Self-confidence is one of the most endearing qualities in people. Like an impressive cologne, self-confidence is great for the person wearing it and even attracts others to you. In fact, it has a tendency to rub off on those around you too.
While it is not uncommon for people to doubt themselves at times, here are six solid tips to help you build your self-confidence.
1. Know yourself
There is no way you can become a better version of yourself if you do not know who you are in the first place. What you should do when setting out to build your self-confidence is to know your strengths and weaknesses. Once you are aware of these, you can engage in activities that embrace your strengths and work towards improving on your weaknesses.
2. Work on your appearances
Building self-confidence requires as much effort on the outside as it does on the inside. Negative opinions of your looks can impact your self-esteem. Find ways to think about your looks more positively. As an example, something as simple as sitting up straight can vastly improve how you feel. Practicing proper hygiene techniques and dress well can help too.
3. Face a fear
Have you noticed that a good number of people involved in extreme sports (bungee jumping, snow hiking, air gliding, etc.) usually have a high level of self-confidence? We are not asking you to go do something dangerous just for the sake of building confidence, but we are surely asking you to identify a fear and face it. Do you fear to speak in public? Sign up for a class, or volunteer to speak at a work event. When you come out on the other side of that fear tunnel, you will find out that there is really ‘nothing to fear but the fear itself’
4. Embrace your mistakes
Thinking less of yourself anytime you make a mistake is one of the fastest ways to kill your self-confidence. What would boost your confidence levels though is accepting the mistakes, learning from them, and moving on. That gives you a record of the past, informs you for the future, and makes you a better person for it overall.
5. Celebrate the little wins
Waiting for a big win before you break out the fine china is not good practice. When you appreciate yourself for the small wins, you give yourself even more self-esteem. With self-esteem comes that extra motivation to get the rest of the goals on your sheet. With getting the rest of those goals comes even more confidence.
6. Find what brings you joy
We are yet to see a confident person that was grumpy all the time. The reason for that is not far-fetched. Confident people have found a way to make themselves happy, no matter how small the source activity is. Reading a book could be your thing. Watching a live game could be it for someone else. Something as gentle as taking a slow evening drive with the breeze grazing your face could even be the boost you need.
The journey of boosting your self-confidence is not completed in a day. It is usually a lifelong practice of constantly rediscovering and motivating yourself, radiating a beautiful halo of self-confidence in the process. Like every other thing though, moderation is key.
Keep that in mind and you are soon going to be the most self-confident person in any room you enter… easily!