Here are a few ways to improve and build your confidence. Confidence is not something that you can learn; it is not a set of rules; confidence is a state of mind. Positive thinking, practice, training, knowledge and talking to other people are all useful ways to help improve or boost your confidence levels. Confidence comes from feelings of well-being, acceptance of your body and mind (self-esteem) and belief in your ability, skills, and experience.
Low-confidence can be a result of many factors including fear of the unknown, criticism, being unhappy with personal appearance (self-esteem), feeling unprepared, poor time-management, lack of knowledge and previous failures. Confidence is not a static measure, our faith to perform roles and tasks can increase and decrease; some days we may feel more confident than others.
Here we provide practical advice about things that you can do to build your confidence. The two of them are not the same thing, although they are often linked. Confidence is the term we use to describe how we feel about our ability to perform roles, functions, and tasks. Self-esteem is how we feel about ourselves, the way we look, the way we think – whether or not we feel worthy or valued. People with low self-esteem often also suffer from generally low confidence, but people with healthy self-esteem can also have low confidence. It is also entirely possible for people with low self-esteem to be very confident in some areas.
Here are some ways to improve confidence, planning, and preparation are keys. People often feel less confident when they have to be in new or potentially stressful situations. What is know now is that planning and anticipation of the unknown becomes a big asset to confidence building. What to expect and how and why things are done always will add to your awareness. When that is the mindset, it will usually make you feel more prepared and ultimately more confident. Learning and gaining knowledge can sometimes make us feel less confident about our abilities to perform roles and tasks when this happens, we need to combine our knowledge with experience.
By doing something, we have learned a lot about why we put a theory to practice which develops confidence and adds to the learning and comprehension. Positive thought can be a very powerful way of improving confidence. Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing that you do without hope and trust will materialize for good. The basic rules of positive thinking are to highlight your strengths and successes and learn from your weaknesses and mistakes. It is a lot easier than it sounds, we often dwell on things that we are not happy with from our past – making them into bigger issues than they need to be. These negative thoughts can be very damaging to confidence and your ability to achieve goals.
People are attracted to confident people – confidence is one of the main characteristics of charisma. Speaking to and being around individuals who are confident will usually help you to feel more confident. Learn from others who are successful in fulfilling the tasks and goals that you wish to achieve – let their confidence rub off and connect with your dreams. When you do this, you become more confident, and then find that you can offer help and advice, and become a role-model for somebody less confident. As your confidence grows and you become successful, avoid feeling or acting superior to others.
Remember – nobody is perfect, there is always more that you can learn. Celebrate your strengths and successes and recognize your weaknesses and failures. Give others credit for their work – use compliments and praise sincerely. Be courteous and polite and show an interest in what others are doing, ask questions and get involved. Admit to your mistakes and be prepared to laugh at yourself!
Until the next time take good care, be and stay well.
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