Episode #001: Wire Your Brain For Confidence With Louisa Jewell

Growing up, I was always small for my age.  Like really small.  I was only 4’11” and 105 pounds as a freshmen in high school.  Because of that, I lacked a certain amount of confidence in my life.  I remember trying out for the basketball team and thinking there is no way I can make this team.  And this despite playing on competitive travel teams and being selected to various all-star teams.  I was good, but I just didn’t have the confidence to show it. 

That lack of confidence carried with me into my first job.  So much so that I struggled mightily for the first 3-4 years, ruminating about whether I measured up.  Eventually, I found ways to boost my confidence I did excel in my job.  But it took a long time.

If you’ve struggled with confidence, you’re still struggling with it, or maybe you just want to improve your confidence, then today’s episode is perfect for you.  Today I speak with Louisa Jewell about how her just released book, and how we can wire our brain for confidence.

I encourage you to check out her book called, Wire Your Brain for Confidence: The Science of Conquering Self-Doubt.

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In today’s episode, Louisa and I discuss:

  • Her journey to studying and writing about How to Wire our brains for Confidence – including how a serious illness gave her the motivation she needed to change her life.
  • Purposeful Habits and Practices that every one of us can start doing today to Wire our Brain for Confidence
  • Some of the biggest challenges we face to boosting our confidence and how to overcome them
  • And much more!

Louisa’s Book

You can order Wire Your Brain for Confidence: The Science of Conquering Self-Doubt right now!

You can also download the first chapter of her book for free here.  Just scroll down below the book picture and follow the directions to download the chapter.

Books Louisa Recommends

Learned Optimism:  How to Change Your Mind and Your Life by Martin Seligman

Peace is Every Step:  The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life by Thich Nhat Hanh

Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers by Robert Sapolsky

Check Out These Resources Mentioned

The best place to find out more about Louisa is at her website.

Louisa strongly advocates for taking a strengths assessment to help you perform better and subsequently boost your confidence.  Links to the two strengths assessments she references are provided below:

Strengths Finder 2.0 Talent Strengths Assessment

Character Strengths Assessment

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If people can … take their focus off looking good and focus more on getting good that’s one of the best ways you can wire your brain for confidence” – Louisa Jewell

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