I was sweating profusely. No, I wasn’t exercising. And yet, despite being a sweaty hot mess, I felt confident.
A few weeks ago I was asked to do a TV interview for a morning news show in Edmonton, Canada. (Click here to watch starting at minute 58:48)
(Side note, this wasn’t my first time on TV, but it was my first “speaking role,” Lol. Go check me out here on the show Modern Marvels where I was filmed as a pork quality research assistant when I was in college. Yes, you read that right – pork quality research. The stories I could tell… 😂)
Back to the news show:
I was nervous, because this was airing live and I knew I only had about 3.5 minutes to answer the questions and to get my message across clearly.
So I prepared. I practiced. And I gave myself a pep talk that sounded something like this, “You know your stuff. This is your area of passion and expertise. You’ve got this.”
And I did it. I took ACTION according to my VALUES, and in that space of alignment, confidence emerged. Not because I’m a TV star, or the best interviewee. Nope. It was because I did what I knew I was meant to be doing in that moment – even though it was scary.
How does this translate to your relationship with food and your body?
First, let’s be clear on one thing: TRUE AND LASTING CONFIDENCE DOESN’T COME FROM SHRINKING YOUR BODY AND RESTRICTING YOUR FOOD.
Confidence comes from being at peace with your true self. And aligning your actions with this. That’s why the constant pursuit of an “ideal weight” is never going to get you there. In fact, because of how ineffective dieting is, it will most likely eat away at your confidence.
Chatting With a Confidence Coach
This week on the podcast I brought on a corporate confidence coach named Desiree Petrich. And boy, oh boy, did she spill some tea about how to approach confidence with self-compassion.
There’s something we need to shift if we want to be more confident. (And, no, it’s not our macros or our workout routine).
We must look at confidence differently. We must stop equating confidence with a “look,” or with a number on the scale. Instead, we can approach confidence with gentleness, compassion and embracing our true selves.
Does that mean we can’t or shouldn’t strive for goals or changes in our lives? Of course not.
But it does mean that we might be better off approaching our goals differently.
In this episode, my guest Desiree Petrich is going to share her expertise as a confidence coach. She will blow your mind as you hear her talk about how to think radically differently about goal setting, striving to be the best version of yourself, and what your self-talk sounds like.
My discussion with Desiree was interesting because she doesn’t come from the non-diet or intuitive eating world. She comes from the leadership industry. I invited her on because I connected with her online about her specialty which is confidence. SO many of you listening to this show struggle with confidence, and this then gets wrapped up in how you feel about your body, and your eating, and all these things that we try to control in order to improve our confidence.
What you’re going to learn in this episode is that confidence doesn’t come from looking a certain way, or eating a certain way. It comes from being true to yourself. And embracing who you really are. That doesn’t mean you can’t strive to learn new things, or to do things differently. It means that you don’t have to fight against your body in order to get there.
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p.s. I love doing interviews, presentations, workshops, and other educational endeavors, so if you have a group or organization you’d like me to present to just reach out!
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