Habits of Confident People

By Kimberly Gerber

confidence1 copyConfidence is one of the most admired traits in people.

Yet how can we recognize the habitual behaviors associated with confidence so that we can learn to behave in these ways as well?  Consider the following behaviors that can mark a confident person.

A confident person…

  • Believes in their own abilities, talents and strengths, and is not paralyzed by doubts. The key word here is paralyzed – we all have doubts from time to time and a confident person remembers to have assurance in their own beliefs and does not look for the approval of others, knowing it’s not needed.
  • Knows they have much to offer the world, and respect the value they bring to life. They treat others well and expect the same in return.  They are not hesitant to have boundaries and protect their own rights.
  • Is certain, yet realistic, about the goals they will achieve. They believe in their plans, and anything resembling failure is regarded as a temporary setback, challenge to overcome or learning opportunity.  A confident person is comfortable in taking on challenges and acting even in the face of risk.
  • Identifies themselves with other confident people. They celebrate others’ successes and relish in the realization of people’s inherent potential.
  • Dreams big and acts on those dreams. They can picture themselves as successful in whatever they do.
  • Accepts the recognition of others rather than diminishing or deflecting such recognition as if they believe it can’t possibly be warranted.
  • Accepts themselves as they are, yet are open to feedback that will help them become better.
  • Is open to new ideas and is willing to entertain them.
  • Is willing to accept mistakes.
  • Is always prepared to do their best.

Confidence is like a muscle – it has to be exercised to get strong.  It requires plenty of preparation and practice, and can be achieved by anyone who has a desire to be more confident, successful and fulfilled in their lives!

And, if you’re serious about building confidence, download our free eBook, Incredible Confidence. You’ll learn how to project confidence in everything you do. Plus, you’ll receive the Incredible Confidence training series for free!

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Is your Presence Powerful or Powerless?

By JoAnne Foist

iStock_000016743467_SmallHave you ever been passed over for an opportunity and wondered what the person selected had that you didn’t? Most likely they had a more confident and powerful presence.

Did you know that people judge you within 30 seconds of seeing you?  This means that before you even say a word, you’ve made an impact. And even when you start speaking, over 80% of what you communicate is still through your body language.  So the question is this, are you making a positive or a negative impression?  Not, sure?  Check yourself against this list to see if your presence is powerful or powerless.

Do You Have Good Posture?

A straight upright position communicates self-confidence and builds trust among others.  Practice standing up strait with your shoulders back and your head held high to project a powerful presence.  If you find yourself slouching, you’re communicating insecurity and indifference…that would be a powerless presence.

How’s Your Eye Contact?

Direct eye contact is another sign of confidence and trust. When you look someone in the eye, you’re making a great impression and generating confidence and trust.  If you dart your eyes around, or constantly look down, you’re communicating disinterest and insecurity…not a very positive impression.

Are you Smiling?

Smiling raises your energy, creates trust and attracts people to you.   Smiling also makes you more likable and approachable. If you’re frowning, it communicates displeasure and worry and pushes people away.

Check Your Body Movement

Take wider steps and keep your body positioned forward with your head neutral.  As with the above three postures, this communicates confidence and projects a powerful presence. Plus, walking in this manner actually increases your own energy and confidence. If you walk with your shoulders down and/or your head down, you’re communicating lack of energy and confidence, in other words, a powerless presence.

How did you fair? If not so good, then you could be missing out on huge opportunities! So start making these adjustments to your body language today! If you want additional tips for creating a more powerful presence through body positioning, check out our article “It’s True…Actions Speak Louder Than Words.” You’ll find more detailed instructions for good body language, plus there’s a free body language tip sheet available for download.

And, if you’re serious about building confidence, download our free eBook, Incredible Confidence. You’ll learn how to exude confidence in everything you do. Plus, you’ll receive the Incredible Confidence training series for free!

Serious about building a Powerful Presence? Attend our Powerful Presence Workshop and lean how to get better in everything you do. You’ll leave the workshop with a more powerful presence and improved communications!

What makes a Great Leader…well, Great?

Business Partners Shaking HandsBy JoAnne Foist

Think for a moment about the greatest leaders you know…what makes them stand out from the pack?

