How To Have Social Confidence [Podcast]


The Daily Meditation with Paul Harrison

The Each day Meditation with Paul Harrison

How To Have Social Confidence [Podcast]


Right now, I’m going to debate how you can be assured in social conditions. That’s, assured in friendships, assured in relationship, life and romance, and assured with individuals at work. However earlier than I get into that, I’d like to elucidate my very own journey.  

You see, all through my life I’ve been riddled with social nervousness and shyness. After I was a youngster, I used to be so shy I actually couldn’t discuss to anyone in any respect. I keep in mind the primary time I requested a lady out. I virtually threw up. It was such a large number. Actually, it was simply horrible. 

So sure, I suffered from shyness and social nervousness [READ: Meditation for Anxiety]. I keep in mind after I would exit on my own to a bar or membership and simply be on my own. And even when any person else approached me to speak to me, I didn’t really feel assured speaking to them. 

I attempted all of the totally different stuff that they inform you to do in self-help books and issues like that. I attempted occupied with myself in a really optimistic gentle, and that’s one of many important issues that they inform us to do after we really feel underconfident, is to take into consideration how superb you’re. For me, that didn’t work. I used to be all the time conscious of the truth that I used to be form of attempting to pressure this concept of myself as an incredible one that was higher than everyone else. And it didn’t work. Nor ought to it have labored, as a result of no one is best than anyone else. We’re all equal.  

It took me a really very long time to study how you can construct self-confidence. One factor I realized is that the entire thought of constructing confidence by pondering that you simply’re the perfect factor ever is garbage. I’m going to strongly advocate that you simply don’t ever try this. As a substitute, I’m going to provide you a number of suggestions and I’m going to guide you on a meditation. 

So, this meditation is predicated on a number of ideas.  

Firstly, it’s constructed on the precept that we really feel extra assured after we cease placing different individuals on a pedestal. Do you try this? Do you place different individuals on a pedestal in comparison with your self? Do you all the time suppose different persons are higher than you? I did for greater than 15 years. And it made me really feel inferior after I was speaking to different individuals. And so, one a part of the meditation that we’re going to undergo is all about recognizing that different persons are simply human and, such as you and me, they’re imperfect. We shouldn’t put them on a pedestal. We should always acknowledge that, yeah, they’ve some strengths, possibly they’re superb wanting or very clever or simply actually standard, however additionally they have weaknesses. And so after we think about different individuals, we now have to pay attention to each their strengths and their weaknesses, you understand. In any other case, we’ll view them as larger than ourselves and we’ll by no means really feel comfy round them. 

In order that’s the very first thing.  

Level two. If you’re something like me, your thoughts will mechanically consider occasions when individuals have judged you and rejected you greater than the occasions that folks have accepted you and proven you’re keen on. That’s form of a negativity bias. You realize, we keep in mind occasions in our lives after we have been pained, whether or not that’s socially or in any other case. And so, we keep in mind the emotional ache of being rejected by individuals or being made to really feel inferior, and so forth. And contrastingly, we are inclined to overlook all these occasions when individuals confirmed us love and acknowledged us, you understand. And in order that’s one other a part of the meditation that I’m going to undergo, which is to easily recall the occasions in our lives when we now have felt very accepted, very beloved.  

 After which we’re additionally going to visualize being assured round different individuals, however in a really life like manner. And so these are the three core tenets of this meditation that we’re going to do. We’re going to acknowledge the humanity of different individuals. That’s that the truth that sure, they’ve strengths, however additionally they have weaknesses and the explanation we’re going to try this is as a result of it’s going to provide us a extra balanced perspective on different individuals and a extra balanced perspective on ourselves, such that we cease placing different individuals on a pedestal and as a substitute we view them as equal to us.  

We’re additionally going to recollect occasions after we felt socially accepted and beloved, as a result of that’s going to cut back the negativity bias and stability out the truth that we naturally keep in mind occasions after we rejected and overlook occasions after we have been accepted. After which lastly, we’re additionally going to visualise being assured, however in a really in a form of pure, natural, life like manner. And I promise you, I promise you that once you do that meditation method it’s gonna make you a lot extra assured with different individuals. 

The Meditation for Socal Confidence

OK, so to start with, after all we’re going to take a seat with good posture. I’m going to make use of Lotus mudra, with the little pinky fingers touching, thumbs touching and the remaining fingers simply form of reached outwards. 

After which simply go forward and shut your eyes. And we’re going to spend only a few minutes simply sitting. 

 I’m respiration. And to start with, I’m merely specializing in the feeling of my breath because it strikes by way of the house simply beneath the center of my nostril. So I’m merely observing the breath right here.  

Proceed to meditate in your breath for only a few minutes till you’re feeling good and peaceable and calm and relaxed. 

As soon as you start to really feel calm or as soon as your thoughts clears, then we are going to keep on to the subsequent step. Once more, be at liberty to pause if you want to proceed respiration meditation for a number of moments to calm down your thoughts earlier than you proceed.  

Now for the subsequent step what I would love you to do is to call to mind one individual whom you want you felt confidently round. Now this could possibly be any person you want to be pals with. It could possibly be any person you want to go on a date with. Someone at work. It may be anyone whom you want you felt extra assured and extra comfy with. Merely deliver this individual to thoughts.  

Now as you take a look at this individual and see them smiling at you say to them, “I acknowledge each your strengths and your weaknesses”. And also you may discover it useful to label to your self or to notice to your self some weaknesses that these that this individual may face. As an illustration, maybe they’re superb wanting, however maybe they’ve a monetary downside or a well being downside. And so that you’re seeing this individual smiling, being conscious of their strengths, but in addition, very importantly, being conscious of their weaknesses and of the challenges that they face of their life.  

And now say to this individual, “I acknowledge each the strengths and the weaknesses that you’ve got”. 

 And now as you see this individual smiling at you. Think about them saying again to you, “I acknowledge each your strengths and your weaknesses”. 

 Now for a second, simply think about a optimistic form of reference to this individual. You see this individual smiling at you. And you are feeling a heat optimistic reference to them.  

And now we will transfer on to the subsequent individual. Once more, you could select any person whom you want to be pals with somebody you’d wish to date, somebody you’d wish to get together with at work… See this individual smiling at you. And now say to your self, “I settle for each your strengths and your weaknesses”. And once more, you may discover it useful to label or to notice among the weaknesses that this individual may face, among the challenges of their life”. And as you try this, you grow to be conscious that they, like your self, are only a common individual, topic to the identical strengths and the identical weaknesses, the identical challenges that you’re. And now as you see this individual smiling again at you, think about them saying to you, “I settle for each your strengths and your weaknesses”. 

Repeat the earlier step as many occasions as you want. 

The subsequent step is just to call to mind occasions in your life when you may have felt accepted and beloved. Recall the occasions once you felt accepted and once you fought beloved. Permit these moments to come back to life in your thoughts. Once more, all that we’re doing is remembering occasions after we felt accepted and after we felt beloved. And be at liberty to hold on doing that for so long as you want.  

End by taking a number of aware breaths.  

All in all, this meditation ought to take round 20 minutes and I assure you in the event you do it, it’s actually going to alter your perspective on your self and different individuals. And when you have shyness, it’s actually going that can assist you to really feel much more assured round different individuals.