Have you ever felt as though you might benefit from strengthening your confidence? While it is not 100% imperative to have confidence, it will certainly make your life a lot easier. You can still accomplish things without self-confidence, but, would you actually try? If you do not believe that you are going to be successful, you will likely throw in the towel before getting very far. Confidence can be elusive as our success ebbs and wanes.
How then can you maintain your confidence through the ups and downs of life?
Here are a few suggestions to help raise your self-confidence.
1. Know thyself. Make a list of all of your strengths and capabilities. Include things that you seem to have a talent or an aptitude for but have never actually tried. Perhaps you are reliable, intelligent, coordinated, and have excellent musical abilities.
- Putting your positive qualities on paper will show you the many reasons you already have to be self-confident. You are already doing better than you think.
2. List your major achievements. Think about all the amazing things you have already accomplished in life. We tend to mentally linger on our perceived failures rather than our successes. Try lingering on the good stuff for a change of heart. We have the ability to choose our thoughts, so choose wisely.
3. Make a list of your daily accomplishments. At the end of each day, make a list of all the things you have accomplished.
- Little things count. Perhaps you paid all of your bills on time, exercised for 30 minutes, and helped your child fix her bike.
- It may sound trivial, but each of these little things matter.
4. Learn how to self-motivate. Real, justified confidence comes from the ability to achieve goals. Achieving goals largely comes from the ability to stay motivated.
- Everyone knows that it is easier to put things off, procrastinate, and invent excuses for not applying themselves.
- Set yourself up to have a successful each day. Come up with a few daily activities that will improve your life and also provide a sense of accomplishment.
- For example, you might decide to read a certain number of pages in a book each night or exercise for 45 minutes each morning.
- Stick with your plan and you will begin to learn to trust yourself to follow through.
5. Take good care of yourself. Looking and feeling your best can contribute to your self-confidence. Take the time to stay healthy and fit. Dress well and practice good grooming habits.
- If you take good care of yourself, you will start to believe you deserve it. And others will believe that you deserve it as well. That alone is a great confidence boost!
6. Set goals to boost your confidence. Setting goals is important. It allows you to see what areas of your life require the most confidence. If you have the goal of finding your perfect life partner, this might require more confidence than when it comes to introducing yourself to others.
7. Challenge your mind on a regular basis. Continue learning new things and keep your mind sharp. Everyone around you will find you interesting.
- Consider reading more, doing brain teasers, staying on top of current events, improving your vocabulary, and playing games that require a lot of thought.
8. Work at it daily. Work to complete these simple steps continuously. Strive to better yourself in all of these areas each day.
- Self-confidence is not a one-time event. It has to be cultivated over time. Growing your self-confidence is not much different from growing vegetables in a garden.
Having a high level of confidence makes life so much more enjoyable. By executing a simple action plan, increasing your confidence can be fun and interesting.
Consider drawing up your own personalized self-confidence action plan. It can be incredibly rewarding.
By taking charge of your own life, you will boost your confidence even higher.
To your continued success!!
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