Boosting confidence is something that can change the way someone feels about themselves. Nobody is born with limitless self-confidence. On top of this, we have to deal with our inner critics of self-doubt that constantly tell us that we are not good enough.
Here are 10 strategies to boost your confidence:
1. Visualize yourself as you want to be.
Visualization is the technique of seeing an image of yourself that you are proud of, in your own mind. When we struggle with low self-confidence, it means that we have a poor perception of ourselves and that is often inaccurate. Practice visualizing a fantastic version of yourself, achieving your goals.
“What the mind can conceive and believe it can achieve.”Napoleon Hill
2. Affirm yourself.
We tend to behave in accordance with our own self-image. The trick to making lasting change is to change how you view yourself. Affirmation are positive and uplifting statements that we say to ourselves. Normally, the best way to boost your confidence is to believe in yourself
3. Do one thing that scares you every day.
The best way to overcome fear is to face it head-on. By doing something that scares you every day and gaining confidence from every experience, you will see your self-confidence soar. Get out of your comfort zone and face your fears! At the end of the
4. Question your inner critic.
Some of the harshest comments that we get come from ourselves, via the “voice of the inner critic.” If you struggle with low self-confidence, there is a possibility that your inner critic has become overactive and inaccurate. Find opportunities to congratulate, compliment, and reward yourself, even for the smallest successes. Encourage yourself and not blame yourself.
“You have been criticizing yourself for years, and it hasn’t worked. Try approving of yourself and see what happens.” Louise L. Hay
5. Set yourself up to win.
Too many people are discouraged about their abilities because they set themselves goals that are too difficult to achieve. Start by setting yourself small goals that you can win easily. Once you have built a stream of successes that make you feel good about yourself, you can then move on to harder goals.
“To establish true self-confidence, we must concentrate on our successes and forget about the failures and the negatives in our lives.” Denis Waitley
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6. Care for yourself.
Self-confidence depends on a combination of good physical health, emotional health, and social health. It is hard to feel good about yourself if you hate your physique or constantly have low energy. Make time to cultivate great exercise, eating and sleep habits. Build your self-confidence by making the effort to look after your own needs.
“Self-care is never a selfish act — it is simply good stewardship of the only gift I have, the gift I was put on earth to offer to others.”Parker Palmer
7. Shift to an equality mentality.
People with low self-confidence see others as better or more deserving than themselves. Instead of carrying this perception, see yourself as being equal to everyone. They are no better or more deserving than you. Make a mental shift to an equality mentality and you will automatically see an improvement in your self-confidence.
“Wanting to be someone else is a waste of the person you are.”Marilyn Monroe
8. Do you?
Stop comparing yourself to other people. Comparing yourself with other people is a sure-fire way to start feeling crummy. Focus on your own goals, dreams, and achievements. Stop comparing yourself with someone else. Focus on what makes you happy.
9. Surround yourself with a supportive people
Find people who make you feel good about yourself and avoid those who tend to trigger your negative thinking. Having a strong supportive or positive group of people around you, will make you feel good about yourself. If you’re surrounded by positive people, you’ll build or develop your self-confidence
10. Be kind and generous.
Be kind and generous to other people. Be kind to other people because you will definatly feel good about yourself. You act in accordance, you start to feel good about yourself, and to think that you are a good person. It does wonders for your self-confidence, believe me.
NB: Take charge of your feelings.