5 Proven Ways To Boost Self-Confidence

I'm assuming you already know what self-confidence is.  You may be wondering if there is a way to gain more of it. If you know you don’t have great self-confidence, don’t feel bad.

Everyone feels less confident about their self at some point in their lives, and that is okay. What is most important is how you approach it.

There are lots of things you can do to improve your self esteem.

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." Then think about something positive, it doesn't have to be related to what you were thinking about, just get into a practice of interrupting those negative thoughts. Positive actions usually result in positive things because you are more willing to give it your best try.

2. Be Prepared — One of the best way to gain self-confidence is to be prepared. Being unprepared will often lead you to feelings of being inadequate. Read and gain the knowledge you need to gain that self-confidence and to complete that task. For example, if you need to present an idea to someone, do your research about the subject so that you are sure in yourself and your ability to do a good job.

3. Get to Know Yourself and Project It — If you don’t know who you are you will have a hard time getting a high level of confidence. Not only will you not be able to get more self-confidence you definitely won't be able to project that image to others. 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 it might be a red sign that you are having confidence issues. You may fear failing something of disappointing someone. Failing in itself is not always a bad thing. Failing 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 your favorite shoes or the time you spent learning about a certain topic. Once you figure out what personally makes you feel more confident make an effort to add more of these actions into your life.