The study shows the influence that clothing has on people’s psychological processes.
The important thing to remember (even if at first counter-intuitive) is that there’s a connection between the clothes you wear and your performance. It has everything to do with how you feel.
Here’s how the experiment on different groups of students was conducted.
First test. One group was given a jacket and told it was a doctor’s coat. The other group was used as a control group.
They were asked to perform brain games that tested their levels of attention. The group in the doctor’s coat performed significantly higher.
Why? Was it the fabric? Did the weight on their shoulders cause them to pay attention? They wanted to find the answer, so they did a second test.
Only this time the group was given the same jacket and told it was a painter’s smock. The other group – same as before – was used as a control group.
Results? The people given a painter’s smock performed equal or worse than the control group.
So what was the conclusion? The doctor’s coat had a powerful symbolism attached to it.
It gave those students confidence. They felt like someone (a doctor) who pays attention, hence they performed better.
Painter’s aren’t necessarily associated with attention, at least not as strongly as a doctor.
Action Step: Dress like the person you want to become.
You’ve heard the expression: “Dress for the job you want, not the one you have.”
It seems cliche. But it’s all connected to how you feel. And these little details are proven to help you become a more confident man.
Not to mention – ladies LOVE a well-dressed man 🙂
Confidence In Summary
All we talked about in this article can be summarized in one single aspect – a change in mindset.
It takes practice shifting your mind. Confidence & insecurity are opposites, so naturally the mindset that causes self-doubt is a polar opposite from the self-assured one.
So how do you recondition your mind? If you want abs, what do you do? Change your diet & increase cardio. If you want bigger pecs? Bench press more. If you want a confident mindset? Practice confidence building exercises. Your mind is a muscle just like your biceps are.
Face your fears immediately instead of dwelling on them.
Focus on the present instead of getting lost in your head.
Power pose your way to confidence
Preparation against last minute panic.
Dress for your perception of success
And if you look at it this way, it all comes together and you’ll find it easier to be your most confident self… all the time!