Self confidence is a belief in yourself and what you want in life, based on an implicit trust in your own abilities to deal with the things that come your way in life. You will find that with greater self confidence, you will have a more positive mindset and greater faith in your actions and choices, in spite of what others may have to say about you. Self confidence can be developed, so fret not if you find that you are lacking in it. With some practice and the following 5 steps, you will find yourself building up your self confidence!
Step 1: Avoid negative statements about yourself
The comments that you make about yourself, or to yourself, has a great impact on your self confidence. If you are thinking negative thoughts, it will lead to negative feelings about your situation and yourself. You may not realize it, but negative or self deprecating comments over time will erode your self confidence.
Step 2: Identify your own issues
I advise people that the above were my own personal issues and that each individual has to identify there own. Think about your strengths and how you can play to them, as well as your weaknesses and how you can improve upon them. Do not let your ego get in the way of over inflating your strengths, nor in downplaying your weaknesses.
Step 3: Self Affirmation
Just as it is important to avoid negative thoughts, positive thoughts are encouraged and have a uplifting effect on your emotions and confidence. Make a list of your accomplishments, no matter its magnitude, and acknowledge them. The power of the mind cannot be underestimated. If you desire something strongly enough, let it be the motivating force.
Step 4: Believe in yourself
Beliefs are things that we know to be true, and accept as true without needing to question or consider it. Believe that you can do what someone else can do, and you will be able to achieve it as well. In order to achieve such a level of self confidence for the previous statement to be true, you must first start believing in yourself so as to empower it. Hence, controlling what you believe is the key towards creating a life that you wish to have.
The key to building self confidence is to believe in yourself. If you have trouble trying out something new, it is not a bad thing to initially stick with what you’re familiar with. This will help you feel more confident, and give you the assurance to go ahead onto something new. By going into something new with a positive attitude and belief in your abilities, you will find it easier to be confident and act confident. Over time, you will find that your comfort zone will have increased significantly, as will your self confidence.
Step 5: Perseverance
There will always be setbacks in life, and we must learn to be more resilient in order to bounce back from these. When things do not go the way you planned, it is alright to be tough with yourself if you were to blame. The crux is not in just taking or laying the blame, but in figuring out what went wrong and how you can fix it. If the problem is something outside the scope of your control, it was not your fault in the first place.
Do not let the downs in life get to you. Take the time to think through what happened, and how you can avoid it from happening again. If you feel that you are in need of a confidence boost, speak to your friends and your family to put things in perspective.
Take the time to put these 5 simple steps into practice, and you will be well on your way to building up your self confidence. Meet your problems head on and learn how to deal with different situations. It is alright to be afraid, or to fail, the key is to keep moving forward and working on improving your self confidence.
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