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The Road to Change

In 1968 I attended an all-girls “junior” college in Boston.  I had no idea back then what I wanted to do with my life except to follow the suggested path by the adults in my world and to become a medical secretary, work in a hospital and find a doctor to marry who would take care of me.  Since I had no burning desire or passion to do any one thing, I thought that sounded like a good plan.  In addition, my main goal was to leave the town in CT where I grew up and get to a bigger, college town so Boston was the place to go. Off I went to the lovely Back Bay area of Boston to begin my next chapter.  What I didn’t realize back then was that the opportunities that presented themselves to me during my two year experience would forever change my life. 

As thrilling and exciting this new journey was what I found was that there were more social restrictions in place than I ever experienced at home. Growing up in a non-traditional home with a father who was in show business and a British mother who all my friends thought had a “funny accent”, I was used to a free-wheeling environment with no specific curfew.  In addition, I was the oldest of six children so I was the leader of the club and I become fairly independent.

The school in Boston had a curfew along with other restrictions.  The biggest shock was that there was “tea” time and we were expected to wear white gloves and skirts.  No slacks were allowed in the school at all. This had to change and this is where the learning opportunities began that I still use to this day.  The mission was to abolish the white glove policy!

 

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Confidence and You


Think of a recent social or business gathering you attended. Who were the people that projected confidence? You probably remember them well because confident people radiate a warmth and enthusiasm that draws people toward them. They approach these occasions as opportunities to meet, greet and grow. Less confident people, however, generally hide in the background or stick closely to people they know.

We all yearn to have confidence - to feel as if we belong. Here are a few tips to help you feel confident no matter what you're doing or whom you're with:

 

SmileConfident people smile - they smile with their mouth and their eyes. Their energy is positive. Even when they're nervous inside, they don't show it on their face.


Breathe. If you feel a little anxious around people or situations that are unfamiliar to you, take a few deep breaths to relax. Slow, mindful inhales and exhales lower anxiety and nervousness immediately.

 

Show Interest.  Take the focus off yourself and put it on others by asking thoughtful questions and listening with interest. People with confidence care about others. So always ask, listen and learn. 


Use Positive Self Talk.  Give yourself positive messages, reminding yourself of your strengths, talents and successes.  Recite a simple mantra for when you are feeling anxious or uncertain.


New situations can make anyone feel a bit anxious and uncertain.  By applying these simple tips, you will feel less nervous, more empowered, and more confident.

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