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5 Ways to Boost Your Confidence

October 10, 2016

5 Ways to Boost Your Confidence

5 Ways to Boost Your Confidence

It's World Mental Health Day (10th October) and the focus is on mental health issues and how society views and treats people with mental health problems.  It is likely that we will all experience some form of mental health related problem in our lifetimes, either directly ourselves or in people we love and care for.  It's a big topic.

Many of us will suffer from a lack of confidence and feelings of low self-esteem that can lead to wider and deeper mental health problems in the future.  So here are 5 simple steps that, practiced daily, can boost confidence and self-worth.

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Self-confident people are admired by others and inspire confidence in others.  You may feel that they were born with it - but when asked most would say the same thing, they learned to be more assured.  Self-confidence is something that can be learned. Like any skill if practiced often enough, it can be mastered and become part of your daily life.  Really begin to practice daily, start now.  You will feel a bit odd at first, maybe feel like you are faking it, but eventually you will begin to feel the start of a growing self-confidence within you. Take time and practice (this is not an overnight phenomenon), to be the self-confident person, both inside and out, whom others aspire to and are inspired by.

1. Stay Away from Negativity

Who you hang around with matter A LOT!  The tough part is to seriously consider getting away from those individuals who put you down and shred your confidence. Even a temporary break from someone who is negative can make you thrive in your journey toward more self-confidence.

Be positive, even if you're not feeling it quite yet. Focus on solutions instead of the problems in your life and use that energy to make positive changes.

2. Change Your Body Language

The simple act of standing tall gives others the impression that you are a confident person. Smiling will not only make you feel better, but will reflect in how people around you respond and feel more comfortable.

Keep eye contact and speak slowly and clearly.  These are all signs of self-confidence, with the added bonus of actually being able to understand what you are saying.

Remember the saying - Get Up, Dress Up and Show Up. By showing yourself respect you are also showing respect to others.  Not only will this make you feel better about yourself, but others are more likely to perceive you as successful and self-confident as well.

A great tip: When you purchase a new outfit, practice wearing it at home first to get past any wardrobe malfunctions before heading out.

3. Never Give Up

Never give up. Never accept failure - remember every "failure' is a learning experience towards success. There is a solution to everything, so why would you want to throw in the towel?  Succeeding through great adversity is a huge confidence booster.

Low self-confidence is often caused by the negative thoughts running through our minds on an endless track. If you are constantly bashing yourself and saying you're not good enough, aren't attractive enough, aren't smart enough or athletic enough, and on and on, you are creating a self-fulfilling prophecy. You are becoming what you are preaching inside your head, and that's bad. The next time you hear that negativity in your head, switch it immediately to a positive affirmation and keep it up until it hits the calibre of a self-confidence boost.

The more you learn to love yourself, the more beautiful you become!

4. Be Prepared

Learn everything there is to know about your job, project, presentation - whatever is next on your "to conquer" list. If you are prepared, and have the knowledge to back it up, your self-confidence will soar.

5. Celebrate Your Successes 

Life is full of challenges and there are times when it's difficult to keep our self-confidence up. Sit down right now and make a list of all the things in your life that you are thankful for, and another list of all the things you have achieved, no matter how small.  Once your lists are complete, post them on your refrigerator door, on the wall by your desk, on your bathroom mirror--somewhere where you can easily be reminded of what an amazing life you have and what an amazing person you really are. If you feel your self-confidence dwindling, take a look at those lists and let yourself feel and be inspired all over again by you.

A big thank you to material from Peter Economy (The Leadership Guy) which I used in this blog - my own words would just not have done the article justice.





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