While many adjectives can be used to describe a great leader, and our definitions of leadership might differ, we all know a great leader when see one. Think of the leader you most admire…how do they make you feel and what skills do you think they possess?

Do you want to be known as an exceptional leader? I sure hope so. You don’t have to run a company or start a revolution to be a leader; leadership is demonstrated by how we live our lives everyday. Below are seven habits of great leaders that, with practice, you can master.

Seven Habits of Great Leaders

  1. Confident – Great leaders have confidence in their ability to get things done. And when they do not have previous experience with an initiative or challenge, they have the confidence to know they will figure it out and/or procure the right resources to do so.
  1. Inspirational – Great leaders inspire action. They inspire their team to be the best they can be and they help them get there. They do what it takes to set their team up for success.
  1. High-Integrity – Great leaders lead by example. They have strong values and can be counted on to be consistent, honest and fair. They make ethical choices, they practice what they preach and support their team in doing the same.
  1. Communicators – Great leaders are kind, smart and courageous in their communications. They are proactive and inclusive communicators who go the extra mile to create clear (and often concise) messages in order to ensure everyone understands the vision, goals, direction, etc. Great leaders listen to their team and establish systems and habits to ensure ease of communications throughout their organization and customer base. Great leaders also realize that revolutionary ideas can come from anywhere and so they communicate with everyone!
  1. Positive – Great leaders use optimal thinking to motivate others and focus on a successful future. They see the opportunity in every challenge and keep everyone focused on overcoming obstacles and continual growth.
  1. Tenacious – Great leaders demonstrate perseverance when pursuing their goals. They hold firm to their vision and see it through to completion. They accept roadblocks, pitfalls and hurdles as obstacles to overcome – not reasons to quit.
  1. Supportive – Great leaders follow the platinum rule. They support their team the way the team needs to be supported and they provide a safe environment to work and share ideas. They encourage and support risk taking and challenge the status quo. They care about the well-being and success of each team member.

Using these traits as a barometer, how great is your leadership? A quick way to up your game is to select a few areas where you aren’t so successful and practice the behaviors indicated. Pay attention to the changes you witness.  Leadership is about leading ourselves as much as it is leading others and developing your leadership skills is an investment that pays dividends through the course of your life.

Take the first step in building leadership muscle by registering for our free training class on Building Incredible Confidence. You can start by downloading our free eBook, “The Confidence Habit.” It’s full of tips for developing your confidence and, by applying just a few of the techniques mentioned you will begin feeling more bold and seeing the response to your improved skill.

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How to be a Risk Taker Even When you’re Scared

2Don’t you admire risk takers – especially when they win or give a thrilling performance?

There’s something exciting about someone who takes a chance – the person who has courage to start a business in a down economy, a football team that goes for the two point conversion to win the game, or those that put it all on the line to get what they want. These folks seem fearless.

How about you? What was the last risk you took? What risk did you not take? Fear is one of the biggest culprits that holds us back from achieving our wildest (or not so wild) dreams. If this is true for you, then you might want to understand fear better.

Fear is often described by the acronym False-Evidence-Appearing-Real. Think of it this way – in our mind, we have conjured up some evidence that we label as real. We might believe that we will fail, that we will be embarrassed, that we will lose everything, that we will be rejected, or worst of all, that we will feel ashamed.

Dale Carnegie warned that, “Inaction breeds doubt and fear.” If that’s the case, then action breeds confidence and courage.

Take these steps to overcome fear and take action:

  • Get real about the potential outcomes – What’s the best that can happen? What’s the worst that can happen? What is likely to happen?
  • Take a small, safe step – Research your dream; gather more information; make a plan.
  • See yourself successful.

Begin today by shining the light on the false evidence that appears real in your life. When you do, you will become more realistic about potential outcomes. Your confidence will get a boost and you will be more prepared to take a risk.

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Moving from Doubt to Get ‘Er Done

iStock_000022305200_SmallPeople who get things done don’t let anxiety and worry hold them back.

They are too busy moving forward to get side-tracked by doubt. They approach new opportunities with a perspective of hope and possibility which inspires them to focus on what they want and take action.

