Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE Perceived lack of confidence has always seemed to be my downfall in the eyes of others, whether it is during a job interview, an important meeting or a date. Worry about why other people don’t like me, don’t think I’m good at my job or think I’m attractive has been infused into my veins like my brain is tethered to a never-ending IV therapy bag dripping negative thoughts. I’m pulling the tubing right now. I’m done wasting my time and energy focusing on the preconceptions of others, which are often misconceptions. If I slump my shoulders when trying to relax, sweat during an awkward social situation or misspeak, people have written it off as a lack of self-confidence. I’ve tried to change it my whole life, but it’s just how I’m wired.   Whether it is self-confidence, confidence in my ability or my creativity to build and present great ideas, the mental gymnastics I have put myself through my whole life to appear more confident has simply just been in the way. From this point forward, I’m going to simplify and streamline my thought process and close the negative feedback loop. My internal roller clamp will only infuse positivity at a rate of 100 gtt per minute.     

Author: Mike DeVine

Writer and Editor. History buff. Doing sports things. Film fan. University of Wisconsin-Madison Graduate [B.A. English '06]. @UWAlumni Lifetime Member.

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