Sitting up straight gives you more confidence in your own thoughts, according to a study at Ohio State University. Researchers found, in 2009, that people who were told to sit up straight were more likely to believe thoughts they wrote down while in that posture when asked about whether they were qualified for a particular job. When they slumped over, they did not have as much confidence in what was written.
It appears, according to Richard Petty, co-author of the study, that body posture affects not only what others may think of us, but also how we think about ourselves!
When I was doing my Blogtalk radio show, I used the moniker The Confidence Coach and it has stuck with me. Giving people ideas to bolster confidence and feel positive is so important and yet, as this study uncovered, there are many things we do throughout the day – mostly unknowingly – that impact our confidence. How many of us slump over a computer? Or slump when we walk, not realizing that we are giving a hit to our own self-confidence?
Besides physically sitting up straighter (do it now!), what else can we do to mentally sit up straighter? Here are ten ideas to try:
If your confidence needs a recharge, try any one or more of these things and see if you can reset your confidence in a higher gear.