Where did this idea of body confidence come from? Can the body actually have confidence? Hmmmm….Having confidence or none at all is 99.9% a mental challenge rather than a physical accomplishment.
The body cannot become confident without the will of the mind. And the mind needs a body to exert its will on to actually achieve what the mind has set out to accomplish. The body is simply one of numerous recipients of your ability to follow through on the 3 steps below.
Here is the definition of Confidence from Merriar-Webster dictionary:
1a : a feeling or consciousness of one’s powers or of reliance on one’s circumstances
b : faith or belief that one will act in a right, proper, or effective way
2: the quality or state of being certain: certitude
3a : a relation of trust or intimacy
b : reliance on another’s discretion
4: a communication made in confidence: secret
Now that the semantics are out of the way, let’s explore how to train your brain to accept your body.
1. Make a commitment. Write it down. Post it up. Commit to doing an activity with your body that does not require much effort that you already know how to do. For instances if you are capable of walking then commit to walking for five days in a row for five minutes. Each day you do the activity place a check on that same paper you wrote your commitment on.
2. Build on your commitment every time you accomplish your goal. You walked five minutes every day for the last 5 days, now add 5 minutes and/or 5 more days.
3. Repeat steps one and two over and over again until you are certain that you can trust that you will follow through on the commitments you set for yourself.
Building confidence is a function of you being able to trust what you say you will do. When you learn to honor your word and keep it sacred you will hold the consciousness of one’s powers (hint: this is the definition of the word confidence above). Now, isn’t that refreshing? For more confidence boosters, download a free chapter of Fearless Beauty.