All good communication begins with the self.  But, sometimes were our worst enemy.  So, working on your confidence is key.

Sviatlana Lazarenka

The New York Times interviewed Mental Health professionals, and here are three things you can do today!

Yep, this means maybe speaking up at the meeting, if you usually don't.  Or, simply striking up a conversation with someone new. What about something crazy and fun like Buffalo Riverworks Silo climbs?

Says Dr. Adam D. Galinsky, a professor at Columbia Business School,

“Confidence is ultimately about being comfortable in a wide variety of situations that would make most people feel uncomfortable,” he said. “So if you stretch your comfort zone every day, very quickly you’ll have a large comfort zone and be able to feel more comfortable even when outside of it.”

  2) Try a new look.  Here's a great excuse to go shopping.

How you dress can affect how other people perceive you, but it can also affect how you perceive yourself. Wearing different clothes can prompt you to think or behave differently. If you want to feel more confident, dress the way a confident version of yourself would.

If you are on a budget, you could try the Fashion Outlets of Niagara Falls.

3) Defy your impostor syndrome

 Impostor syndrome is a nasty mental bug that convinces you that your accomplishments don't really count and that you’re going to be found out as a fraud. This doubt can creep in because it’s easier to remember faults but more difficult to remember successes. Make a habit of periodically writing down or reflecting on times you’ve done things well. It’s easier to be confident in your abilities when you remember them

So, take away:  Baby step challenges, go shopping for confidence boosting clothes, and grab a notebook to write down all the things you are doing well.  :-)