It can seem that some people are just born with self-confidence. They ooze charisma and are self-assured in everything they do. If you feel you just aren’t one of those people, you are mistaken. Anyone can be confident in themselves if they have the will to see the beauty and value they bring to the world. It’s not always easy, however, and absolutely no one is confident in themselves 100% of the time (far from it), but you can improve your own sense of self-worth. To help you see yourself as you deserve to be seen, here are six inspiring ways to boost your self-confidence.
1. Identify the negative influences in your life
Sometimes we have negative influences in our lives which are a drain on our energy and confidence. This could be your job, a relationship, friends, or even family members. If you really feel that something or someone is bringing your confidence down, take a break from them or, if you feel it’s necessary, cut them out completely.
2. Invest in yourself with some pampering
Make sure you’re giving your body the care it needs from getting enough sleep, drinking water, eating well and getting some exercise. You’d be amazed how much a little self-care and pampering can change your outlook. Why not treat yourself to a haircut, buy a new outfit, handbag or new make-up? It may sound shallow, but taking pride in our appearance has a real impact on our inner confidence. If you are self-conscious about an aspect of your appearance which is bringing you down on a regular basis, investigate how you can take action such as visiting for anti-wrinkle treatment.
3. Emit positivity through your body language
Pull your shoulders back, maintain eye contact, smile, and speak clearly and you will give the perfect illusion of confidence, even if you don’t feel it. Others will perceive you to be confident and positive which often inspires relaxation and confidence in the people around you. Positive body language can speak a million words.
4. Ignore the negative thoughts
We all make mistakes from time to time, and we will all meet failure at some point, but the difference is how we choose to manage those setbacks. By finding the strength within yourself to pick yourself up and try again you will feel a great sense of achievement which will lead to increased self-confidence. If you hear negative voices in your head which tell you that you aren’t enough in some way, fight them with positive thinking until they’re gone.
5. Prepare for new challenges as much as you can
If you suffer from a lack of confidence in your career or are about to face a new challenge in your personal life, take time to prepare. Whether it’s practicing for a presentation at work, a physical challenge or a social event that you’re feeling uneasy about, do as much preparation as you can. When you know you have the necessary knowledge, skills or have considered all possible eventualities of a situation, there’s nothing the world can throw at you to stop you succeeding.
6. Make a list of everything you’re thankful for
When times get really tough, take some time to write down all the things that make you happy, proud, and thankful for. Keep this list somewhere prominent in your home so you can look at it when you feel your confidence fading again.