Ann shares 5 tips to blast away insecurity and help you gain self confidence and boost your self esteem
“Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” – Confucius
Admittedly, before I competed at the Orlando Europa and placing 3rd last weekend I had many reservations about the slight changes I made not only to my physique but my appearance. The fear of the “unknown” always makes me leery to leap. With that being said, thanks to my new Team, Bombshell, I accomplished the task of improvement in every area that I possibly could to present the best “me”. The smallest changes sometimes make the biggest difference! Although I don’t suffer from many insecurities, after hearing phrases such as “Ann, you looked like a rock star”, my confidence level has shot through the roof and ignited a fire in my soul to seek and obtain even more improvement. Even when we think we are our best, there is always room for improvement. However, confidence is such a sensitive trait that though it may take years to build, it can take only a moment to shatter. If you are suffering from any insecurities I hope the following few steps help you overcome them and lift you to a higher ground!
1. Face Facts: You have to realize the need to improve your confidence and lay the foundation before you can build.
2. Evaluate Your Strengths: Make a list of all the things your good at… listening to a friend in need, cooking, room decorating or even something as simple as math. Though it may seem trivial, everyone needs to be reminded of their positives attributes and it will help you with a new mindset that “YOU ARE STRONG”!
3. Start a Project: What have you been meaning to do, but have never tried because of time life in general or fear of failure? Have you ever wanted to learn pottery, photography or ball room dancing? This is list number two and will get you excited and help you refocus you mind on positive thoughts.
4. Smile: Believe it or not, studies have shown, smiling is good for your health and can potentially make you feel happier. When you smile, even when you don’t feel happy, signals are sent to your brain that can actually cause you to feel happier. As an added benefit it can possibly lower your blood pressure, release endorphins, and lower your stress.
5. Exercise: Along with the obvious physical benefits of better health, more energy, weight control, increased strength, and better sleep, exercise also helps you release negative emotions such as anxiety and frustration.
In closing, just a little FYI, spicy foods promote the release of endorphins as well. Endorphins cause feelings of euphoria by tricking the body into thinking the brain needs chemical relief because the mouth is on fire! So sprinkle some cayenne pepper on your chicken breast for added flavor with a side of happiness!
Ann Titone can be contacted for appearances through www.fmg-fitnessmanagementgroup.com