Last week we discussed how to build confidence through movement, but confidence can’t happen unless you put yourself in the right 183997325 (2)mindset to allow it to happen. But really—who isn’t seeking a boost of confidence in their life? In fact, scientists have found that more of us would rather have increased confidence than have sex.

I want you to take a moment and visualize yourself with more confidence. What does it look like? Are you in front of an audience giving a speech? Are you getting out of your comfort zone and trying something new like skydiving or bungee jumping? Maybe you’re getting your long sought-after promotion at work. The good news is confidence can be yours in all of these situations. Putting yourself in a confident mindset is to believe in yourself and realize what you are capable of—“see it to be it”.

Neurobiologists say that we can build our confidence muscles daily by setting up mini competitions with ourselves—no matter how insignificant the task—that we can win with minimal effort. Add a new yoga pose to your morning routine, call someone you haven’t talked to, write in your journal or clean the bathroom. All of these “little wins” will serve to build the receptors in our brains associated with confidence.

Confidence is also built by doing things that push us just outside our comfort zone. You can build confidence on demand by courageously choosing to grow and being open to challenges.

Confidence does happen, we just need to be the ones who decide to make it happen. Create a daily practice of stretching your mind and body to build a lifetime of courage with confident conviction! Take small steps in your life to being more confident today!

IMG_7034e-5About: Dr. James Rouse is a naturopathic doctor and expert in functional and lifestyle medicine. An author of nine books, host and founder of Optimum Wellness Media, and Ironman triathlete, James has coached Fortune 50 and 500 companies, MLB and NFL teams, several branches of US Government and consults for companies including BackJoy, SKOOP and Kroger Grocery. He has shared his message to audiences in the US, Europe and Asia.