Most people don’t enter this world carrying bountiful levels of self-confidence, but it is something that is built over time.
Many of us lack confidence due to various issues that take place during our upbringing.
Low self-confidence can come from low self-esteem and not feeling a high level of self-worth.
Those who do not get to lay the foundation from childhood can fine-tune their confidence levels with life experiences and some personal development work.
Let’s take a closer look at the meaning of confidence.
What is Confidence?
The word confidence means to have a sense of certainty or truth about something.
Are some people born with it? Being born with a foundation of confidence is somewhat accurate.
We all start with a foundation of self-confidence.
Belief in one’s self or self-confidence does not happen overnight.
It takes place through a series of exercises or events that feed a regimen.
These exercises are not a one-time occurrence. Instead, it’s your commitment to you.
Let’s take a look at five ways to boost your confidence.
1. Practice Positive Thinking
Nothing builds confidence like positive thinking.
Positive thinking enables you to believe in yourself and your ability to reach your highest potential.
Positive thinkers are optimistic about the world, other people and especially themselves
2. Be Comfortable with Your Strengths and Acknowledge Your Weaknesses
You might think that the person with self-confidence is highly intelligent, rarely wrong, and without any faults.
However, this is not the case.
Confident individuals know their strengths and overtime, build on those strengths, but they also recognize their weaknesses and seek help when necessary.
They do not allow arrogance or pride to hold them back.
3. Become a Risk Taker
This next suggestion might feel counterintuitive, but you must become a risk-taker.
Stepping outside of your comfort zone and trying new things can be a great confidence booster.
Risk-takers learn to thrive under risky situations and gain exposure to experiences and opportunities that they might not have otherwise encountered.
This exposure to new things and new accomplishments is an excellent way to boost your self-confidence ultimately.
Treat these risks as challenges and new opportunities.
4. Practice Setting and Achieving Goals
There’s nothing like the feeling of setting and achieving goals.
Start small and slowly work your way towards doing something big!
Take the time to establish SMART Goals and over time, slowly tick off those milestones as you conquer each one.
5. Plan for Success
Visualize your success.
You will never get there if you cannot see it.
Ignore the negative thoughts and the negative voice within that may be telling you that you cannot achieve great things.
Many refer to it as the “inner critic.” Work on quieting that inner critic. He or she can become a distraction.
Cognitive behavioral therapy can be useful in helping you find your path to mindfulness and positivity, ultimately, quieting that inner critic.
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Self-confidence requires us to believe in our self.
This belief means stepping outside of our boundaries and taking a risk that enables us to learn from it but to also celebrate the successes that accompany it.
Building your self-confidence is well worth any effort it takes as it can really open a whole new world, not only in your own perception but how others perceive you.