A lack of self-confidence can have a huge negative impact on many areas of your life. Not only do unconfident people have less success in relationships and in their careers, but they also live with that constant feeling of social anxiety, and often a lack of self-esteem too. Fortunately however, self-confidence is a fluid quality that can be improved with some effort and determination. In this article we’ll take a look at one of the more unusual, yet very effective ways of learning to feel confident about yourself.
The Power Of Visualisation
A lack of confidence usually has its roots in negative beliefs that people have developed about themselves. Many of these date back to childhood, when you’re often told (either implicitly or explicitly) that you’re not good enough for various reasons. As an adult, you may not be consciously aware of such beliefs, but they still exert an influence over your self-image, and in extreme cases can be socially paralysing.
In order to change such beliefs, you need to reprogram your subconscious mind. The practice of visualisation is one of the most effective ways to do this. Visualisation involves setting aside some time each day to relax deeply and focus on seeing yourself as the confident person you’d like to be. In particular, it can be helpful to envision yourself acting confidently in situations that currently make you feel uneasy. Visualisation isn’t restricted to the use of visual imagery, but also involves imagining how it’ll feel to be more confident, hearing yourself speak confidently and so on. With regular practice, visualisation can have a profound effect.
However, some people find visualisation difficult because they find it difficult to stay relaxed and focused. Instead, everyday thoughts and mental chatter intrude, disrupting the effectiveness of the process.
Fortunately, you don’t have to be a meditator or experienced in mind control techniques to learn to visualise. Instead, you can use a brainwave entrainment recording that’ll help you get good results without spending years practising. Isochronic tones are one type of brainwave entrainment that has been found to be especially powerful.
What’s Brainwave Entrainment And Isochronic Tones?
When you listen to a brainwave entrainment recording, your brain is exposed to sounds of specific frequencies. The sounds repeat very rapidly, and thanks to a natural phenomenon called the ‘frequency following response’, your brain has a tendency to match its own brainwaves to the frequency of the sounds that it’s hearing.
The kind of deeply relaxed state that you need to achieve to visualise effectively and reprogram your subconscious is associated with lower-frequency brainwaves than those of normal waking consciousness. So by listening to an appropriate recording, it’s easier to enter and maintain a relaxed state, because your brain is getting a ‘helping hand’ from the recording. With time, you’ll be able to enter such a state at will, and may no longer need to listen to the recording.
There are three types of brainwave entrainment recording available; binaural beats, monaural beats and isochronic tones. They all work well, but isochronic tones can be more powerful because the sound pulses are more clearly defined, and thus easier for the brain to entrain to.
If you listen to your isochronic recording every day, and practice seeing and feeling the confidence that you desire, eventually your subconscious will accept this as your new reality, and you’ll actually find your old feelings of inferiority replaced with a genuine sense of self-confidence.