would like to be more confident in social situations."
is regularly chosen on the confidence building self-assessment form by
individuals seeking support. Whether we identify as introverted or
extroverted, we are social creatures and must learn to navigate social
situations if we are to reach our goals.
living requires us to connect and communicate with others. Social situations
can include our interactions with co-workers, family, friends, potential mates,
neighbors or the grocery store clerk.
confidence in social situations can happen even when interactions are brief,
with few expectations held. Lacking confidence in more important or intimate
situations is often associated with the higher expectations of significant
personal goals. It is important to recognize that the perception of being “one
who lacks confidence in social situations” has been accepted and absorbed by
the stubborn robotic subconscious mind. The subconscious mind cannot be forced
or willed to accept a new perception, it must be actively taught.
Help yourself begin to create a more confident persona by:
Recognizing that feeling confident in social situations is not about
"having or not having" the ability. Make a conscious decision to
invest time and energy in improving your confidence in in daily
crystal clear on the benefits of becoming more confident in social situations.
If our "why" is lukewarm we tend to have a difficult time investing
time and energy in self-improvement efforts. Take the time to write down the
benefits. There is something amazing about putting pen to paper to help
to ask non-threatening questions and pay attention to answers. Many socially
anxious people are so internally focused that they fail to pick up cues.
Challenge yourself to paraphrase back if need be..."so do you
to a daily practice of asking a few simple light questions outside of your significant
relationships. Use less threatening situations to build your confidence.
example, any time you find yourself waiting in a line up waiting to pay for a
coffee or groceries:
you think spring is ever going to come?"
thinking of trying something new, what’s your favourite thing to order here?"
you are buying tomatoes, do you think the produce is better here then...?" (Safeway, Sobeys, Superstore, Walmart etc.)
4 simple ideas the end all and be all to becoming more confident in social
situations? No, but for some they are a pretty darn good start.