Doubters, on the other hand, come from a place of worry and a perspective of challenges and limitations. When we’re doubtful about being able to achieve what we want, we open our minds to negative thoughts. And, as you can imagine, the more negative thoughts we have, the less likely we are to get started. Doubt can be paralyzing. Even skilled snow skiers sometimes stand too long on the edge of a ski slope, looking down. The longer they look over the tips of their skis, the steeper the mountain appears, the higher the moguls, the further the fall. Doubt creeps in and sometimes the thrill of a lifetime is abandoned for something safer.

What about you? Are you standing on the edge doubting if you should take the next step?

The next time you find that your doubts are holding you back from your dreams, take these 4 simple, yet powerful, steps:

  1. Take a deep breath.

  2. Remember the skills you have that support you to move forward.

  3. Determine your first safe step.

  4. And just do it!

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Confidence and You

iStock_000017880167_DoubleThink of a recent social or business gathering you attended. Who were the people that projected confidence? You probably remember them well because confident people radiate a warmth and enthusiasm that draws people toward them. They approach these occasions as opportunities to meet, greet and grow. Less confident people, however, generally hide in the background or stick closely to people they know.

We all yearn to have confidence – to feel as if we belong. Here are a few tips to help you feel confident no matter what you’re doing or whom you’re with:

Smile – Confident people smile – they smile with their mouth and their eyes. Their energy is positive. Even when they’re nervous inside, they don’t show it on their face.

Breathe – If you feel a little anxious around people or situations that are unfamiliar to you, take a few deep breaths to relax. Slow, mindful inhales and exhales lower anxiety and nervousness immediately.

Show Interest –  Take the focus off yourself and put it on others by asking thoughtful questions and listening with interest. People with confidence care about others. So always ask, listen and learn.

Use Positive Self Talk – Give yourself positive messages, reminding yourself of your strengths, talents and successes. Recite a simple mantra for when you are feeling anxious or uncertain.

New situations can make anyone feel a bit anxious and uncertain. By applying these simple tips, you will feel less nervous, more empowered, and more confident.

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4 Ways to Make Deposits into Your Confidence Bank Account

6a00d83452dc8469e2019b00491a61970dIt’s all too easy to overlook the wonderful things about ourselves when the world is constantly pointing out the things that are not. It’s important for us to be in charge of our own ‘confidence bank account’ and to make many deposits so we do not become overdrawn when the world makes withdraws. Additionally, we must not to rob ourselves with negative self talk, but overflow our confidence bank account with positive thoughts about who we are and what we are capable of.

Here are some boosters that can help keep your confidence bank account full:

#1 – Be aware of your successes.

Keep track of your successes. Literally write them down on a log or in a journal. Keep a record of all successes, both great and small. By writing them down you can review them. This way when self-doubt sneaks in to your mind, you can review your successes and reframe your current challenges in a more positive light. Every time you do something right, make sure you also reward yourself. A reward can be as small as praise, or as big as a formal celebration. Get in the habit of recognizing and rewarding yourself for succeeding in life rather than punishing yourself for coming up short.

#2 – Be aware of your abilities.

What are your abilities? What are the skills you have gained through training and experience? Keep an “I’m good at” list as a reminder of what you are capable of on those days when you feel like nothing is going right. We can feel insecure about our self-worth when we give too much attention to our flaws. So change what you are looking at by reminding yourself of the skills and abilities you possess.

#3 – Be aware of your talents.

What are your talents? What comes naturally to you? Talents, which are innate, are different than abilities, which are learned. The next time you feel a lack of confidence, remind yourself of the talents you naturally possess. Talents don’t come and go; they are with you all the time. You have every reason in the world to remain confident knowing that you always have talents that can be accessed and used when you need them.

#4 – Be aware of the compliments others give you.

Truly listen for the compliments given to you by others. Compliments reveal the value that others see in us. When you hear yourself saying, “I don’t have what it takes”, or “I never do anything right” stop listening to that voice and replace those thoughts by remembering the compliments others have given you. We may sometimes make withdraws from our own account, but positive thinking can overcome any negative thinking that may have been robbing us.

Conclusion? We need to learn to be positive. By being aware of the thoughts, words and actions that shake us, we can take change withdraws from our confidence bank account into deposits that bring us abundance.

