One Accessory You Cannot Live Without – Self Confidence

Did you think I was going to say shoes or handbags?  Maybe next time.

The one accessory you cannot live without doesn’t cost anything, you cannot buy it and it will never go out of style.  It’s your self-confidence.  Think back to a woman you recently met who had it all together and had you in complete awe.  She’s probably someone you look up to and want to be like.  What stood out about her?  Sure, maybe she dressed impeccably or was articulate and polished. But what really made her stand out and leave you with that lasting impression was her self-confidence.

Attributes of someone who is confident:  successful, accomplished, leader, expert, sure of one’s self, self-aware, composed.

Attributes of someone who lacks confidence:  weak, failure, incapable, insecure, self doubt, fearful.

Lack of confidence can be detrimental to your image, brand and ultimately your career.  You will not be viewed as an expert; you will be viewed as someone with limitations, someone who may not have the ability to be successful.

Being self-confident leads to success.  Self-confident women know who they are and what they stand for.  They are comfortable in their own skin.  They don’t know about limitations or failure – these things aren’t in their line of sight.  They are fearless and take risks.  Does this sound like someone you want to be?

You will encounter people in your career that will try to place limits on you or hold you back.  They will make you question yourself.  If you ever start to have these feelings, remember that you are special and offer something unique.   You are not defined by others, you are who YOU want to be.

Be comfortable in your own skin.  Don’t conform to the accepted norms – be true to you.   Look for those opportunities where you can take risks and prove people wrong.  And tuck your fears away in a drawer.  If you don’t think about them, they won’t materialize.  The only limitations you have are those that you put on yourself, so don’t!

If you start to doubt yourself, go look in the mirror, take your power pose stance and say, “I am intelligent. I am passionate. I am fearless.  I can accomplish anything.  I am making amazing things happen. “

Body Language Impacts Your Personal Brand

Your personal brand is one of the most important things that you have.  It’s basically your reputation; how others perceive you based on a variety of aspects including your successes or failures, what you excel at, how you present yourself (presence, appearance, communication style) and even body language.  Luckily your personal brand is something you can control.  I recently watched this awesome video on Ted Talks featuring Amy Cuddy and her work on how body language has a direct impact on how you are perceived and what you can do to control it.

What is your power pose?  (You’ll understand after you view the video.)