Confidence is defined as “believing in oneself and one’s abilities.” Lacking self-confidence can impede success in many facets of our lives, including work, personal relationships, school, and social situations. Fortunately, there are ways to build confidence in yourself that you may not think of or know about. Being aware of these five proven techniques will help you become more confident tomorrow!
Here’s how to boost your confidence in 5 ways:
Self-esteem is how much value you place on your own self-worth; the higher your self-esteem, the more likely you will be to feel positive about yourself (and thus act confidently). There are three main factors associated with building strong self-esteem: performance accomplishments, global trait ratings, and physical appearance.
How you look does matter! Research shows that your physical appearance is the factor most likely to have an effect on how much confidence you have. If you are handsome or beautiful, well-groomed, and appropriately dressed for the situation, you will be more confident than if these things are not true. Visit your local General Dentist for checkup, pop into the Hair Salon et voilà!
The best at anything still make mistakes sometimes! While it may seem logical to believe that being the best at something would make you feel confident about yourself, research suggests this is often counterproductive. How can one feel great about their self-worth when they aren’t even perfect? Plus, focusing only on what you cannot do also limits your potential success in life.
Instead of aiming to be the best at something, aim to be as good as you can be.
One of the most effective ways to boost your confidence is by actually doing something that makes you feel proud and accomplished. By taking action and completing a task that we know we were able to finish successfully, our brains release chemicals that make us feel good about ourselves. These “feel-good” hormones give us a surge of positive energy, which will increase our self-esteem and confidence levels.
The power of visualization is something most athletes know well. The more you visualize a successful outcome, the more likely it will be for that outcome to occur in real life. Effective visualization can work even better than positive thinking because our brains respond better to visual stimuli.
For many people, these techniques may not feel natural, and thus they do not get used very often; if you keep trying to implement these techniques in your life, though, you will find yourself becoming increasingly confident about the things you need to do on a daily basis. You can even use some of these suggestions for how to be more confident when talking to others!
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