There’s no denying that confidence is a powerful feeling. It can impact your career, relationships and overall happiness in life. But what if you struggle with low self-confidence? Is there anything to be done about it? Yes – and I’ll teach you exactly how to do it! I’ll cover the six best ways to increase your confidence.
What is confidence?
First, let’s look at what confidence is. It is the unique feeling that you have in yourself to succeed at whatever task is at hand. Different from arrogance, which would suggest you know everything, confidence means having an awareness of what needs to be done and being able to do it well enough in a way you wouldn’t feel overwhelmed or discouraged by failure. This can be difficult if you lack confidence, and so we’re going to look at how you can build it.
What are the best ways to increase your confidence? There are many options, but here are five ways to get started.
Start with an action plan
If you’re not sure where to start building your confidence, begin by making a list of what you would like to accomplish and how it could make life easier for you in the future. Be specific about when, where, or how often you will complete these tasks to get the best idea of what you need to do today.
Don’t feel overwhelmed by creating this action plan. The goal is to help you put pen to paper to create tangible steps that lead your way to confidence. this is important because you’re essentially creating a road map for yourself while making life a little bit easier.
Adopt an optimistic mindset
Another way build your confidence is by adopting a more positive mindset when it comes to life in general. This doesn’t mean ignoring difficult or sad moments, but rather learning how to look at them with less fear and hesitation so you can see the bigger picture of their ultimate role in life.
Once you are able to let go of that fear, your confidence will increase drastically because you’ll be less afraid to take risks or try something new. My honey always says, punch fear in the face! I love that and remind myself of that anytime I’m feeling it. It helps to visualize the word “fear” and witness it exploding into a million pieces upon punching it.
Do something for yourself to increase your confidence
Every time you accomplish one of your goals, do something nice for yourself. It can be as simple as ordering your favorite take out food or taking a long bath to unwind. Doing these things is important because it allows you to celebrate the small wins and gives your brain an extra boost of confidence in itself so when big tasks come up, you won’t feel intimidated by them.
We celebrate our friends and family when something goes well for them so, why wouldn’t we do the same for ourselves? It’s just as important for us as it is for them. This will allow you to take on bigger and better things in the future and tackle them with confidence.
Spend time with people who believe in you
Surrounding yourself with supportive friends or family members is a great way to boost your confidence because when they show faith in you, it’s easier for you to have faith in yourself too. For example, if you have a friend who is always telling you how much they believe in your writing or photography skills, it will give you the confidence to improve on those areas.
Surround yourself with people of all different types because everyone approaches life differently and can provide new insights that are useful for building self-confidence. They’ll also be more likely to lift you up when you feel like things aren’t serving you.
Stay away from people who make you feel bad about yourself
On the other hand, if someone in your life is constantly putting you down or making negative comments, it can be difficult to build confidence while they’re around. Having someone around you to challenge your thoughts is definitely helpful from time to time, but surrounding yourself with people who constantly don’t believe in you is flat out dangerous.
I’m sure you know someone like this or maybe even yourself. If so, it might be time to reevaluate the relationship and ask why they do that? Is there something else going on in their life that is causing them to put others down (e.g., lack of self-esteem)? Or maybe it’s time for you to reevaluate if they even have a place in your life because the only person who benefits from this type of negativity is them.
The more we surround ourselves with people who believe in us and lift us up, the easier it becomes to build our own self-confidence.
Take care of your body and health to increase you confidence
The way we feel starts with the food we eat. If you’re eating a lot of processed foods, it can lead to increased stress levels which will further impact your confidence as well as other areas in life such as relationships or work performance. When those things go down, so does our confidence.
Taking the time to make healthy meals for yourself and taking part in an exercise routine (if you’re not already) will help regulate your body chemistry so that everything is running smoothly inside. This directly impacts how you feel on the outside as well, including boosting your confidence! There is a direct connection between the food we eat and our mental health.
Summary – The 6 best ways to increase your confidence
If you want to increase your confidence, it doesn’t have to be hard. There are many different ways to go about doing it and some may be more suited for you than others. Trying out a few and seeing how they make you feel is the best way to determine what works best for your unique needs.