Emotional Confidence Bonus Resources

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Additional Tools & Exercises

Create an Alter Ego

Beyonce has Sasha Fierce, her feisty, diva alter ego. Superman had Clark Kent. There are all sorts of examples throughout pop culture of people taking on "alter egos" to help them embody new, diverse, and sometimes opposing characteristics! You can do the same thing to help you build your confidence.

Start by defining all the characteristics you would want this character to embody. Are they feisty where you're subdued? Confident where you're shy? Unapologetic where you find yourself seeking approval? A kickass dancer whereas you're a wallflower? Whatever! Define what characteristics this person has and then take it a step further. What behaviors do they engage in? As you get more elaborate, your alter ego may develop a name and a persona. 

Then, here's the kicker. Whenever you find yourself lacking confidence, think of your alter ego. Embody that alter ego. You're not longer you. You have now become that person. Use all the characteristics and behaviors that you've outlined and embody this person and through embodying this alter ego, help yourself to work through your confidence!

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Tara Brach & Radical Acceptance

Main website: Tara Brach

Background: 

Dr. Tara Brach’s teachings blend psychology and Buddhist spiritual practices, mindful attention to our inner life, and a full, compassionate engagement with our world. After getting her degree in psychology, she lived for ten years in an ashram—a spiritual community—where she practiced and taught both yoga and concentrative meditation. She then earned a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and actually research the therapeutic benefits of meditation in treating addiction for her dissertation.

Books: Radical Acceptance on Amazon here

 

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