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Rebuilding Your Confidence

May 13, 2014

by Lauren Fletcher - Also by this author

We have all had those rough days, where nothing seems to go right, everything is a fire that should have been handled yesterday, and now you have to go and talk with your drivers, senior management, or a vendor. You feel burned out and defeated and know it's going to come through to your listeners. 

How can you go out there with a higher level of confidence? There are a quite a few actions you can take immediately to help quickly rebuild your confidence and get you prepared to get out there and deal with the world. Here are a few of my favorites:

Breathe. First and foremost - take a moment and take 10 slow, deep breaths. Collect yourself and your thoughts before going out to deal with another crisis or situation. Taking a moment between problems can help reduce the chances that your feelings about one situation will overflow into the next. 

Smile. Did you know you can "fake yourself happy"? According to the Harvard Business Review, a little smile can help increasing the feelings of happiness and make you feel more at ease and ready to take on the world. 

Strike a pose. Some people, including a few on-air broadcasters and journalists, swear by "striking a pose." Before they have to go on camera or deal with a tough interview, they find a private space, spread their feet put their hands on their hips and hold their chin up high. This helps create a feeling of strength, they say, to takeon the world. 

How do you take a moment to take on the world? What tips do you have for your fellow fleet managers to help make the day a little more manageable? Comment below and let us know what you think! 

By Lauren Fletcher

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Lauren Fletcher

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Lauren Fletcher has been covering the fleet industry since 2006 and is currently the Executive Editor of Work Truck Magazine. Over the past 10 years, Fletcher has written and edited for Automotive Fleet, Fleet Financials, Government Fleet, Green Fleet, Vehicle Remarketing, and Business Driver magazines. A hot rod enthusiast from a young age, Fletcher has a fascination with cars and a love of trucks, from the classics to the new releases.

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