Self-Confidence 101

Self-confidence is such a valuable trait to possess. From it stems our belief in ourselves and our ability to act in various situations. Those who possess self-confidence have a strong faith in their skills and can take action and risks that often result in rewards. 

However, those who struggle with self-confidence often have trouble engaging with others, making decisions, and believing in their talents, skills, and knowledge. For some people, self-confidence seems to come naturally, but for others, it can be more of a challenge. Thankfully, self-confidence can be nurtured and built upon. 

Ways to Enhance Self-Confidence

  1. Positive Affirmations: Positive affirmations are a way to reinforce positive ideas about yourself and your abilities. By reciting various phrases, sentences, or words, you can increase your self-confidence over time at a subconscious level in a way that translates into conscious results. Implementing terms into your dialogue daily, such as “I am capable” or “I am confident”, can give you a more positive view of yourself and act out of that enhanced sense of confidence. 

  1. Track Success: Actively tracking and reviewing those things we have accomplished in any area of our lives can work wonders at boosting our self-confidence. When we can see what we have achieved and how we have succeeded, it reminds us of our abilities and encourages us to continue our efforts. A proven track record of success combats any negative beliefs or doubts about what you are capable of and propels you forward. 

  1. Do Something Purposeful: Accomplishing a task daily can build on the ritual of tracking accomplishments by helping you see just how capable you are. The task itself does not need to be the same each day but completing something each day (even if it’s small) helps to motivate and encourage you. Consider tasks such as doing one chore daily, playing a game on your phone, or completing a crossword puzzle. These small and relatively quick tasks can be done with confidence daily to boost your spirit.

  1. Surround Yourself with Positive People: The people we surround ourselves with can significantly influence levels of self-confidence. Positive people can often uplift and encourage us when feeling down or doubting ourselves. Others can see things in us (traits, characteristics, and abilities) that we can sometimes overlook. We gain confidence in ourselves by reminding ourselves of those things and encouraging ourselves. Also, being reminded that we are loved and cared for can boost our spirits and make us feel more confident overall. 

  1. Stop Comparison: Research has shown that individuals who engage in comparison experience envy, contributing to a diminished sense of self-confidence. Looking at another person’s life, accomplishments, skills, or talents can make your own life or skills seem insignificant and not worth celebrating. Thus, focusing on yourself and taking your eyes off others allows you to see the value and meaning and talent and skills you have, separate from anyone else. 

  1. Self-Care: While it may not seem directly connected, taking the time to care for your mind and body can help with self-confidence. Engaging in activities such as eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly, and watching for your mental health promotes a physical and mental state that supports self-confidence. 

When you physically and mentally feel well, you are more likely to see and embrace your value than when you’re not in a good physical or mental state. Therefore, prioritising your mental and physical wellness becomes essential to establishing a solid sense of self-confidence. 

Self-confidence is something that can be cultivated with purposeful action and meaningful intention. Even if you find yourself struggling presently, you can improve over time. By implementing the rituals and practices mentioned above, you can significantly improve your confidence levels and find greater satisfaction and success.