your moves. Try to move faster than your usual gait and rhythm. Faster movements keep you
more active and alert. Quicker moves erase sluggishness and boredom.
This is not to say that you rush things up. There is a whole world of difference between rushed and swift
movements. Rush connotes hit-or-miss, hasty, and haphazard moves. Swift actions are more purposeful and
To start off, begin walking faster than your usual pace. It is said that slow people walk as if they have
nowhere to go and average people just drift along. Do not be part of any of these groups of people. Belong to the
group that walks faster. Faster strides exude confidence in your capabilities and communicate eagerness to achieve
your purpose in life.
• Sit Up Front
In seminars, training sessions, or gatherings, have you ever noticed that people scramble to occupy the last rows
It seems that these seats offer a cloak of anonymity and a feeling of being lost in a crowd who cower and wish
to remain nameless! During breaks, these are the same people who scramble up the aisles to have a private
one-on-one chat with the speaker.
Save yourself from such trouble and begin jostling for front seats. You get to see the speaker up close and
personal. There is better interaction with the trainer if you sit in the front row. There are lesser chances
of distractions if you occupy seats nearer to the speaker. Besides, you want to get maximum benefit, don’t you?
After all, you paid for the seat.