Your confidence as a trainer is as important as the air you breath in. When you are out there, you need to think twice as quick, perform at your optimum and be the best. You are the role model on stage and you are always on the spot for a solution, questions, etc. Having said that, we are all still humans, so at times we have emotional issues or something caught up in our daily agenda which took most of our RAM space. So how do you get that confidence firing up and be ever ready for your participants?
Here’s a few things you can do to get that confidence build up before you go on stage:
1) Self Talk
Our ability to think and talk to ourself is so effective that it gives us inner power! But bare in mind that if you use it for positive self talk, positive is what you get and if you use it for negative self talk, it’ll unleash the devil in you. One thing that you may observe is on how easy it is for your mind to build negative thought upon negative thought. Replacing self talk from a negative to a more positive one is not going to happen overnight. If your mind has ingrained habits of thinking negatively, it will take some work and time. Surround yourself with positive energy, people and words. Read positive articles and think positive. That way, you will always be positively ready on the stage!
2) Hype Up
You would know this if you are into sports but if you are not, nothing to worry about. Basically this is an action to hype or pump your body up to gain confidence. There are many ways of doing so, some people shout-out to make their body warm, some people sing on their favourite or inspirational song, some would do an inner war-cry. You can pick and choose which is best for yourself and stick to that every time when you needed an extra lifting message or a boost on your confidence. If you remember in the movie Rocky, Mr.Balboa gave one of the best inspirational speech to his son. That speech has inspired many people including myself and every time I watch that movie, it gave me the extra urge and confidence! Try it!
3) Love what you do
If you love what you do, your confidence will build up unconsciously. As a trainer, if you love to train, there is nothing that will tremble you on stage. When you do what you love, people will notice it and appreciate it more. One quote that describe this best if from the late Steve Jobs. He says:-
“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don’t settle.”
Your confidence just gets better and better if you kept doing what you love. Trainers who love to train gets better and better. And when you are at your best, your confidence tags along with you.
In conclusion, having confidence isn’t a 1 way ticket, and the process is a cycle — there will be days when you feel like you’re starting all over again. Take a deep breath, remember the 3 steps you’ve already know, and resolve to keep going. Keep it up!