Self-confidence is the key to success in any area of life. It doesn't matter if you are trying to start a new business, land your dream job, or build better relationships; having self-confidence will help you get there.
But what if you're feeling low on confidence? What if your self-esteem has taken a hit? The good news is that with some time and effort, you can boost your self-confidence again!
Here are a few tips for how to increase your confidence level so that you can become more successful than you already are in your life.
Start by believing in yourself.
When was the last time you believed in yourself so much that you gave yourself a pep talk like you would to your best friend?
Let me ask you this: If you don't believe in yourself, how can you expect anyone else to? You have to start by telling yourself that you are capable of achieving your goals, and then the real secret is to actually do it.
One of the best ways to build self-confidence is by thinking positively about yourself. Stop putting yourself down or comparing yourself to others; start seeing your strengths and focus on what makes you unique.
I love this quote from the book, What To Say When You Talk To Yourself: "When you speak to yourself in a positive way, your brain reflects positivity into your life."
When you think positively, it changes the way you feel about yourself and this will show in your actions. You will start to take more risks and be more open to new opportunities.
Understand what confidence is and where it comes from.
Confidence doesn't come from your looks, your intelligence, or your possessions. It comes from within, and it's something that you can learn to cultivate. When you know what makes you confident and why you're confident, it becomes easier to feel that way more often than not.
Make a list of your accomplishments—write down everything you've done that makes you proud, no matter how big or small it may seem. When you see all of your successes in black and white, you'll start to recognize just how amazing and capable you are!
Set goals with a plan to achieve them.
"The moment you give up is the moment you let someone else win." — Kobe Bryant
Visualize yourself succeeding.
One of the best ways to increase your confidence is to visualize yourself succeeding. When you see yourself accomplishing your goals, it becomes easier to believe that you can do it.
Create a vision board with pictures or quotes that inspire you, and keep it somewhere you can see it every day. This will help you stay focused on your goals and remind you why you're keeping yourself disciplined and committed.
When we're hard on ourselves, it becomes difficult to feel confident. One of the best things you can do for yourself is to practice self-compassion.
Be gentle with yourself, accept your mistakes, and give yourself permission to be human.
"You are not your mistakes, you are not the negative things you have done, and you are not the hurt people have caused you. You are much more than that." —unknown
When you start to love and accept yourself for who you are, it becomes easier to build self-confidence.
Create a pick-me-up hack.
A hack that people don't realize is available to them is to tie an emotion to something such as a piece of jewelry.
Whenever I'm feeling down or need a confidence boost, I put on my Crowned jewelry, and it helps me to feel more powerful and in control.
You can create an "emotional anchor" for any emotion you want to feel more of: happiness, self-love, stability, etc.
The key is to find a specific event that has personal significance to you and makes you feel good. Once you're able to bring up that memory, the goal is to tie it to the jewelry piece; it will instantly remind you of your goal or desired emotion and help get you into that confident state of mind.
With these six confidence tips, you can work on building your self-esteem and start achieving all the things you want in life.
Practice them more often than not to keep your confidence going strong. Remember, it's always okay to make mistakes; just learn from them and move on.
What are some goals you have for yourself? How will you go about achieving them? I hope these tips help get you started!