“Confidence comes not from always being right but from not fearing to be wrong.”
Peter T. Mcintyre
So, my last post covered 14 ways you could boost your confidence. This follow-up will quickly recap those tips and then go into some practical examples of how to use them.
1. Look good, feel great.
- Be a sharp dresser
- Stay in shape
2. Let your body language show confidence.
- Stand up straight
- Be relaxed and open
- Walk quickly
- Hold your head up
- Make eye contact
- Smile and the world smiles with you
3. Use positive self-talk throughout your day.
- Make use of affirmations
- Keep your inner dialogue positive.
4. Set SMART goals.
5. Maintain positive relationships.
- Give compliments
- Receive compliments graciously
- Follow the Golden Rule
- Be honest
- Show kindness and love
- Sandwich constructive criticism in between good points
- Look for the best in others and bring it out
- Admit your mistakes and apologize when you’re wrong
- Eliminate gossip
6. Look within yourself.
- Strengthen your strengths
- Determine your passions and pursue them
- Write a “me” speech
- Improve your weaknesses
7. Do things you enjoy.
- Reinforces your value
- Sharpen your skills
8. Feel gratitude.
- Reflect on the good
- Keep a gratitude journal
9. Speak up and be noticed.
- Sit in the front
- Have something to say
10. Seek the company of positive people.
- Surround yourself with like-minded individuals
- Avoid negative people
11. Live by your principles.
- Know what’s important to you
- Always do what you believe is the right thing
- Desire things because you want them, not because someone else does
- Don’t compare yourself. Your worth doesn’t depend on others
12. Challenge yourself.
- Expand your comfort zone
- Set ambitious goals
13. Celebrate frequently.
- Reward yourself for a job well done
- Become more aware of each success along the way
14. Act confident.
- “Fake it ‘til you make it”
- Help someone
- Dress for success
Confidence grows through a series of experiences and challenges over a lifetime. Each little success will boost your confidence.
Each day, you are given several opportunities to build your confidence through uncomfortable situations, difficult conversations, and moments of stress. It is your reaction to these opportunities that determines your strength, resolve, and courage.
Through practice and preparation, you really can boost your confidence!
Review these 14 self-reflection questions below:
1. What can I do to boost my confidence through how I look and feel?
2. How does my body language paint a vivid picture of my confidence?
3. What positive affirmations and motivational quotes do I rely on?
4. What are my SMART goals for this week, month, and year?
5. Who is important in my life? Do I treat them with an abundance of love and kindness?
6. When I reflect on my situation, what are my successes? In what way can I improve?
7. What am I passionate about?
8. Who and what am I grateful for? Why?
9. How do I exhibit my leadership attributes to others?
10. Who do I surround myself with? Positive, like-minded individuals or toxic people?
11. What do I strongly value and believe in? Am I willing to make sacrifices for my beliefs? Why?
12. How do I challenge myself to go outside of my comfort zone?
13. What do I have to celebrate today?
14. When the going gets tough, how do I react?
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