People who are confident about themselves tend to lead happier lives and are widely admired by other people. What makes them stand out is that they embrace who they are, they face their fears, and they take risks. Those who have self-confidence often view life in a positive light, unlike people who lack confidence and feel down about themselves and the world around them. Not everyone is confident. Every person undergoes different experiences and situations in life. If you happen to belong to that group and you lack self-esteem and that confidence, how do you uplift yourself? If you’re wondering how to gain self-confidence, know that you can do it, but that it’s not a transformation that happens overnight. It’s an important process, but it’ll take some work.
Self-confidence is not only for a few people. Every person can have it, and it’s something you can carry with yourself for the rest of your life. Just like any other skill, you have to practice and master it. When you’re confident, you’ll be surprised by the changes in your life and how they can help you.
Below are some easy-to-follow, useful tips for you to gain that valuable self-confidence.
Believe in yourself
Before anything else, what’s important is how you perceive yourself. You need to believe in yourself, what you can do, and what you can offer. A lot of people who don’t have self-confidence tend to have so many doubts about themselves. If you want to be really confident, you have to believe in yourself. If you don’t, who will? If you find this hard at first, acknowledge that not everyone will accept you, but that that doesn’t matter because you have accepted yourself.
Be more positive
Yes, it all starts with your thoughts. You’ve probably noticed among highly confident people that all of them exude a positive aura. This is also a technique that you have to master, even if you have to fake it at first. Stay away from negative things. Of course, this is not an easy thing to do, especially when there are a lot of negative events and emotions happening around you. But you can always choose your thoughts. If you’re surrounded by people who focus more on negativity, you should seriously consider spending less time around them. Not only do they affect your thoughts, but they can also negatively impact how you see yourself. Instead, focus on the brighter things. Even if you’re not feeling it, you have to concentrate on positive thoughts. Don’t linger on your problems. Set your mindset in such a way that even if you’re facing a lot of problems, you know you’ll get through them. If you catch yourself thinking a negative thought, immediately reframe it into something positive.
Never accept failure
One of the things that can greatly affect your confidence is your fear. When you let your fears get the best of you, this is where everything starts to fall apart. Often, this is also one of the reasons why so many people are unhappy. Do not accept failure. Acknowledge it, but do not accept it; make it a priority to learn from the mistake. Whatever it is that you do, do not ever give up and do not allow anyone to make you think or feel that you cannot do it. Keep in mind that, when you focus on winning and achieving your goals, they can be good sources of confidence.
Change your image
To be confident, you don’t really have to change who you are. But there are times when you might want to change your image and how you look. From your posture and smiling to how you relate to people, this is essential, especially if you want to gain self-confidence. If you don’t feel good about how you look, how can you feel confident? It’s never a bad thing to invest in what will make you look and feel good. Get a haircut, or buy yourself some fresh outfits. Start smiling at people when they catch your eye out in public. You don’t have to overhaul yourself, but a few small changes can really elevate your mood.
The way you speak is also one area you can work on. The tendency of a person who isn’t confident is to speak too fast. This makes it difficult for others to understand what you’re saying. Speak slowly and take time to say what it is you want to convey. Research shows that people who take time to speak actually feel more confident than those who don’t.
Be physically active
A lot of the time, the way you look physically can also affect your self-confidence. To be the best version of yourself, you should be more physically active; even if you’re not trying to lose weight, exercise boosts your endorphins, which make you feel happy and positive. Plus, you know you’re doing something good for your body. Not only does it boost your confidence level, but you can also achieve your health goals. Find that activity you enjoy the most. You can do it on your own or you can do it with friends. Seeing your fitness improve can also boost your confidence.
Meet new people
Meeting new people is one great way for you to be more confident about yourself. Have you ever experienced going to a place where you barely new anyone? Confident people can easily strike up a conversation with a stranger because they are approachable and know how to initiate a conversation. But if you don’t have enough confidence, the tendency is to stay in the corner. Never hesitate to meet new people. Talk to them, create new friendships, and build networks. Acknowledge that it might be awkward at first, but that every new conversation is a step in the right direction. When you’re comfortable with people, it’s easier for you to be more confident about yourself.
Attend social events
Isolation can be really dangerous. To master the skill of being confident, you can’t afford to just stay where you are. It helps to socialize and laugh. Attend social events. If your friend invites you to a party, even if you barely know anyone there, you should attend. It gives you the chance to meet other people and practice conversation skills.
Travel and explore new places
When you travel either alone or with your family and friends, you get to have new learning experiences. In fact, when you travel alone, you can learn so much about yourself, too. Why not try going to a new place and exploring it? Traveling can also be a good way for you to let your negativities out and feel rejuvenated. When you go to a place you’ve never been, you get to try out many things, and these can be your source of confidence.
Don’t compare yourself to other people
Some people have a habit of comparing themselves to others. Are they better looking? Are they more intelligent? Chances are high that, if you keep comparing yourself to other people, you end up feeling down and thinking that there’s something you’re missing or lacking. But the truth of the matter is that there’s no such thing as perfect. Everyone has imperfections. Everyone has his or her own struggles; you just can’t see them. Instead of wasting time comparing your life to other people, focus on yourself. Focus on what you have.
Remember that being confident is having the right attitude
Being confident is different from appearing too cocky or arrogant. You might have to “fake it ’til you make it” when it comes to your confidence, but be careful and know where to draw the line. Having the right attitude is essential if you want to gain that kind of confidence that draws people to you. Have the right attitude. Don’t be afraid to take risks and take initiative, but also don’t put people down to make yourself feel better. If you’re experiencing some setbacks, don’t be too harsh on yourself. In any situation, you should always believe in yourself and know that whatever happens, you can do it.
Whether you receive a small or a big blessing, you should always be thankful. Being grateful for all of your blessings gives positive thoughts and energy to your mind. When you’re happy and content with what you have, confidence also follows. Don’t feel insecure about something that you don’t have; you know that you have a lot of other things to offer, not just to your loved ones but also for other people.
Embrace who you are
Finally, you should embrace who you are. Many people try to change themselves just to fit in with a social circle. This is never a good thing. Don’t be afraid of showing who you really are as a person. Embrace everything about yourself. Of course, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you shouldn’t change for the better. Change is good. But you should never change for peer pressure or because you think other people won’t accept you. When you learn how to love and accept yourself, you can get the confidence that you need that also helps people accept you. Confidence is a great thing and it takes work, the right mindset, and a positive attitude. You’ve just taken the first step towards getting there.Find out how you improve your life