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10 Self Confidence Boosters

Self confidence boostersDo you need a little help feeling more confident? Even if you don’t, there’s always room for growth in this area. Self confidence comes from challenging yourself to step outside of your comfort zone and real that you really are capable of more than you thought. Now, maybe you know you want to be more confident, but don’t know how. Here are 10 things you can do to boost your self confidence:

Start a conversation with a stranger

This can be the grocery checker, the person standing behind you in line, or even someone in your office you’ve never had the chance to meet.

Try something new

We get comfortable with the things we know and do really well. Try something new because you may discover one more thing you can be confident doing.

Do something that forces you to face a fear

Many of our fears are silly. Nothing says confidence like fearlessness, even if you have to fake it.

Get published

Start a blog or join a social network. It’s exciting when you discover that there are people out there who want to hear what you have to say.

Go to a networking event

I get terribly anxious at networking events, or any social situation where I don’t know anyone. I make myself set a goal, like “I’m going to talk to 3 different people in the next 30 minutes.” Being on a mission makes me feel more confident.

By a new outfit

There’s something about new clothes that makes you walk a little taller and carry your head a little higher. When you look good, you feel good.

Set a fitness goal

Beyond the health benefits of working out, it also helps you create a more positive mental image of yourself.

Develop new skills

Learn the skills you need to do the things that are going to make you succeed and accomplish your goals.

Say “No” to something

People who aren’t confident say “Yes” to everything because they are too afraid to rock the boat. Don’t get taken advantage of. Stand up for yourself, and say “No” if you have too much on your plate.

Take notes

We all have role models we look up to. Take mental notes on what makes them confident and emulate these qualities. How do they behave? How do they carry themselves?

Do you have any other ideas for how to boost self confidence?

To a happy, healthy, and productive life!

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Mastering Internal Confidence

Contrary to my previous post, internal confidence is not easily faked. You may be able to fool others, but it’s hard to fool yourself in this area. As I said before, confidence radiates from the inside out. Once you’ve mastered internal self-confidence, the external part will come out naturally, and you won’t have to fake it anymore.

I have been searching for advice on how to build my own self-confidence and have come across some great suggestions:

Create a personal commercial

This is a mantra or personal pep talk highlighting your strengths and goals, which you recite to yourself in the mirror daily. It might go something like this:

“I am intelligent, passionate person with a wealth of qualities to be shared and appreciated. Others want to hear what I have to say because I add value to and enrich their lives in meaningful ways. There is no limit to what I can accomplish.” Don’t wait! This offer is only available for a limited time…just kidding.

Be grateful

List everything you have to be grateful for. This includes your talents, your achievements, and your potential. When you see how many things you have to be grateful for, you have a better understanding of your true value and an even stronger reason to be confident in yourself.

Get over fear of failure

You need to realize that failure or being wrong won’t kill you. Don’t be afraid of the things you think you can’t do. The greatest successes often come with the highest risks. And hey, if you are wrong, so what! Learn from it and move on.

Lighten up

This is one that I am guilty of. I tend to take my work and myself too seriously, and in turn, I overwhelm myself unnecessarily. I mistake my ego for confidence, which makes it difficult to face the risk of failure or accept constructive criticism. By relaxing, it becomes easier to take action and move forward more confidently.

Get to know yourself

How well to you really know yourself? Do you know what you want in life? What’s holding you back? Ambiguity makes it difficult to charge forward toward your dreams. If you take the time to think about these things, there is less uncertainty which fosters confidence.

“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams.”

–Henry David Thoreau

To a happy, healthy, productive life!

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