18Mar Kindness for Confidence & Connection
For many of us, social interactions bring to rise a degree of insecurity about how we’re perceived. At a party, you might meet someone new and worry, Does he think I’m too tall? Or too heavy? You might lead a meeting at work and question how you presented yourself, Does she think I’m good at what I do? Or that I’m not very intelligent? As these self-doubts arise, we might respond by feeling anxious and defensive, and might even begin to judge the person we seeking to connect with.
If you sometimes find yourself with these worries and subsequent judgements, consider approaching social situations mindfully. Consider that your thoughts create your emotions, and your emotions inform your behaviors. By keeping your thoughts positive, you’ll find your criticisms and insecurities subside while treating yourself and others more kindly. –Michelle Laxton