Do you have what it takes to live the life of James Bond? One characteristic that is vital to Bond is his confidence. Many people struggle with this quality each and every day. If this includes you, here are five simple steps for becoming more confident.
Fake It Until You Make It
As the saying goes, the best way to appear successful is to act the part. Even if you feel nervous or self-conscious, you don’t have to portray these feelings to others. Dress for success, without being over-dressed. In addition, devote some time each day to personal hygiene and presentation. If you know that you look like a capable person, eventually you’ll start to feel that way too.
Perfect Your Posture
Bond doesn't slouch. How you carry yourself says a lot about your self-empowerment. Keep your head held high, your chin up, and your shoulders square. In addition, walk briskly and with purpose. Not only will this appear confident to other people, studies have shown that positioning your body correctly can trigger your mind to lower your stress level.
Make Eye Contact
Eye contact is a key ingredient for an assured appearance. Avoiding eye contact can make you seem fearful or unsure. Making eye contact tells others that you are a person worth listening to, and that you acknowledge and respect your listeners. Eye contact is also crucial for making others trust you.
Don’t Over Apologize
Of course, you should be able to say you’re sorry with the situation calls for it. An apology is called for if you inconvenience or insult someone. Apologizing after you’ve done nothing wrong will make you seem subordinate or insecure. Before an “I’m sorry” slips out, think about whether the situation actually calls for an apology.
Confident people, Bond included, are not afraid of taking risks. The trick is to learn from your experience and make calculated risks. Obviously, occasional failures are going to happen. However, the difference between a meek person and a self-assured person is that latter is not afraid of failure.
Now you have five tools in your arsenal to build your confidence. These tricks can help you no matter which lifestyle you choose to lead, but they are especially important if you wish to emulate James Bond. Are you still not sure if you could live the Bond life? Take our quiz! Or if you are interested in even more information about the Bond lifestyle, join our e-mailing list.