At some point or another, everyone needs a confidence boost.
Like finding the perfect pair of jeans or getting to inbox zero, confidence is a pretty elusive
thing. But without it, it’s all too easy to fall down the rabbit hole of self-doubt and
And this not only hurts us on a personal level (anxiety, depression, membership to the lonely hearts
club), but it can also put a damper on our professional success. That’s why we made it our mission
to find self-confidence shortcuts.
Consider these tips your rocket boosters to soar over the toughest situations with swagger, whether
it’s rocking a first date or acing an interview.
Self-confident people are admired by others and inspire confidence in others. They face their fears
head-on and tend to be risk takers. They know that no matter what obstacles come their way, they
have the ability to get past them. Self-confident people tend to see their lives in a positive light
even when things aren't going so well, and they are typically satisfied with and respect
Wouldn't it be amazing to have this kind of self-confidence, every day of the week? Guess what? You
"Low self-confidence isn't a life sentence. Self-confidence can be learned, practiced, and
mastered--just like any other skill. Once you master it, everything in your life will change for the
better." --Barrie Davenport
It comes down to one simple question: If you don't believe in yourself, how do you expect anybody
Try some of the tips listed below. Don't just read them and put them on the back burner. Really
begin to practice them daily, beginning today. You might have to fake it at first and merely appear
to be self-confident, but eventually you will begin to feel the foundation of self-confidence grow
within you. With some time and practice (this is not an overnight phenomenon), you too can be a
self-confident person, both inside and out, whom others admire and say "Yes!" to.
Stay away from negativity and bring in the positivity:
This is the time to really evaluate your inner circle, including friends and family. This is
a tough one, but it's time to seriously consider getting away from those individuals who put
you down and shred your confidence. Even a temporary break from Debbie Downer can make a
huge difference and help you make strides toward more self-confidence.
Be positive, even if you're not feeling it quite yet. Put some positive enthusiasm into your
interactions with others and hit the ground running, excited to begin your next project.
Stop focusing on the problems in your life and instead begin to focus on solutions and
making positive changes.
Change your body language and image
This is where posture, sing, eye contact, and speech slowly come into play. Just the simple
act of pulling your shoulders back gives others the impression that you are a confident
person. Smiling will not only make you feel better, but will make others feel more
comfortable around you. Imagine a person with good posture and a smile and you'll be
envisioning someone who is self-confident.
Look at the person you are speaking to, not at your shoes--keeping eye contact shows
confidence. Last, speak slowly. Research has proved that those who take the time to speak
slowly and clearly feel more self-confidence and appear more self-confident to others. The
added bonus is they will actually be able to understand what you are saying.
Go the extra mile and style your hair, give yourself a clean shave, and dress nicely. Not
only will this make you feel better about yourself, but others are more likely to perceive
you as successful and self-confident as well. A great tip: When you purchase a new outfit,
practice wearing it at home first to get past any wardrobe malfunctions before heading out.
Don't accept failure and get rid of the negative voices in your head
Never give up. Never accept failure. There is a solution to everything, so why would you
want to throw in the towel? Make this your new mantra. Succeeding through great adversity is
a huge confidence booster.
Low self-confidence is often caused by the negative thoughts running through our minds on an
endless track. If you are constantly bashing yourself and saying you're not good enough,
aren't attractive enough, aren't smart enough or athletic enough, and on and on, you are
creating a self-fulfilling prophecy. You are becoming what you are preaching inside your
head, and that's not good. The next time you hear that negativity in your head, switch it
immediately to a positive affirmation and keep it up until it hits the caliber of a
Learn everything there is to know about your field, job, presentation--whatever is next on
your "to conquer" list. If you are prepared, and have the knowledge to back it up, your
self-confidence will soar.
For tough times, when all else fails: Create a great list
Life is full of challenges and there are times when it's difficult to keep our
self-confidence up. Sit down right now and make a list of all the things in your life that
you are thankful for, and another list of all the things you are proud of accomplishing.
Once your lists are complete, post them on your refrigerator door, on the wall by your desk,
on your bathroom mirror--somewhere where you can easily be reminded of what an amazing life
you have and what an amazing person you really are. If you feel your self-confidence
dwindling, take a look at those lists and let yourself feel and be inspired all over again
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