If I could go back in time and teach my younger self one life-changing lesson, it would be to go within and connect with my own inner knowledge and power.
There have been many times in my life when I have felt less than confident — when I had to say no to a request, make a big decision, or even ask for a raise. Sometimes I felt lost or unsure about the choices I had to make, and other times I struggled to find my voice and speak my truth.
But in my mid-twenties I started meditating and discovered the power of guided visualization exercises. Through experimentation with various types of meditation and visualization over the last decade, I've learned a lot about myself and the process of connecting to my own inner strength. I discovered how to quickly access my personal power and inner confidence — something I now share with my clients as a transformational coach.
Here's a quick three step visualization exercise that you can do to instantly feel more confident when you're struggling with a decision or difficult situation.
1. Be present.
Stop what you're doing and take a couple of minutes to really feel yourself in your body. Notice your breath and slow it down. Notice the details around you. Notice any feelings and emotions that you are experiencing.
2. Connect with your Solar PlexusChakra.
Your Solar Plexus (Manipura) Chakra is the third Chakra located in your abdomen, above your belly button. It is the energy center responsible for personal power, self-esteem and confidence.
Place your hands over your stomach. Imagine your Solar Plexus Chakra as a ball of yellow light glowing in your abdomen. With each breath, imagine yellow light entering your body and going straight to this area, making it glow even brighter. As your Solar Plexus begins to radiate, your confidence and personal power will become stronger.
Now imagine the yellow light from your Solar Plexus begins to spread throughout your body. Every muscle and every cell is being wrapped in this warm, glowing yellow light. Feel yourself becoming more and more empowered.
3. Connect with your desired result.
Now imagine making that big decision or taking the action that you would like to take. Imagine yourself acting and speaking with confidence and self-assurance. Imagine the positive result that comes from taking this action. Hold this moment and focus on really feeling the emotions in your body.
Slowly, bring your awareness back to the present moment. Take a few deep breaths, wiggle your fingers and toes and slowly open your eyes.
For the full guided meditation, you can stream or download this three minute exercise any time you need a boost of confidence. It can really help you take action from a place of personal empowerment.