It’s no secret that we spend a lot of time and effort trying to appear confident on the surface when we’re around other people, because we kind of have no choice.
People are extremely judgmental whether they’re aware of it or not. Sizing people up is an evolutionary mechanism. When we appear confident and self-assured, people subconsciously place us higher on their social hierarchy.
This is why it matters how you dress, the strength behind your voice and your posture when you enter a room. All of these things contribute tremendously to how people end up treating you. But the weird thing is so many of us feel a huge disconnect between the person that we’re trying to appear in the world as and who we actually are as a person,because no matter how meticulously we groom ourselves or how obsessively we keep up with the latest trends, or how quippy and clever our matter of speech is, the whole thing ends up feeling like a giant facade.
Like we’re just putting this show on we’re not actually confident we’re slapping makeup on a pig and this is a problem because the more you strain to act like a confident person in the real world,people don’t really buy it.They can tell that it’s forced. Fake smiles are really easy to spot. I think the reason why so many of us don’t feel confident and rock solid is because we’re forgetting a concept that is fundamental to the way our psychology works. And that is that while we are indeed very efficient at judging other people and sizing them up, our brain uses the exact same mechanism to judge ourselves.
We are a fly on the wall of our own lives, constantly judging the things we say, the thoughts we entertain and the habits we indulge in. And this constant observation happens without our conscious knowledge because it’s subconscious knowledge.
This subconscious of ours is always watching us, taking notes, comparing our lifestyle to our value system. And the longer time goes on, the more evidence our subconscious gathers to form an opinion about ourselves, just like it would with other people. So the more and more time we live in contradiction to our value system, the lower our opinion will be of ourselves.
So if we happen to have a very low opinion of ourselves, we’d have very low self-esteem low self-confidence, low self-efficacy, then there’s a very good chance that your subconscious has
observed you live your life in a way that is contradictory to your fundamental value system.And this is kind of what affirmation culture gets wrong. You know, it sounds all well and good and helpful to look yourself in the mirror and say you are powerful and you are strong. you are good-looking, you attract wealth, you attract women, you attract men, you attract everyone.
But the truth is your subconscious is harder to fool. if you look yourself in the mirror and say one thing and then behave the opposite way, your subconscious isn’t fooled. it watched you do that it’ll say wow, this guy never does what he says he’s going to do. i’m going to use this information to develop a self-doubt complex that will leak into every area of his life and his interactions with others, especially women. And that’s the insidious thing about our subconscious. it influences our mood, our mindset and our overall mental state far more than we probably realize and that’s because our subconscious accounts for over 90% of our overall mental function.
so how we conduct ourselves in its presence is everything. so needless to say, the key to confidence in life, the key to feeling self-assured is not to double down and care more about what other people think of you, it’s to take more seriously this relationship that you have with your own subconscious. and to realize that you can form a partnership and a friendship with your subconscious. But if you like the idea of forming a better relationship with your own subconscious, then a great way to do that is to develop that relationship like you would any other relationship: by spending time to get to know the other person.
You need to spend time getting to know yourself, to uncover what your fundamental value system is so that you can better live in accordance with that. so take some time to ask yourself some key questions. Take out a pen and paper and ask yourself
- What kind of person do I want to be in this world?
- How can I live my life in a way that I would be proud of?
- What kind of habits does my ideal self have ?
- and if i was my ideal self, how would i interact with the people around Me?
- How would I spend my time when nobody is around?
- Does my ideal self make mistakes sometimes?
- If so, how does my ideal self respond to the mistakes I make?
- would i learn from them and encourage myself to do better?
your answers to these types of questions will help you uncover truths that you hold about yourself and the standards that you’re trying to uphold yourself to because whether you’re aware of these ideals consciously or not, they’re there in your subconscious and your subconscious is constantly comparing your behavior to these ideals.
so it’s super important to take some time to try to figure out what constitutes a good and honorable person according to you.and chances are there’s a lot of truth to these underlying beliefs. and sometimes these beliefs are a little skewed and they need correcting, and you need to form healthier values and healthier expectations of yourself.
So a great way to do this is to go through this whole process of writing this stuff down and diving deep by yourself, and then taking that information to a friend or a third party, preferably a therapist or a mental health professional and try to figure out whether or not this value system is actually useful for you.
you know are you holding yourself to unrealistic expectations or are these healthy and good ideas to have? because either way, there’s no getting around the fact that if you want to develop a better opinion about yourself, your behaviors and your values need to match. and in order for that to happen either your behaviors need to change or your values need to change. as you go through this process, you’ll probably realize that you are on your own side more than you probably realize. and when your conscious mind and your subconscious mind is on the same page, you’ll find that there’s a certain uniformity to your character.
you don’t say one thing and then do another. you don’t act one way in public and then act another way in private. you’ll be a more consistent human being with a more authentic identity. you will feel like yourself. you’ll feel like you’re more you. and that’s a really intangible thing to try to relay to you but it is a very real feeling. and that feeling is what confidence feels like. it’s to be unapologetically you in the presence of others, while you’re alone it just doesn’t really matter. you’re you no matter the circumstances.
I really hope that this article gives you some ideas as to how you can get there in your life.
Thank you so much for reading and we’ll catch you in the next article.