When I was growing up, my posture was simply awful. If I was sitting down, there was a 99% chance that my back was arched, and my shoulders were hunched over. On top of that, my feet pointed inward when I walked.

Realize that people don’t fixate on your mistakes.

This is so important to know. Other people aren’t going to be thinking about that “horribly embarrassing thing” that happened to you last week. They have too much to think about, just like you do.

Wear clothes you feel comfortable in.

The clothes you wear matter. A lot. They send a message to other people, and they also send a message to yourself. I used to wear clothes that I didn’t even like — clothes that made me hope I wouldn’t meet anyone I knew at the supermarket.

Walk quicker.

They say that if you want to appear confident, dress well, and walk like you own the place. Based on my experience, this is excellent advice.

Challenge yourself to talk to people you don’t know.

I know how terrifying it can be to strike up a conversation with a stranger. I used to be there too.

Travel alone more.

I used to be scared of traveling alone. And then, one day, I was in a situation that required me to travel alone and figure things out on my own two feet.

Here’s a little secret: confident people aren’t born confident. They often spend years wishing they could be someone else and hating the person they see in the mirror.

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