5 Proven Ways To Boost Self-Confidence

Dictionary.com defines self confidence as " realistic confidence in one's own judgment, ability, power, etc". I'm not sure if that is the best definition though, because people with low self confidence don't necessarily have true insight on their own abilities. In fact they are usually way off compared to how other's see them.

Most people would like more self-confidence, here are 5 ways to improve your self confidence, plus if you love these tips I have 7 more in the Resource Library read to the end for details on how to get free access.

1. Always Think Positively — Negative thoughts can diminish your sense of self-worth. If you think you can’t do something, most likely you will be right. Try to focus only on positive thoughts. When you notice a negative thought creep in, mentally tell yourself "stop." Immediately think about something positive, it doesn't have to be related to your negative thought. Get into a practice of interrupting those negative thoughts. You are more likely to give yourself your best try when are in a positive frame of mind.

2. Be Prepared — One of the best way to gain self-confidence is to be prepared. Being unprepared will often give you feelings of being inadequate. Read, study and gain the knowledge you need to get the self-confidence to complete that task. For example, if you need to give a presentation at work, make sure to do your research, so that you are sure in yourself and your ability to do a good job.

3. Get to Know Yourself and Show It — You have to really know yourself inside and out if you want to improve your self-confidence. Without taking the time to get to know yourself, you won't be able to show others how confident you are. Here's some ideas to do some self-exploration. Take a few minutes each day to listen to yourself. Listen to the thoughts you have and write them down. Try out journaling, doodling or even recording audio or videos of yourself. Write down your strengths and weaknesses without being harsh and negative - be realistic. Then review them, see what needs work and what you are already doing well!

4. Identify Your Fears and Work through Them — If you fear the end results of something (within your control) it might be a red flag that you are having confidence issues. You may fear failing something or disappointing someone. Failing in itself is not always a bad thing. Failure when applied correctly can give you the information you need to grow and be successful. The more you work through, and overcome your fears, the more self-confidence you will gain.

5. Identify What You Think Will Help Make You Confident — Everyone feels confident in different ways. It might be wearing your favorite shoes or feeling the time you spent learning about a certain topic has set you up for success. Once you figure out what personally makes you feel more confident make an effort to add more of these actions into your life.

If you want to kick up your self-confidence a notch or two take a look through this list and see which ones you can apply. I especially think the ideas in #3 and #5 are great daily practices to incorporate into your day. 

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