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When You Communicate Your Goals, Help Is On the Way!

KS113267-2By JoAnne Foist

The past few weeks we have been talking about goals. In fact, it’s the trending topic at the start of each New Year. Why? Because this is the time when most of us feel motivated to set new goals. Unfortunately, come February, most of us give up on our goals. Surprisingly, one of the reasons for this failure is lack of support.   Sometimes we simply fail to communicate our goals and thus do not have support, or worse, those around us do not understand why we’re changing and respond negatively, which can sabotage our success.

You can avoid this pitfall by simply communicating and generating support for your goals.

Tell Your Peers, Friends and Family…

Whenever you want to make changes, it’s important to let those around you know of your plans and goals. You need to communicate why you want to make this change and the importance of having your peers, friends and loved ones’ support. Otherwise, those around you will be confused and could react negatively to your new behaviors. For instance, if you are trying to lose weight, you should let your friends know this and schedule fun activities that support your new healthy lifestyle instead of the usual calorie-heavy lunches or cocktail hours. This sets you up for success and begins establishing your friends as your support group. Also, if you normally go to lunch with your team and now you’re going for walks instead, invite them to join you. Communicating your goals goes for your household too. When one person makes a change, it affects everyone in some way. This would be a good time to not only communicate your goals, but to set family/household goals. Using the example of losing weight, if you’re now coming home later in the evenings because you’re going to the gym after work and cooking lower fat meals at home, it’s important to explain this to your family. This is also a great way to bring the family in on meal preparation and perhaps group outings.   Even when we change for the positive, it can be scary for our loved ones since they love us the way we are. When you bring those around you in on your plans, they can become your biggest supporters and might even join in your goals. Now you’ve got a new lifestyle.

Tell Your Leadership, Colleagues and Employees…

Developed an amazing vision for your organization? You can’t realize it if your organization does not clearly understand it. Think about it…how can others follow you if they don’t know where you’re heading? If you find your vision and goals inspiring, you should be able to inspire your team. And if they are inspired, they are more likely to support you. You should talk about your goals for the organization all the time so they remain front and center. Also, help your team members take ownership of your vision. This constant reminder and ownership will ensure the goals remain the priority over the other day-to-day distractions. You’ll build momentum toward success and the culture will start to shift.

All this being said, in spite of your best efforts, not everyone will support your goals. In these cases it’s important to stick to what’s right for you. Hopefully, as they see your increased success and progress they will begin supporting you. And if not, it’s time to access their future role in your life and/or organization. Often times when we change, our professional and personal social circles change as well.   In both old and new circles communicating your vision and what’s important to you will be key to your success and happiness.

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Want Success? You’ve Got to Visualize it!

The first step in getting what you want is knowing what you want! You’ve got to create your vision for success.

By JoAnne Foist

What do top athletes have in common, besides being top athletes?  They visualize their success.  They get a clear picture of what they want to happen and imagine it happening so when the time comes for the actual event, they feel that they’ve already been there and success comes more easily.  “The more an athlete can image the entire package, the better it’s going to be,” said Nicole Detling, a sports psychologist with the United States Olympic team” (Clarey, 2014). Michael Phelps used visualization to prepare for every race and he smashed world records. Countless top athletes, executives, celebrities, entrepreneurs, leaders and others have used visualization to achieve success and you can too!  Yes, they all still do the work required to achieve their goals, but visualization gives them that mental edge. It’s a mind-body connection that sets you up for success.

What is Visualization?

It is a mental rehearsal of what you want to have or do.  In your mind you picture (or imagine) what you want as you engage all your senses.  Essentially, you’re designing the life that you want and imagining what it feels like.

What does Visualization do?

Visualization boosts strength and confidence, reduces stress, and improves motivation and performance.  Research has shown that when you visualize doing something, you activate your brain and your muscles.  In a study with 3 groups of participants consisting of a group that exercised, a group that visualized exercising, and a control group that did neither, the results showed that the group who visualized had almost as much strength gain as those who actually did the exercises. “The mental training employed by this study enhances the cortical output signal, which drives the muscles to a higher activation level and increases strength” (Neuropsychologia, 2004). And, as we talked about last week, when you repeatably visualize doing something, you create neural pathways in your brain.

