UNDERSTANDING THAT POWER COMES FROM CONFIDENCE
With the social media platforms that surround us today, we are often exposed to the several forms of ‘Instagram models,’ ‘influencers’ and famous female rappers who promote themselves with a powerful energy that instantly grabs the audience’s attention. Some may feel that these women accumulate power through the features they have or through their fashion choices; however, it does not come from any of that. Their power stems from their confidence.
Confidence can be intimidating and easy to connect to how one looks. It is easier said than done, but until you love yourself, people cannot love you the way you want to be loved.
Gaining the desired confidence that allows you to love yourself is not an overnight process. However, there are small, everyday steps that you can take to make yourself look more powerful and confident. Here they are:
- Correct your posture and stand up straight. There is an instant feeling of confidence that arises when you’re walking with your chest up and your head high. This slight change gives you a professional look and projects a powerful aura.
- Make direct eye contact. When using direct eye contact, you show the opinionated people in your life that you are not intimidated by what they have to say. By standing your ground through eye contact, you easily display strength.
- Speak without doubt. When you speak with confidence—without any hesitation in yourself—the audience will be impressed. Show others that you aren’t afraid to speak your mind and be yourself.
These steps seem simple—and that is because they are. However, they are vital and have proven consistently effective for people in leading or admirable roles. When influencers and celebrities are on the red carpet, they pose, make direct eye contact and complete interviews with clear responses, giving the audience the perception that they are powerful through their confidence.
Ultimately, appearing powerful is based on confidence, and there is no right or wrong answer to how that confidence can be gained. Confidence is not one-size-fits-all, but it is important to understand that power is not based on how one looks, but on the attitude one holds.