Confidence is a key quality in your life. Confidence can have a profound impact on your life, both professionally and personally.
It’s easy to believe that confident people are born that way, but the truth is that you can increase your self-confidence and self-esteem no matter what.
These 12 tips will help you feel more confident about your abilities and allow you to reach your full potential.
1. Recognize your achievements and start by acknowledging them
Give yourself credit when it is due. There are many achievements in your life. You should be proud. Keep a list of all the achievements you are proud of, and make sure to display it on those days when you need extra motivation.
2. Consider the unique qualities that make you different
You are unique and no one else can have the same combination of attributes as you, so be proud! Look at ways you can magnify your strengths, and don’t let your light dim. You can start by sharing your talents and allowing the joy it brings to fuel your next positive move forward. Write an “I am” listing with all the extraordinary qualities that you have, similar to your “win” lists.
3. Do the work
Knowing that you are prepared will boost your confidence. If you are unsure of your abilities, trust yourself and practice ahead. You can increase your confidence by simulating the experience and how it will go. You can also build your confidence by committing to do one thing each day that brings you joy and lights you up.
4. Face your fears head-on
Fear can be a debilitating emotion and can cause you to lose your confidence. Instead of encouraging fear, create a plan to address it.
5. Partially dress
It matters how you present yourself. To make a fashion statement and feel good, you don’t need to be wearing the most recent trend or expensive clothing. You should take pride in how you look and present yourself. You should ensure that your clothes fit properly and that you are comfortable standing and sitting.
6. Smile and be proud
It is amazing how a smile and posture can make a difference in your confidence levels. As much as possible, stand or sit tall while keeping your shoulders back and chin high. It’s possible that we have become more comfortable with hunching over our virtual worlds. You will notice a difference in your mood if you smile when you feel less confident.
Scientists have shown that smiling can improve your mood, reduce stress, and boost your immune system. It naturally releases endorphins, serotonin, and other chemicals that increase happiness. You will feel a difference in your mood and happiness if you smile throughout the day.
7. Fake it till you make it
You can be more confident if you act confidently. This will help you feel more confident over time. Listen to guided meditations and affirmations to help you reframe the thoughts that fill your head and find positive statements to improve your outlook. Give yourself a high five by looking in the mirror first thing in the day. These small actions can make a huge difference in your self-esteem and confidence.
8. Surround yourself with positive people who will encourage and support you as you embark on your journey.
Borrowed confidence can be a great thing. I mean the belief and support that others have in your abilities. You should ensure that people around you are supporting you and not pulling you down. Don’t downplay your accomplishments, strengths, or wins. If you do this, you are signaling to yourself that you don’t have the same level of success as you really are. This can lead to a low level of confidence.
9. Visualize yourself reaching your goals.
Your confidence will increase when you see yourself succeeding. This will give you the drive to continue your efforts. To keep you moving forward, think about the outcome of your actions. You’ll be less likely to lose your way and stop moving forward when you are connected to your “why”.
10. Take care of your mental and physical health
How confident you feel directly affects your confidence. Get enough sleep, exercise, and eat well. You should pay attention to more than just physical symptoms. Also, be aware of mental health issues that may need to address. You will make it difficult to be healthy if you don’t have time for your wellness. So create a routine that supports both of these areas. You’re more likely to feel confident and in good health, if you are mentally and physically healthy.
11. Focus on growth and not perfection.
Instead of allowing yourself to think that you are a failure or a success, confidence will be built. You’ll notice a boost in confidence when you acknowledge and recognize what you are learning and how you are developing.
12. Keep doing it
Repeating the same thing builds resilience and grit which in turn boosts your confidence. It will be easier to make progress and navigate challenges the next time you have to do something that requires confidence.
It can be difficult to build confidence, but it is possible with effort and time. Start small, be proud of your achievements, believe in yourself, and surround yourself with people who will help you. Don’t lose sight of your goals. You are worth it.