I take my shirt off when I run. I am not my ideal body type nor am I even in the best shape I’ve ever been in personally. I am not confident and not hoping that heads turn as I run by (unless they’re turning in the opposite direction, not noticing me!).
But these are the exact reasons that I do it. I muster up the courage, take my shirt off and start running. And I survive. I don’t die of embarrassment or get scowls for my less than perfect mid-section. Then, I go home and shower and life goes on.
Fake It ‘Til You Make It
Self confidence- I certainly have never been oozing it, but I sure can act as confident as the next person. A lack of confidence causes us to pass on so many things and miss so much in life. And we all inevitably look back over the years wishing we’d tried this or worn that. So, try it! And wear that! Fake it ’til you make it.
Self-improvements aren’t easy. It’s easy to stay the same. It’s easy to do what’s safe and expected. It’s those things just outside of your comfort zone that change us and better us.
Step Outside of Your Comfort Zone
What is something you’ve wanted to do, say or wear, but you thought you didn’t have the right body type for or you were too old for or you were whatever other excuse you came up with? Have you always wanted to take your shirt off in hot yoga? Did you always want to try wearing skinny jeans, but told yourself you were “skinny” enough? Have you wanted to try Zumba for years, but thought you’d better get in shape first?
Get out there and do it! Life is not waiting for you to find your confidence. And, honestly, if you sit around waiting for confidence to find you, it’s just not going to happen. Step outside of that comfortable box and make a change. It’s okay if you’re faking it. Some days you will be. But then there will be those glorious days when you are not. Those days when you are actually oozing self-confidence.
Confidence Is Sexy
If you ask anyone-male or female- what attracts them to someone, confidence is always high on the list. When you are confident, you carry yourself differently. You stand a little taller and give off a more inviting energy. People are naturally drawn to this. So, even if you are faking it in the beginning, no one will know. They will just be drawn to you and that will, in turn, boost your confidence- for real.
In a study conducted by the International Journal of Cosmetic Science, it was found that by boosting men’s confidence by simply providing them with cologne, women became more attracted to them in pictures. The boost in the man’s confidence showed through their body language and attracted more women to him. Confidence is an amazing thing!
Are people confident because they are successful or are they successful because they are confident?
Self confidence is something that everyone wants and very few ever attain. Don’t go through life doubting what you are capable of. Get out of that imaginary box that you’ve told yourself you are supposed to stay in and try something new. Try something a little scary and exciting and nerve wrecking all at the same time.
I take my shirt off when I run. If you don’t like it, that’s okay. If you’re jealous, don’t be. Go ahead and rip your shirt off and start running next to me. We’ll fake it together!