Ahhhhh, self-confidence. It is such an important quality to build for your health and your psychological well-being. Self-confidence is essential because it can help you with everything from personal success to professional success and anything in between. A healthy level of self-confidence, on the other side, isn’t something that’s always innate. For many individuals, it is an ongoing process that needs constant work. In this article, we will explore ways to enhance self-confidence.
Benefits of Self-Confidence
Self-Confidence can bring tremendous benefits at work, at home, in your interpersonal relationships, in your love life, and your trust in yourself regarding things you choose to undertake. Many benefits can quickly start to show up in your life when you increase your self-confidence. Better performance is one thing that can happen soon. When you trust yourself, you know that you can spend your time focusing on the task at hand rather than doubting and holding back on what you want to achieve. Being confident will allow you to perform better and devote your energy to your efforts.
Being Self-Confident will help you build the best possible relationships. With confidence, you will understand yourself better and understand others and craft the relationship you want. It will also allow you to leave unhealthy relationships without many regrets as you will be confident in your choices and actions.
When you are confident, trying out new things is more accessible, making you enjoy life to the fullest. Whether it is applying for a new job, trying a recent activity, finding new ventures and hobbies, or anything else, being confident is the ultimate key to doing this successfully. It will give you the drive to do this with ease.
Having self-confidence helps you build resilience and not easily get discouraged by life’s challenges. Confidence will help you bounce back easily from anything that didn’t went your way and will help you continue and push past any challenges you might be experiencing.
The following steps will help you get a boost in self-confidence whenever you need more of it in your life.
Surround Yourself With Positive People
It is said that you are a direct product of your environment. One thing you should pay careful attention to is who you surround yourself with regularly. Are the people in your environment lifting you or dragging you down. Do they judge you constantly, or are they accepting you exactly as you are? We don’t realize it, but the people we hang it with significantly affect our well-being and how we think about ourselves. If you feel bad after hanging out with a specific person, it might be time to say goodbye and spend your energy elsewhere building better relationships. Surround yourself with people who want the best for you and love you.
Face Your Fears
Stop putting things off or move away from things that make you feel uncomfortable. One of the most significant ways to build confidence is to face your fears dead on and get out of your comfort zone, trying things out and doing something you are afraid of regardless. Go ahead and ask that girl on a date, book a bungee jumping session or skydiving session, get in front of a crowd, make a speech, try an experience you have been afraid of trying, etc… The bottom line is the more you will face your fear and realize that nothing wrong happens out of it, the more confident you will be in your life. If you are afraid of trying something because you think you will mess up or be embarrassed, try it anyway and tell yourself, it is simply an experiment. You might learn that being anxious or making a few mistakes isn’t bad at all. Each time you move forward in the presence of fear, you gain confidence. This confidence will then allow you to take a risk and mitigate negative consequences down in your life.
Practice Positive Self-Talk
How often do you excite yourself up or talk to yourself positively? Most people tend to practice negative self-talk without being aware of it. They will subconsciously put themselves down in their head in the face of any challenges. This lessens your confidence and subconsciously freezes you from taking any actions, speaking your mind, or moving forward.
Here are a few examples on how you can change the way you talk to yourself following a situation.
- Instead of telling yourself “I can’t handle this,” or “This is impossible,” try reminding yourself that “You can do it,” or “all I have to do is try.”
- Instead of telling yourself “I can do nothing right” when you make a mistake, remind yourself “I can do better next time,” or “at least I learned something.”
- Instead of saying you “hate” public speaking, use a milder word like “don’t like,” and remind yourself that “everyone has strengths and weaknesses.”
Be Kind to Yourself
Practicing Self-Compassion is essential when it comes to boosting your self-confidence. Being kind to ourselves when we make mistakes or fail at something will enhance our mental-emotional flexibility and allow us not to be or feel down in the face of failure. In 2009, a study published by the Journal of Personality strongly linked self-compassion and self-confidence together. So the next time you’re in a challenging situation, recognize that being imperfect, falling short at times, or making mistakes is all a natural part of life. Do your best to navigate these challenges with self-compassion.
Take care of your body and mind
It is tough to feel great about yourself when you abuse your body and mind. Things that lack improper diet, lack of sleep, substance abuse, and a lack of physical activity can all lead you down the dump. Practicing meditation, being physically active, eating a proper diet, and getting enough sleep will go a long way for your self-confidence. When you are great and feel great, your life is a whole lot easier.
Stop Comparing Yourself to Others
This one is very important on the list of self-confidence. Whether you compare how you look compare to others, what you have or your financial situation; comparison aren’t healthy. A study from 2018 established a direct link between envy and how you feel about yourself. The more you compare yourself to others, the more envy you can build up, and the more envy you build up, the worst you can feel about yourself and your own situation. If you feel envious about other people and their life, remind yourself of your own strength and successes. You can use other’s success as motivation towards achieving your goals, but staying too long in that zone can prevent you from focusing on your own life and accomplishments and making you feel bad about yourself. Remember that everyone has their own path and life to go through and working on yours is all you can do. Life isn’t a race so as long as you keep moving in a direction of your choice, well you are moving and making progress and that’s all that matters.
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