Six Ways to Boost Self-Confidence
Now that you understand what self-confidence is, you are probably wondering if there is a way to gain more of it. First and foremost, if you are realizing you don’t have self-confidence, don’t feel bad about yourself. Everyone feels less confident about their self at some point in their lives, and that is okay. It is how you react to it that is the most important.
The good news is that there are plenty of things you can do to build more self-confidence.
- Always Think Positively — Negative thoughts can diminish your sense of self-worth. If you believe you can’t do something, chances are you won’t be able to do it. Try to focus only on positive thoughts. Positive actions usually result in positive things because you are more willing to give it your best try. When you complete a task, instead of thinking “I didn’t do that well” say “I did great” even if you don’t believe it. Eventually you will and in turn will build up your self-confidence.
- Be Prepared — The best way to gain self-confidence is to be prepared. If you are not prepared in what you are about to do, more than likely you will feel less confident in your ability. Read and gain the knowledge you need to gain that self-confidence and to complete that task. For example, if you need to present an idea to someone, gain all the knowledge you can about that subject so that you are sure in yourself and your ability to accurately present it.
- Get to Know Yourself and Project It — If you don’t have an accurate picture of who you are, you won’t be able to gain self-confidence. Take a moment each day to listen to yourself. Listen to the thoughts you have and write them down. Write down your strengths and weaknesses without being harsh and negative – be realistic. Think about it this way. To win against someone in a competition, you learn about them so you know how to beat them. Essentially, you are doing the same thing so you know which areas need work to gain self-confidence.
- Identify Your Fears and Work through Them — More than likely, you lack self-confidence because you fear the end results. You fear failing something. As stated earlier, failing isn’t always a bad thing because it gives you the knowledge you need to be successful later. The more you work through, and overcome your fears, the more self-confidence you will gain.
- Identify Your Positive Traits — Identifying your positive traits is a good way to avoid negative thoughts. It also gives you assurance that you are worthy. If you only focus on your bad attributes, you will feel hopeless and feel as though you are worthless.
- Identify What You Think Will Help Make You Confident — Everyone feels confident in different ways. It might be the clothes you wear or gaining knowledge on a certain subject. Either way, it’s important to identify these, which are personal to you, and make an effort to work towards them.
In the end, gaining self-confidence can be done if you do the work. Thinking positively avoids negative thoughts to keep your self-esteem high. Being prepared leads to a higher sense of self-worth because you have the knowledge you need to succeed. If you understand yourself fully, work through your fears and show off your positive traits, you are sure to gain the self-confidence you need to have a more satisfying life.