How to boost your confidence in 6 practical ways.

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SIMPLE WAYS TO BOOST YOUR CONFIDENCE EVERYDAY.

Self-confidence is something many people struggle with.  Being confident in oneself appears to occur naturally in some, while others struggle to obtain it.  It’s not an innate ability limited to a gifted few, but a set of skills that you can learn and use everyday, to boost your confidence.

Boost your confidence.

We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves.

Marie Curie

WHAT IS SELF-CONFIDENCE?

This is something that I struggle with myself.  I sometimes doubt the choices and decisions I make, especially when someone or something comes along to challenge my beliefs.  Or when I have to make a potentially life-changing decision.

On the other hand, my self-confidence levels up when someone pats me on the back, pays me a compliment or simply says hello.

Self-confidence is a belief in yourself, even if you know that your skills are not up to par.  Simply put, self-confidence is the belief or perception you have about yourself and your abilities.

Having self-confidence can make you feel like you can conquer anything.  Even if you know that your skills are lacking.   You are more likely to venture out of your comfort zone if you are more confident in yourself.

If you make a mistake or someone criticizes you, you have the resilience not to take it too personally and use it as a lesson or constructive criticism.  You also accept your limitations and are realistic in what you are able to accomplish.

On the other hand, if your self-confidence is low, you may compare yourself to others and constantly doubt yourself.  You might have a hard time saying no, so you over commit yourself or overachieve so your accomplishments make you look and feel superior.  You’re afraid to take risks because you don’t want to look like a failure or disappoint others.

WHY IS CONFIDENCE IMPORTANT?

Having low self-confidence can add to anxiety.  The combination of low self-confidence and anxiety can stifle your personal growth and keep you from going after what you want.  If the anxiety is too much for you to handle, seek the help of a professional, such as a therapist or a licensed psychologist.

Self-confidence is essential for personal achievement and growth.  Confidence gives you courage to venture out of your comfort zone so you can create new experiences.  You're less likely to criticize yourself or judge other people.  You have greater trust in your abilities to accomplish what you set your mind to.

Confidence is important because it can affect your performance.  If you were given a situation where you were expected to fail, and your confidence level was low, your performace could be negatively affected.  On the other hand, if you believe in yourself, your confidence can go up, and so can your performance.

It requires discipline to build confidence in yourself, but it can be done with some simple, daily habits.

6 PRACTICAL WAYS TO BOOST YOUR CONFIDENCE.

You can practice these exercises on a daily basis to help build your confidence.  They don’t take up too much time, so you can consume them in small chunks as you go about your day.  Studies have proven that these “tiny” habits can have significant and lasting impact on your self-confidence.

POWER POSING

Your physical posture can make a difference in your self-confidence.  The power pose, according to Amy Cuddy, may help boost your confidence.  You stand in a high-power pose for two minutes, which trains your mind to feel more confident, and boosts your performance.

Although some have claimed that the power pose doesn’t actually work, Cuddy analyzed more studies that prove there is a link between expansive postures and feeling more powerful.  The next time you need to boost your confidence, try a power pose.

CELEBRATE

You don’t need a special reason to celebrate your accomplishments.  It doesn’t have to be a grand affair either.  Celebrate your wins, even if they’re small.

Let’s say you have a big project that needs to be completed in a certain time frame.  If you focus on how big the job is and the amount of time you have, you may feel overwhelmed.

Breaking it up into smaller chunks so you can finish the tasks in bits and pieces can boost your confidence.  It is also feels more satisfying when you reward yourself each time you finish a small task, rather than waiting until the end of the project to celebrate.

DROP LIMITING BELIEFS

Write down your beliefs and ask yourself if they serve your highest purpose.  If not, release them and adopt new beliefs.  You learned them from your interactions with the people around you and your life experiences.  Some may help, but others might harm.

If you believe you can’t do something, chances are, you will not succeed.  You are more likely to accomplish your goals if you have confidence and believe in yourself.

SAY NO SET BOUNDARIES

Learning to say no and setting boundaries may seem like you’re cutting yourself off from people you care about.  But if you know that something is too much for you to take on, set limitations for yourself so you don’t become overwhelmed or stressed out.  This prevents you from committing to things you don’t really want to and stretching yourself too thin.

AFFIRMATIONS

You can try some powerful, daily affirmations every day.  Self-affirmations can help you boost your confidence and raise your self-esteem.  Write down very clearly and specifically what you want to experience, your desires and what you want to achieve.

Say them to yourself out loud or mentally each day.  Create a visual in your head for each one and believe that you already possess the affirmation.  You can also place sticky notes as reminders or create a vision board.

Replace a negative affirmation with a positive one.  For example, “I’m such an idiot” can be replaced with “I love myself exactly as I am.”  Over time, you may notice a shift in your mindset and your confidence level.

SELF-COMPASSION

When you practice self-compassion, you accept your flaws and imperfections.  You know that life is about learning, from your mistakes.   Studies have shown that people who are compassionate toward themselves were more likely to accept their roles in negative situations without being weighed down by difficult emotions.

Self-compassion will make you more resilient when you have setbacks, when you are fearful, or when you doubt yourself.  You know that everything will be okay, even if it doesn't work out the way you planned.

Self-confidence is a belief that you have in yourself, regardless of your abilities.  Even if you make mistakes or have setbacks, you will be more likely to accept them if you have confidence in yourself.  You can learn simple skills that help boost your confidence everyday so you can transform your life and become a better version of yourself.

Do you have any tips to share to boost self-confidence?  Let me know in the comments section.

 

 

 

 

 

Christine Songco is the creator of Third Bliss and is passionate about helping others thrive holistically by finding passion, meaning, and purpose in life. Christine has been featured in WebMD, Authority Magazine, Philips Lifeline, Owl Guru, and The Lifestyle Blogger UK.

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