Do you suffer with social anxiety? Do you want to feel more confident day-to-day?
Social confidence is a muscle to build. You can build your confidence by taking a small step every day to push yourself outside your comfort zone. Over time you will desensitise, and things that used to seem hard to do will begin to feel normal.
Follow this two-week brain food diet and notice how each challenge gets a little bit easier every time you do it. All we ask is that you commit to the diet and do it properly. Remember… it’s not about being perfect, it’s about pushing yourself outside your comfort zone. Embrace your social blunders and imperfections as part of the experience… they’re all part of the journey!
If you can, we’d recommend you share this with someone who can hold you accountable to each day’s challenge. Tick them off as you go, and watch how you grow in confidence.
Are you up for the challenge? Here goes..
Day 1: Leave a voicemail on someone’s answerphone. If there’s no one to call, call the Fearless office after 6pm and leave us a voicemail telling us about how you’ve just kicked off your Social Confidence Superfood Diet!
Day 2: Record a 2 minute video of you talking on something you’re passionate about and watch it back. Speak for the full minute, look into the camera and make it as engaging and coherent as possible.
Day 3: Ring someone for a chat on the phone where you’d usually text them or email them. Getting comfortable with speaking on the phone is all about practice!
Day 4: Do an impromptu speaking exercise with your partner or a friend – they name the topic and you give a 2 minute impromtu speech on that topic. If you don't know much about the topic, just make it up - the goal is to speak for 2 minutes straight!
Day 5: Strike up a conversation with a stranger. Pay them a compliment or ask them for directions to somewhere.
Day 6: Initiate a deeper conversation with a colleague. Ask them how they are feeling about things at the moment and really listen to their answer. Meaningful connections require vulnerability.
Day 7: Call the Fearless office after 6pm and leave us a voicemail telling us how you found the first week of this two-week challenge.
Day 8: Make eye contact and smile for at someone you walk past. It will brighten up their day.
Day 9: Send a 3-minute voicenote to a friend telling them what you've been up to lately.
Day 10: Make a 'gratitude toast' at the dinner table with family or friends where you talk about what you are grateful for. Begin with ‘Good evening everyone, I’d like to make a toast..’ and finish it with ‘..Well that concludes my toast for this evening. Bon appetite!’
Day 11: Do another 2 minute impromptu speaking exercise with your partner or a friend – they name the topic and you speak on it for 2 minutes. This time, stand up to do this, like you’re giving a proper speech!
Day 12: Share your opinion on something even if it's different or controversial. Confidence in nurtured by staying true to yourself.
Day 13: Tell someone, or a group of people, a funny story from your past. Practice your storytelling skills by making it entertaining.
Day 14: Record a video sharing how you got on with your Social Confidence Superfood Diet and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org so we can watch it. We want to hear all about it!
Congratulations on completing your two-week Social Anxiety Brain Food Diet.
Now repeat - and repeat - until these things no longer phase you. Remember, you're sculpting a more confident version of yourself. Every step you take is a victory, every stumble a lesson. Make stepping outside of your comfort zone a habit.. and watch your confidence soar!