What is Visualization Used For?

Visualization can be used for anything you want to manifest; the list is endless such as:

  • Goals/bucket list
  • Healing an injury
  • Acing an interview, getting the job
  • Presentations, performances
  • Auditions
  • Closing a sale
  • Difficult conversations
  • Being Successful
  • Winning an event
  • Buying a new car, home, etc.
  • Being in a profession
  • Practicing your golf swing
  • Working out, dancing, performing
  • The life you want

Practicing Visualization:

  1. Sit up straight or lie down. Take several long deep belly breaths.  Focus on your breath as you inhale and exhale.  Next pay attention to each part of your body and relax it from your head to your toes. Completely relax.
  2. Now that you’re relaxed and mentally alert to your body and breathing. Create the your mental picture (goal) in the present tense as if you’re already living this.  Engage all your senses…What are you hearing, what does the air taste like, how do you feel, who are you with, what does it smell like, what are you doing, what are you seeing, what are you wearing, and how are others reacting to you. Imagine everything in this mental picture.
  3. Make the image brighter and more intense.  Really pay attention to your feelings and sensations as you imagine having and/or doing this.
  4. Do this mental exercise in the morning, or the evening for 5 minutes a day. And, like all those great Olympians, do it right before you’re actually doing what you’ve been visualizing.
  5. Combine with your affirmations.

My Own Experience:

When I was trying to qualify for the Boston Marathon, things kept happening during my races that seemed to stop me short of my goal, even though I was doing all the training miles and my pacing was on target. I decided to give visualization a try.  For about 3 months every night before I went to bed I visualized the race: How I was feeling, how the race felt, what I was wearing, the spectators cheering, the sounds, the announcer saying my name, running toward the finish, the time on the clock and throwing up my hands as I finished.  On race day, I replayed my visualization tape in my head as I waited for the gun to go off.  As I ran the race, everything felt natural, familiar and easier.  I achieved my goal of qualifying for the Boston Marathon at my exact visualized time.  Adding visualization to my existing training gave me the mental edge to finish strong; I believe it was the difference between success and failure. And, yes, I also did mantras during many of my training runs leading up to the race and they came into my head during the race which helped to keep me strong and focused.  But it was really seeing it through my visualization that made me believe it and achieve it. As we said in last week’s post, what you focus on, you become.  I hope you focus on great things.  In the Fast Track To Success, we provide a wonderful and transforming tool for creating your vision.  If you’ve not joined, be sure to signup and download this worksheet. Then you’ll be well on your way to success. And, if you want additional help in achieving success, attend our upcoming workshop, Powerful Presence.  I am already visualizing you there.

Change Your Mind, Change Your Life…The Power of Positive Affirmations

iStock_000002472713SmallThe Thoughts You Think Create Your World.

By JoAnne Foist

“If you believe it, it’s true for you!”  What we say to ourselves is what we believe.  So what are you saying to yourself right now?   Is it positive or negative?

Either way, your subconscious believes it and you’re wiring your brain accordingly.  That’s because our brain’s neuroplasticity, which is our brain’s ability to change and create new neural pathways based on our physical and mental experiences, changes based on what we repeatedly think.  Neuroscientist, Sarah McKay, explains it this way “When you repeat thoughts or perform certain behaviors over and over again, new synapses are formed, and other synapses in particular brain circuits become more efficient. As we say in neuroscience ‘when neurons to fire together they wire together’.  As the circuit becomes strengthened the thought or behavior becomes ingrained” (2015).  This is why positive affirmations are so powerful; our continuous thoughts and our behaviors have been scientifically proven to change the wiring of our brains.  Plus, what we no longer do, or think, will be taken over by our new behaviors and thoughts; this is a key element in habit change.

What is an Affirmation?

An affirmation is stating something to be true. Positive affirmations are stated in the present tense and in the positive form.   Present and positive tense includes, “I am,” “I have,” and “I attract.” A negative tense would be “I am not.” Your affirmations need to be what you do; not what you will not do. When you say affirmations, your subconscious does not hear the “not” and thus registers the sentence without it. For instance, when you say to yourself, “I will not forget my keys,” your mind hears “I will forget my keys.” In terms of affirmations, the statement should be “I am lean and strong,” instead of “I will lose weight.”

