9 Ways to Boost Your Self-Confidence
“When you have confidence, you can do anything.” -Sloane Stevens
Many successful people attribute their success to their sense of self and confidence. However, few people truly explain how to develop confidence or how to become confident.
It’s difficult because confidence is built on a variety of factors, but in general, it’s built on choices and accomplishments that feed your passion and make you happy and proud of who you are.
Discovering these things is one of the most worthwhile endeavors you can undertake in your life. Here are ten ways to start building your confidence:
1. Take each step one at a time
Change, like most things we discuss, will not happen overnight. And expecting it to happen overnight can lead to a lot of frustration, which is definitely not the goal.
Instead, make a habit of doing small things every day that add up to big results. And don’t be discouraged if you have a couple of bad days. There will be numerous ups and downs. The important thing is to keep going.
Take the Tortoise’s advice: slow and steady wins the race.
2. Push Yourself Outside of Your Comfort Zone
Getting out of your comfort zone is one of the most effective ways to grow. It will be frightening to try new things, but that is kind of the point.
Try to listen and do one thing that scares you every day. That’s a good place to start. Doing one terrifying thing per day is ideal because it combines taking it one step at a time with stepping outside of your comfort zone.
Here are some simple ways to push yourself out of your comfort zone on a daily basis: smile at a stranger, try new food, find your way without Siri, and tell someone how you truly feel.
After you’ve completed these small tasks, you’ll realise you’ve survived and will gain the confidence to attempt larger tasks.
3. Surround yourself with people who support you.
We are frequently (if not always) our own harshest critics. If you’re having difficulty developing self-confidence, try surrounding yourself with people who believe in you. You can’t control everything, but you can usually control – to some extent – the people with whom you spend your time.
Say good-bye to those who diminish or put you down. Instead, surround yourself with people who encourage and believe in you. Their encouragement will help you realise that you, too, should believe in yourself.
4. Do Something That Brings You Joy
Doing something you enjoy is good for your soul. Doing something you’re passionate about, whether it’s exercising, creating art, or spending time outside, just feels good it helps to improve your self-confidence
And it’s obvious! The more positive you feel about yourself and how you spend your time, the more visible you are to those around you. Feeling good makes it easier to have faith in yourself and your decisions.
5. Have No Fear
Failing isn’t your enemy; it’s the fear of failing that holds you back. You’ll feel overwhelmed if you set lofty goals and have lofty dreams, and you’ll inevitably feel like you can’t do it. In those moments, you must look within yourself, gather all of your courage, and simply keep going.
Every wildly successful person has been afraid, but they have kept working and taking risks anyway, because what they are trying to achieve is more important and urgent than their fear of failure. Consider how badly you want to achieve your goal, then set your fear aside and keep going, one day at a time.
6. Take a Stand for Yourself
When your goal, project, or whatever is in its early stages and someone tells you that your goal is stupid or that you can’t do it, it’s easy to believe them because they’re adding to the chorus of doubts inside your head.
Logically, you reason, “How can I be correct when this person and all these doubts in my head tell me I can’t? This is a stupid idea.” And you must tell those people, particularly the voices in your head, that they are incorrect. You’ve got it in you, so tell them you believe in your goal and in yourself, and you’re going to achieve it.
7. Follow Through
People respect people who say they’re going to do something and then follow through on it. More importantly, if you say you’re going to do something and then do it, you’ll respect yourself, and believing in yourself will be easier because you know you’re not afraid of the work.
Action gives your words meaning, and it will help you achieve your goals, strengthen your relationships, and be proud of who you are.
8. Accept Yourself for Who You Are
Recognizing your inherent worth as a human being is what self-esteem entails. Not the worth of your achievements, promotions, or grades. It’s just you. Every single one of you. You are the way you are.
Let’s be honest here. We don’t expect you to wake up tomorrow morning loving everything about yourself. It will take time to accept yourself.
Instead, spend time getting to know yourself and remembering that you are perfectly fine as you are. You don’t have to be who people expect you to be – your worth is independent of what they think of you.
9. Exercise Self-Compassion
Let’s get right to the point. It’s critical to be kind to yourself. When you practice self-compassion, you create a safe environment in which you can try new things and make mistakes.
A judgment-free environment for growth fosters self-assurance and trust. Plus, when you make mistakes, you’ll realise that you’re deserving of kindness in the first place.
Regardless of your accomplishments, rejections, or social standing, you are deserving of love and kindness. You’re perfect the way you are. Every day, set a good example by demonstrating your love.
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