Want to talk to that someone special but feel you’ll get tongue-tied?
Nerves sabotaging those important presentations and interviews?
Do you have trouble ordering coffee because all the eyes are on you?
Low self-confidence affects most of our lives at some time or other.
And left unchecked, it can trigger depression, anxiety and other mental health issues.
This is because low self-confidence leads to a negative ‘self-concept’ and places doubts on your abilities.
The good news is that you can change this state instantly by using some simple strategies.
Get UNSHAKABLE confidence with these 10 confidence boosters.
1. Dress Well; Smell Great
Schlepping around you local mall in ripped jeans and a faded T-shirt may be excusable for A-list celebrities.
But if you’re already suffering from low self-confidence, this is only likely to make you feel even more self-conscious.
Dressing well gives you an instant confidence boost. Especially if you’re out and about on your days off.
Complement your smart attire with a spritz of your favorite fragrance. This will also encourage a deep breathe which is deeply relaxing.
Rightly or wrongly, how we present ourselves to others greatly influences their perception of us.
Ensure that others receive you in a positive light and take the time to dress to impress!
2. Boot Out your Inner Critic
It is true that your inner critic can get things done that you normally won’t.
It helps you challenge yourself when you feel like giving up.
If that is all your inner critic is doing…then all is well.
If however, it’s dragging down your self-esteem, then it needs to go!
Look out for negative thoughts, such as calling yourself sloppy, incompetent, ugly etc. That kind of behavior is poison.
Worst of all. your inner critic is discreet. Learn to become aware of its presence and interrupt any destructive patterns of thinking.
Refocus your thoughts on the good in your life: your goals, achievements and all the things that make you happy.
Whether it is fishing or ballet, thinking good thoughts is one of the quickest and easiest confidence boosters.
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3. Be Grateful
This is another habit that you should be practicing every morning.
When you get up, try to think of things that are going well in your life.
Think of what you are grateful to have and whom fate has blessed you with.
Such confidence boosters help your mind adopt a positive and optimistic outlook on life.
Starting the day with such a mindset will mean that you will be able to deal with the challenges that you face later confidently.
Moreover, it will also make you happy, and studies have shown that happy people have more confidence.
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4. Write It Down
While you are thinking about things and people who you are grateful for, it’s also a good idea to document these thoughts.
When you do that, you will see how deeply they affect your life and how much closer you are to reaching your goals.
This, in turn, will help you feel more confident.
Complete the list and save it.
Then, paste it in your workspace. You’ll be able to see it daily and feel motivated to continue.
Taking deep breaths at different times of the day can very be therapeutic.
Try and find a peaceful place and sit down.
Make yourself comfortable and then focus on your breathing.
Breathe in deeply and exhale.
The idea is to let your mind see that you can control your thoughts and actions the way you can control your breathing.
The most important ingredient that makes up confidence happens to be control.
If you have it all under control, then you are more likely to feel confident.
6. Do What You Love Doing
Have you ever wondered why you have to work so hard to convince yourself to do some things?
It might be going to the gym or visiting a certain relative or meeting a particular friend.
No matter what it is, it feels as if you are pulling your nails one by one as you try to convince yourself to do it.
On the other hand, there are certain things that you never have to think twice about doing.
Whether it is reading, watching TV, or writing, you think of doing them and the next second, you are!
This is because the latter are things that you really love to do.
If you want to stay confident, then spend some time doing what you love.
7. Make your Bed
Okay, this seems like something off another list.
What does confidence have to do with making your bed anyway?
The task itself might be simple, but what it is doing is amazing!
It is helping you establish order and control in your sanctum sanctorum.
It is making your brain see that you have everything under control, which is why you will also be in control of your day.
8. List your Strengths
One of the most fun confidence boosters is making a list.
This list will be based on things that you consider to be your best qualities.
When you write them down, you will start seeing how real they are.
Don’t limit your creativity while you write though.
Draw pictures. Use colors. Make it uniquely you!
9. Get Into a Contract
When you wake up in the mornings, ready for another day, it is time to make a deal with yourself.
You can do this by writing down your goals for the day.
When you see them listed down, you will feel more committed to making them happen.
Start small, so you can build your confidence level as you achieve those goals.
For anything bigger, break it into smaller sized goals that you can manage.
Want to enhance the effectiveness of these confidence boosters?
Simply add the following actions to how you carry them out:
- Speak and move slowly and with purpose.
- Stand tall
These 9 confidence boosters are simple acts…with powerful consequence. Start today!
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