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Wire Your Brain for Confidence; The Science of Conquering Self-Doubt

Wire Your Brain for Confidence: Conquering Self-Doubt with Science

I am celebrating my 6 year anniversary of launching my book: Wire Your Brain for Confidence; The Science of Conquering Self-Doubt. So I thought I would share this interview I did with Christine Bentley and Kate Wheeler many years ago on What She Said Talk Radio. In this interview Christine and Kate explore many topics in my book and I share many strategies on how to overcome self-doubt and build actionable confidence. Listen in! Here is a summary:

In a world filled with constant change and the relentless pressure of social comparison, it’s not surprising that self-doubt creeps into our lives, casting shadows on our confidence. Louisa Jewell, founder of the Canadian Positive Psychology Association, has penned a compelling book that delves into the science behind self-doubt and how we can rewire our brains for confidence. In Wire Your Brain for Confidence: The Science of Conquering Self-Doubt, she unravels the mystery of why we doubt ourselves and provides actionable strategies to break free from the clutches of self-doubt. Let’s explore the key insights from her book.

The Root of Modern Self-Doubt

The ubiquity of social media has intensified the problem of self-doubt. We often find ourselves comparing our lives to the picture-perfect moments shared by others. This constant social comparison creates a breeding ground for self-doubt, making us question our worth and accomplishments. While a little self-doubt can be motivating, chronic self-doubt can be paralyzing. So, how can we overcome it?

Tackling Impostor Syndrome

Impostor syndrome is a pervasive issue, especially among highly talented and educated individuals. The belief that we will be exposed as frauds undermines our self-confidence. Jewell suggests that the key to overcoming this phenomenon is to recognize and acknowledge our contributions to our successes. By celebrating our role in achievements, we can start to build genuine confidence based on our competence.

The Four-Step Formula for Action-Oriented Confidence

Jewell introduces a four-step formula for cultivating action-oriented confidence, which empowers us to act despite our fears and self-doubts. Here’s a breakdown of the formula:

1. Start Doing It
Begin by taking small, manageable steps toward your goal. If you’re aspiring to write a book but are paralyzed by fear, start with a blog or short articles. Gradually build your competence, and your confidence will follow suit.

2. Find Inspiring Role Models
Look for role models who genuinely inspire you rather than trigger jealousy. Seeing individuals similar to us succeed can boost our belief in our own capabilities.

3. Mentally Rehearse
Mental rehearsal, through techniques like visualization, can trick our brains into believing we’ve already succeeded, making it more likely that we’ll take action.

4. Seek Social Support
Surround yourself with people who encourage and believe in your abilities. If you lack such a support network, seek out mentors or coaches who can fulfill this role.

Embracing “Peace at 6”

In a world where women often feel the pressure to excel in multiple domains, Jewell introduces the concept of “Peace at 6.” This concept entails focusing your energy on excelling in three areas of your life, while allowing yourself to be merely “good enough” (a six out of ten) in others. By letting go of the need for perfection in every aspect of life, you can find peace and satisfaction in your accomplishments. You will find the complete exercise on how to find “Peace at 6” in Louisa’s book.

Take Action Today: Practice Self-Compassion

One immediate step to counter self-doubt is practicing self-compassion. Instead of relentlessly judging yourself, focus on self-improvement. Shift your attention away from self-criticism and toward self-growth.

Get Your Copy

Louisa Jewell’s book, Wire Your Brain for Confidence: The Science of Conquering Self-Doubt, offers valuable insights and practical strategies for anyone battling self-doubt. It’s available on Amazon, both in CA and .com, as well as on Barnes & Noble’s website. To get a taste of the book’s content, you can also download the first chapter here.

In a world where self-doubt can be an ever-present obstacle, Louisa Jewell’s book provides a roadmap for rewiring your brain for confidence. By understanding the science behind self-doubt and applying the four-step formula for action-oriented confidence, you can break free from the shackles of insecurity and move confidently toward your goals. Embracing “Peace at 6” and practicing self-compassion are essential steps on this transformative journey. It’s time to take control of your self-doubt and harness the power of confidence to lead a more fulfilled life.

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