Confidence is key to many aspects of our existence. It is so crucial that the effect of its absence in our lives can be felt from many miles away.
In this article, I will be guiding you through six (6) tips on how to be more confident. Be sure to read to the end because I’m confident they will turn things around for you if you are a victim of self-doubt.
6 Tips On How To Be More Confident
When everything seems to be going wrong in your life, there are a few proven ways for you to take back control, and one of those ways is by learning how to be more confident in yourself.
Everything else comes to you naturally once you have developed that trust and belief in yourself.
Below is a breakdown of the actions you should consider taking immediately on your way to discovering your new self.
- Never Compare Yourself to Others
It’s easy to look down on yourself when you pay too much attention to the successes of your friends, colleagues, and even random people on social media.
That in itself isn’t wrong. The problem with it, however, is the high tendency of you sliding into self-doubt and limiting thoughts about your abilities if not properly handled.
Instead, focus on yourself and your immediate and future goals in life. Recount your past success and build strength from them to face upcoming challenges of life with full confidence.
2. Physical Health/ Fitness
It is no secret that the lack of confidence in many people has a lot to do with their body image. How fat or skinny they look, how small their butt is, or even how thin their biceps are.
You’re your own biggest critic, and as such, what you think of your body has a way of reflecting on your self-confidence. If improving any of those can help you feel better, by all means, go for it.
Exercise is a guaranteed way of improving bodily insecurities and solving your long-drawn battle with self-confidence. This is because it addresses the origin of the insecurity, no matter the cause.
Be it excessive body weight, irregular body shape, or even poor sexual performance, there’s an exercise regime for fixing each and pumping up your self-confidence in the process.
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3. Fake it till you make it
This is one of the ways to trick your mind into feeling confident amidst your insecurities, and is a very helpful hack that is guaranteed to bring you results in no time.
Most importantly though, it is a “quick fix” in emergencies like having to attend a critical job interview while low on confidence.
Here are a few ways to “fake” confidence until it becomes a part of you:
- Maintain eye contact: When holding conversations with people, looking at them straight in the eye is often a huge indicator of a confident individual. It doesn’t matter if it’s what you’re used to, just maintain direct eye contact as long as reasonably possible.
- Slow down: Yes, even if you’re a naturally fast speaker, taking your pace down a little bit when you’re down on confidence can be quite helpful. It not only helps you articulate your thoughts well but also in choosing the right words for the circumstance you find yourself in.
Speaking in a calm and coordinated manner and maintaining a reasonable eye contact with people gives you an aura of control and command – which is a trait for highly confident people.
4. Work on Your Looks
Whether you’ve realized it yet or not, your appearance plays a major role in the level of confidence you have in yourself.
If you’re a lady, identify the hair and makeup styles that look better on you and stick to them. If it bothers you so much that you look too young, adopt hair and makeup styles that will make you look more mature.
The same applies to men, wear a nice scented cologne and experiment to see what looks best on you. Your appearance is a very big deal and should be taken care of.
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5. Practice Positive Declarations
This is one of the most potent hacks on how to be more confident. Your religious beliefs are immaterial in this because it is far more scientific than it is religious.
Positive confessions help rewire your brain to start appreciating the good attributes and capabilities you possess as against focusing on the negatives alone.
Speak to yourself as you would a close friend. Tell yourself that you do not need validation from anyone else to know how amazing you look.
Reassure yourself that you can overcome whichever obstacle that comes your way, and that the failure was an extra motivation to do better next time.
Teach yourself to know that your mood does not and should never depend on other people’s opinions and that you are way stronger than you believe. Do these constantly and watch your confidence level skyrocket in no time.
Oftentimes, low confidence can be turned around by practicing all or some of the things we already discussed above.
In some circumstances, however, you may need the help of a professional behavioral therapist for quicker results. You should seek help when you find yourself:
- Convinced that everyone else is better than you.
- Prolonged lack of the energy to complete things you ordinarily should at home, work, school.
- Constantly feeling alone and lost
- Convinced beyond reasonable doubts that you don’t deserve the good things in life.
A good therapist will help you reverse the course of events over time. If you cannot afford a personal therapist, you should look around your local community for non-profit organizations that attend to cases like this.
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Having talked about the steps on how to be more confident, let’s now have a look at some of the things you stand to benefit from going through all those troubles.
Benefits of Being Confident
The benefits to being confident in yourself are endless so we’ll just list a few of them below:
- Sound mental health
- Improved energy levels
- More productivity
- A positive outlook on life
- Freedom to make decisions about your life
- Increased level of self-worth
- Increased chances of success
- Better self-image
- A healthier life, and many more
We have come to the end of our 5 points approach on how to be more confident. The best part of them all is that most would cost you nothing other than commitment.
Practice them, adopt them into your daily routine and take back control of affairs in your life with a renewed level of confidence.