What’s Your Self-Talk?

You’ve probably been hearing about affirmations for years, but are you doing anything about it? Think about your self-talk. What are you saying to yourself and would you allow your best friend to be treated the way you’re treating yourself?  If the answer is “no,” then stop beating yourself up and start pumping yourself up. It can be quite simple; you just have to change what you say to yourself.  I am amazed when people tell me that they are not willing to try positive affirmations because it’s silly when they seem to have no problem with negative ones.

 To Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Focus

You might be thinking, “Changing my thoughts is hard!”   That can be true depending on how you go about it.  If you say to yourself, “I am not going to think a certain thought;” You’ll want to think (obsess over) that thought more. So, trying to avoid the thought doesn’t work. I would call this the “hard way.” Here’s an example, if I tell you to NOT think about a yellow balloon, that’s the first thing you’ll think about. But, if I tell you to think about a pink elephant, your mind goes to the pink elephant instead. So you switched your thinking from the yellow balloon to the pink elephant, not by trying not to focus on the yellow balloon, but by focusing on the pink elephant instead.  This would be the easier way to change your thoughts; You change your focus.

Also, when you start having a negative thought, acknowledge it, don’t fight it, and instead move on to a positive thought. We can only think of one thing at a time, so when you think of something positive and keep repeating a positive mantra, you’ll start focusing more on the positive, and the negatives will lose their power. You’ll be creating new neural pathways in your brain and new thinking patterns.

 Affirmation Build Up

Also, be sure to develop positive affirmations that you believe. Meaning that you might need to build up on positive affirmations. Instead of starting with “I love my body,” when you really don’t, repeat to yourself “My body supports me,” or “I am grateful for what my body allows me to do.” These statements will start changing your views of your body in positive ways.  As your words change, your thoughts and self-beliefs change. Your affirmations can build from there.

Affirmation Examples:

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I trust myself I am calm I am healthy and strong
I make great decisions Everything is as it should be I enjoy healthy food
The solutions come to me I have all the time I need to do what I need to do I love my life
I am successful I finish my projects with ease I love my body
I am a quick learner I am focused and at peace I love my mind

Create your own affirmations that resonate with you. You can also check out Louise Hayes for tons of inspirational affirmations.

 How to Use Affirmations

Once you’ve selected your positive affirmations, you start practicing them until they feel real and true to you. Depending on how you learn best, here’s how you’d do it:

Visual Learner – Post your affirmations in places where you can see them. Keep them with you either on note cards or in your cell phone’s notes section.

Auditory Learner – Record your affirmations and listen to them when you’re driving, exercising, getting up and/or going to bed.

Kinesthetic Learner – Write your affirmations over and over again.

Combination Leaner – Practice 2, or all 3 of these methods.

Doing these when you wakeup and before you go to bed are great ways to set your mind for the day, and then for your dreaming state.  Also, every time you have a negative thought, replace it with a positive affirmation (mantra).

Positive Affirmations Really do Work

The law of attraction says that we draw to us what we give out. “Like likes like.” Positive thoughts attract positive experiences and negative thoughts attract negative experiences.   Affirmations have also been proven to reduce stress and increase your creativity and problem solving abilities. They make you happier!  Personally, I use them all the time, and have been amazed at the results. When I wanted to qualify for Boston, I repeated my time mantra and visualized it when I was training and before I went bed; It worked.  When I wanted to travel the world, I repeated the mantra “I am a world traveler” and within 3 months, I landed an international position.  The point is that positive affirmations make you feel better and they help your bring more positive things in your life.  So why not give it a try? You have nothing to lose and everything to gain. You can change your thoughts, and thus you can change your world.

Since we’ve been working on our goals for the new year, this topic fits in perfectly. Creating affirmations (mantras) to support your goals will help bring them to you. And hopefully you’ve already signed up for our Fast Pass to Success, a FREE four-week mini course, which will help you focus on your top goal for the year and create a communication strategy to make it happen. If not, sign up here!