“Nothing builds self-esteem and self-confidence like accomplishment.”
A lack of confidence can affect every area of your life, from your job performance to your personal relationships. In reality, how you perceive yourself has a powerful impact on how others treat you.
Some factors in bolstering your self-confidence may be beyond your control, but there are some tangible things that you can do as well. Using these tips will help you reach your full potential as a successful and confident person.
1. Dress confidently.
Dress like the person you want to be and you will feel yourself become that person. Now, this doesn’t mean that you have to go out and spend a fortune on the latest designer clothes. It’s better to buy a few really nice pieces that go with most things and that you can mix and match to create different looks.
Some people might think this is kind of shallow, and resent being judged on their appearance. But, it works. When you feel that you look good, you feel good too.
2. Walk faster.
People who walk confidently keep a brisk pace because they have things to do and places to be. Simply quickening your step will help you to feel more confident.
3. Keep good posture.
People can tell a lot about you by the way you carry yourself. If you have slumped shoulders and cannot look people in the eye, you will leave a negative impression on them. Keep your head up, make eye contact with others, and stand up straight and tall. You have nothing to hide.
4. Be grateful.
Gratitude creates a state of peace in your body. A peaceful mind radiates confidence. Make a list of the things you appreciate about yourself and be grateful for your past successes. Tell those you love how much you appreciate them being in your life.
Keeping a gratitude journal, and writing down the things that you are grateful for each day, can help you keep a sense of perspective on your life. Even during times of adversity you will be able to appreciate the good things in your life.
5. Compliment others.
In addition to showing appreciation for what you have, it’s also important to show others your appreciation. If you think negatively about yourself, then you will have a tendency to criticize others. Break this habit by praising others on a daily basis. Seeing the best in others will bring out the best in you.
6. Give back.
Contributing to the success of others will not only help you to feel better about yourself, but karma will reward you in the end. What goes around comes around, right? Volunteer your time to help those in need or make a monetary contribution to your favourite charity or cause.
7. Don’t be afraid to speak up.
Many people keep quiet for fear of saying something silly. Taking an active role in discussions will distinguish you as a leader amongst your peers, and perhaps more importantly, to you! They will quickly recognise that you have confidence and plenty to offer.
8. Exercise regularly.
If you work hard to create a better physical image, you will not only be healthier, but you have more energy and a heightened self-image. All of these things will contribute to your self-confidence, as will the compliments you receive.
9. Sit in the front row.
Most off us have a tendency to try to blend into the back of the room somewhere. We don’t like to be noticed. Confident people sit up front where they can take part in discussions without fear.
10. Take a chance and try something new.
Learning a new hobby or activity will broaden your horizons and help you feel ‘alive’. Anytime you spend stretching your mind and leaving your comfort zone will improve your self-confidence.
The more self-confidence you build in yourself, the more likely you will be to succeed. No matter what task you chose to conquer, you will do so with enthusiasm. Any setbacks you encounter will not bother you because you will have the confidence necessary to continue.
Those who are insecure often find life to be a struggle, but with increased self-confidence, you can find it a joy. Why suffer when you can soar?
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