Confidence is such a strong word, and confident people are always admired. They foster inspiration and tend to be risk-takers. Self-confident individuals face their fears head-on and know that whatever obstacles they face, they will always have the ability to get past them. They also tend to live an optimistic way of life, regardless of any problems that come their way. Most importantly, they are satisfied and feel content, and they have high respect for themselves.
How amazing would it be if you are that person—the ever so confident one? You can be one. It all boils down to your willingness to believe in yourself. Self-confidence, just like any other skill, can be learned, practiced, and mastered. Low self-esteem does not have to be a life sentence.
Self-confidence will not only make you feel good, but it will also help you to seize potential opportunities, take a leap of faith in making big decisions in your life, or be more open to taking more chances.
So, how to be self-confident? It all starts from within. Remember, how do you expect others to believe in you when you yourself doubt your capabilities?
1. Uncover What Makes You Feel Confident
Triggers, what gives you confidence and a great feeling of self-acceptance? This approach is a bit too personal and could vary from one person to another. When it comes to self-confidence, one size does not fit all, what works for you may not work for the other person. What you need to do is to figure out what makes you feel confident—think of that moment or moments in your life when you feel confident the most. Think about what happened during those times.
What about those moments that made you feel so empowered and fearless? Was it something you were doing? Was it the environment you were at that time? Or, perhaps it was a feeling you had. The clearer you get into that stage and understand what triggered that confidence, the easier it will be to tap into it when necessary.
2. Create A Great List
During the tough times, when you think everything else is failing and falling apart, create a “great” list. Life is messy sometimes, it is full of challenges, frustrations, and trials, and sometimes, it’s so difficult to lift yourself up.
Take a quiet moment, sit down, and list down all the things in your life that you are grateful for, and another list for all the things you have accomplished that you were so proud of. Post these list on places where they are highly visible to you—refrigerator wall, bathroom mirror, or the wall on your desk. This will be a great reminder for you of how amazing life is and what an awesome person you are, despite all the challenges you encounter. Next time, you feel that your self-esteem is dwindling, look at these lists and be inspired and empowered all over again.
3. Start Journaling
Therapists have suggested how journal writing can help people with mental illness. Arguably, it is also a powerful tool for self-growth and self-confidence. Journaling encourages you to write freely and openly—no hesitations, without judgment, and in all honesty. By being open and free, you are unearthing the real you—what makes you feel upset and what excites you.
Growth journals are also a great place, not just to dump your inner thoughts and feelings but also to stay focused on your vision and celebration of life. By being able to write all these down on paper and having something to look at from time to time, you will be able to gain self-confidence.
Confidence starts from being who you really are—your choices. You choose to be confident, you choose to be happy, you choose to be powerful. Believe that you can do all things possible and achieve greatness.
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