Self-confident people are admired by others and inspire confidence in others. By taking small and effective measures, you can increase that self-confidence, without the help of anyone else.
Understand that success would not make you confident—confidence in yourself and your abilities would make you successful.
You must change your perspective and your mindset, and choose to be confident. This can be easier said than done, but there are specific actions you can take that will help you apply these principles to being confident.
Here are few ways that you can adopt to boost your confidence in life.
Being presentable will make you feel good about yourself. For example, taking a shower before an important meeting or spraying some fresh perfume, will create a rush of energy and make you feel confident.
If you feel successful, you will be successful. Now, dressing nicely doesn’t necessarily mean wearing a $500 outfit, but rather implies wearing clothes that make you comfortable and that bring out the confidence in you naturally.
Change your body language
This is where posture, smiling, eye contact, and speech slowly come into play.
Just the simple act of pulling your shoulders back gives others the impression that you are a confident person.
Smiling will not only make you feel better, but will make others feel more comfortable around you.
Change your mindset
How you talk to yourself makes a huge difference to your confidence and overall personality. If you beat yourself down constantly, you are less likely to be confident in public. On the other hand, if you are positive and lively, your confidence will naturally take a hike.
The self-talk you use, otherwise known as your inner monologue, has a direct impact on your confidence. You become what you think inside your head.
So, the next time you hear that negativity horn go off in your head, switch it immediately to a positive affirmation and keep it up until it hits the caliber of a self-confidence boost.
Whilst trying to change something about yourself (in this context – to boost your self-confidence), you need to be aware of how your mind functions, your triggers and limitations.
Start listening to your thoughts. Start writing a journal about yourself, and about the thoughts you have about yourself, and analyzing why you have such negative thoughts.
And then think about the good things about yourself, the things you can do well, the things you like.
Dig deep within yourself, and you’ll come out (eventually) with even greater self-confidence.
Believe in yourself
An important step in boosting self-confidence is overcoming self-doubt. You will never be entirely confident until you doubt or speculate too much over yourself.
Love yourself enough to understand your value. Only you know what you know, and you should be proud of that. But if you question yourself time and again, you are only setting yourself up for failure.
It’s time to identify the areas in which you doubt yourself and remove those barriers.
Face your fears
Unless you face your fears, you will always be hidden in your little shell. It is imperative to break open your safety shell and come out of it to boost your confidence.
When we feel in control, we’re not afraid. When we have a level of comfort with something, it’s not scary. When we don’t feel in control, we don’t think clearly because our emotional brain is in the driver’s seat and takes over.
This is why fear often seems random and irrational—our emotions are in control. And once we overcome that fear, there wouldn’t be anything to be worried or fearful about!
Exercise has been one of my most empowering activities that can make you feel so much better about yourself. Exercising creates a rush of hormones that make you feel strong and confident about yourself.
Start small, like taking a walk a few times a week, and you’ll see the benefits.
Practice slow breathing
Every time you feel anxious or worried, practice slow breathing. Breathe deeply and focus on inhaling and exhaling.
This makes you feel stronger and where your body goes, your mind follows. It boosts your confidence by helping you be in the present and understand the situation better.
Visualize your goal
Positive visualization is a powerful tool to wield on the road to understanding how to become more confident. Think of yourself succeeding and do your best to minimize any thoughts of failure. Remember that you get what you focus on.
When you visualize something over and over again, your mind begins to believe that it has already happened. And when the situation finally arises – your brain thinks, “I got this.” That’s confidence