7 Ways to Boost Your Confidence and Conquer Your Fears
Hypnotherapy is a sure fire way to boost your confidence and conquer your fears. However, it’s important to note that – as per many of my ramblings – hypnosis cannot change you or your personality.
If a hypnotist had full control of their subject the way stage hypnosis depicts, most stage hypnotists would do something more beneficial with their powers, and hypnotherapists would have a very easy job. Hypnosis is fantastically magical, but it takes a little more than a click of the fingers and a reprogramming of the brain.
The role of a hypnotherapist is to use therapeutic techniques and hypnosis to help you draw out your strengths, and help you find parts of yourself you may not even know exist.
Your hypnotherapist will teach you techniques from different therapeutic approaches to give you a toolbox of powers carefully crafted to help manage unnecessary anxiety or fear. Below are seven things you might expect to achieve through hypnotherapy sessions, which will help boost your confidence and conquer your fears.
Step out of your comfort zone
Your comfort zone is the space that minimises stress and risk. It’s a comfortable way to live, in which your activity and behaviours are routine. Your brain seeks this routine and mental security. Your comfort zone includes practical physicalities, such as the air temperature and texture beneath your feet. It also includes your lifestyle, the people you surround yourself with, and your career.
Interestingly, your brain considers familiarity a priority to safety, so if you’ve spent a large part of your life in abusive situations (for example), you’ll feel drawn to more of the same. If you stay in your comfort zone, you’re unlikely to reach your potential or develop confidence. Some experts believe that doing something every day that scares you will help you grow and learn. Your hypnotherapist will help you recognise your comfort zone and find ways to step outside it.
Display your authentic self
When you display your authentic self, it helps you accept who you truly are. This includes your strengths, weaknesses, quirks, and unique qualities. By acknowledging and embracing your true self, you develop a deeper sense of self-acceptance. This self-acceptance leads to increased confidence, as you no longer feel the need to conform to others’ expectations or hide behind a facade. You feel a sense of empowerment as you allow others to see and hear the true you.
This act of self expression empowers you to embrace your individuality and take ownership of your thoughts, opinions and actions, developing a stronger sense of personal power and autonomy. As you attract likeminded genuine connections, you’ll feel accepted and valued for who you are, increasing your sense of security in yourself and reducing any fear of judgement.
Recognise and break away from toxic relationships
Recognising and breaking away from toxic relationships is a transformative process that greatly enhances confidence and conquers fears. By acknowledging the toxicity, you’ll gain awareness of your own worth and boundaries. Taking the courageous step to distance yourself from toxic influences cultivates self-empowerment and assertiveness. As you remove yourself from negative dynamics, fear gradually diminishes, replaced by a growing belief in your own resilience. Breaking free from toxic relationships allows you to foster autonomy, personal growth, and sense of self. With newfound confidence, you’ll feel more equipped to face your fears head-on, embracing a healthier and more fulfilling life.
Take up space – hold yourself tall and strong
Taking up space is more than just a physical act, it’s a powerful mindset that can transform your confidence and help you conquer fears. When you hold yourself tall and strong, you signal to the world and yourself that you are worthy. This posture alone reinforces a sense of self-assurance and resilience. By taking up space, you challenge the limitations that fear creates, allowing you to step outside your comfort zones and embrace new opportunities. It is a declaration of your presence and a reminder that you have the right to feel seen, heard, and valued. Taking up space becomes a catalyst for personal growth, empowerment, and the realisation of your true potential.
Slow down (talk slowly)
Slowing down your pace and speaking slowly has a profound impact on your confidence and ability to conquer fears. When you give in to the anxiety and rush through conversations or presentations, it confirms feelings of self-doubt and fear of judgement. However, by deliberately slowing down your speech, you gain control over your words and thoughts. This intentional pace allows you to articulate your ideas more clearly and assertively, enhancing your self-assurance. It also creates space for reflection, enabling you to respond thoughtfully rather than react. By embracing this deliberate approach, you cultivate a sense of poise and composure, empowering you to navigate challenges with grace and conquer your fears.
Use CBT techniques to stop negative talk
Using CBT techniques to combat negative self-talk is a transformative strategy that bolsters confidence and helps conquer fears. By actively recognising and challenging negative thoughts, you’ll gain control over your internal dialogue. CBT helps you replace self-defeating beliefs with rational and positive alternatives, to achieve a more constructive mindset. As you dismantle distorted thinking patterns, your confidence will grow, and your fear diminishes. Through repetition and practice, you’ll develop a resilient and empowered mindset that will help you face challenges head-on.
Imagine yourself confident
Finally, one of the best tricks in the book is to imagine yourself confident. Your brain cannot tell the difference between real and imaginary. When you imagine something, your brain will react in the same way as if it was real. When you imagine yourself doing something over and over, your brain will boost your confidence in your abilities, enabling you to do the thing with ease in real life. You can use the same process to overcome fears. By putting yourself in the fearful situation in your mind multiple times a day, and imagining yourself as calm and in control, your brain will cement the experience as safe.