8 Ways To Boost Your Self-Confidence
Posted on November 14 2018
Did you know that self-confidence is a skill? Did you know you can teach yourself to be self-confident? If you’re wanting to boost your self-esteem, here are eight ways for you to take charge!
1. Smile More.
It might seem like a small thing, but smiling makes you appear both more confident and composed. The way you carry yourself says a lot about you and people will notice. Studies have also shown that smiling helps combat stress, making you feel more happier and relaxed.
2. Face Your Fears.
Do one thing every day that scares you. This may come as no surprise, but the only way to overcome a fear is to expose yourself to it. By doing something that scares you, you gain confidence from that experience. So step outside of your comfort zone. Even if it doesn’t work out the way you’d hoped, at least you can say you tried. That’s all that matters. Challenge yourself.
3. Learn To Say No.
It's okay to say no. Part of building your confidence is learning to set personal boundaries. Pick and choose your battles and don't spread yourself too thin.
4. Surround Yourself With Support.
There’s nothing worse than when you’re trying to improve your self-confidence and you've got that one person who constantly brings you down. It's important to surround yourself with people who will support every step of your journey, people who will encourage you and help motivate you in positive and healthy ways. Cut ties with toxic people and surround yourself with positive energy.
5. Help Someone.
When you help someone, you often forget about yourself and focus on what you can do to help the person in need. It makes you feel good to know you’ve made a difference in someone’s life, no matter how big or small the gesture. Instead of focusing on your own weaknesses, take the time to appreciate what you have. Kindness doesn't require a lot of effort and you could turn someone's day around without even realizing it.
6. Practice Affirmations.
Affirmations are positive and uplifting statements that we say to ourselves. They're typically more effective if you say them out loud. You are your own worst critic. Instead of focusing on what you don’t like about yourself, start thinking about your strengths and what you do like about yourself. Make it a part of your daily routine (i.e. the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning). Chris Dunn of entrepreneur.com says that in order to get your brain to accept positive statements more quickly, phrase your affirmations into questions. Instead of saying, “I am so good at making deals,” rephrase it to, “Why am I so good at making deals?”
7. Take the 100 Days of Rejection Challenge.
Jia Jiang became famous for recording his experience with the 100 Days of Rejection Challenge. The purpose behind this experiment was to desensitize himself to rejection by making outrageous requests to people. Rejection isn't easy and some can handle it better than others. If you want to face your fears and have fun while doing it, give this challenge a try.
8. Take Care of Yourself.
Self-care is important. In order to build your self-confidence, you must be balanced in all areas of your life. This means having good physical health, emotional health, and social health. Incorporate exercise into your daily routine, and improve your eating and sleeping habits. Take the time to put yourself first and look after your own needs.