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Increase your stress resistance with a confidence boost

Go to work and build upon your current confidence level. Start with fitness, then read for professional and personal development. Put the chips down, turn off the TV, and invest some time into pressure proofing yourself by raising your confidence.

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Increase your stress resistance with a confidence boost

Have you ever asked yourself how you can increase your stress resistance and boost your confidence? Read below to find out the key to it.

Pressure is something you feel when you don’t know what you’re doing.”  Peyton Manning

Let’s look at pressure proofing ourselves, or answer the question, “How can I be more stress-resistant?”  Have you ever felt the washing machine effect of getting wiped out by a large wave at the beach? What about in life?

I have experienced both, the physical wave and the stress wave.  A large wave usually brought on by a storm in the distance, can be exhilarating or devastating.  In either case, the wave is the same, which result it brings depends on you.  Have you ever seen those crazy surfers riding 80-foot waves?  How can they do that and survive? They have studied waves, how they break, their characteristics, their power and force.  The big wave surfer has supreme confidence in his/her own knowledge, skills, and abilities.  The big kahuna has enormous respect for the wave and its destructive force, yet has learned how to ride the thundering power, bringing a thrilling experience that can only be understood by those fellow surfers with a comparable level of confidence.

Bringing it to the shore, one of the fastest ways to raise your level of confidence is by knowing what you’re doing. As a Marine grunt, training in firearms, tactics, self-defense, first aid, and an extremely high fitness level, did wonders for my confidence. In fact, my confidence in my training was the key to pressure proofing myself when under fire. The same holds true during my time as a federal agent. Being responsible for the safety and security of high-ranking government officials (i.e. targets), required supreme confidence in being able to handle whatever threat or situation popped up. I didn’t start out with supreme confidence.  I spent hours of my own time (beyond the required training), reading, studying, watching footage of assassination attempts, bombings, terrorist attacks, and even natural disaster responses.

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Amazingly, when the stress levels go up, and the pressure cooker of the crisis starts to spew its scalding steam, I get calmer and my performance actually gets better. Why? Because I know exactly what to do, how to do it, and when to do it…. I have supreme confidence in my training, my knowledge, my skills and my abilities.

Go to work and build upon your current confidence level. Start with fitness, then read for professional and personal development. Put the chips down, turn off the TV, and invest some time into pressure proofing yourself by raising your confidence.

DISCLAIMER: This article expresses my own ideas and opinions. Any information I have shared are from sources that I believe to be reliable and accurate. I did not receive any financial compensation in writing this post, nor do I own any shares in any company I’ve mentioned. I encourage any reader to do their own diligent research first before making any investment decisions.

Andrew D. Wittman, PhD, is a United States Marine Corps infantry combat veteran, a former Police Officer and Federal Agent. As a Special Agent for the U.S. Capitol Police, Wittman led the security detail for Nancy Pelosi and has personally protected Hillary Clinton, Tom Delay, Trent Lott, King Abdullah of Jordan, Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel, Sir Elton John, as well as Fortune 20 CEOs. As a security contractor for the State Department, he taught high-threat diplomatic security to former Navy SEALS, Marines, Rangers, and Special Forces. Wittman is founder of the Mental Toughness Training Center, a leadership consultancy specializing in peak performance, team dynamics, resolving conflict in the workplace and is the author of the new book, “Ground Zero Leadership: CEO of You” (2016). He holds a Ph.D. in Theological Studies, is a guest lecturer at Clemson University and co-hosts the radio call-in show “Get Warrior Tough”.

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