They’re excellent tools, but without self-confidence, all the motivational tools in the world won’t work.
If you don’t believe in yourself and believe that you can accomplish your ideas and attain what have on your vision board, you won’t go through the necessary actions in order to change your life.
Here are Five Strategies for Building Self-Confidence
1.Focus on Your Accomplishments
2.Build a Strong Support System
4.Complete Short-term Goals
5.Celebrate Being You
1. Focus on Accomplishments
Everyone has something that they are proud of. Each day you can choose to focus on the things that you did right today, rather than the things that didn’t go so well. Don’t minimize your accomplishments, either. What may be small to you may be very huge to someone who has been struggling with that very thing.
Don’t dwell on your failures or the things that didn’t get crossed off your todo list. What items (no matter how small) did you accomplish today?
Did you complete one of your MITs (Most Important Tasks) today? If so, give yourself a high-five that you were able to do that one important task today. Ignore the 100 other things that didn’t get done and give yourself a break. You’re only human and you tried your best today.
Give yourself pep talks throughout the day and believe that you are someone to be proud of. You’re someone who has accomplished a lot in their lives so far and will do so again.
2. Build a Strong Support System
It’s very important to surround yourself with people who are there to support you when you’re not feeling confident. These people can remind you terrific you really are.
We all have that little voice in our heads that tell us that we’re not good enough, that other people are better than us, and that we don’t deserve our success. No matter how many times we tell that voice to shut up, it can be very draining to be the only person who believes in us. The more cheerleaders you have in your life, the better you’ll feel about yourself. It’s always great to have people who can help support us when we’re feeling down and when we need a confidence boost. Just remember to be there for them, too.
3. Be Grateful
We all think that our circumstances are unique to us. We tell ourselves that no one knows the struggles that we’re going through and that no one can understand how hard we have it. Well, believe me when I say that no matter how bad your circumstances may be, there’s someone out there who has it worse than you. Look around at your community and what’s happening around the world. There are a lot of people who have it much worse than you. Knowing this can put your struggles into perspective.
Your problems will pale in comparison when you are grateful for what you do have in your life. You have a lot of skills and enjoy benefits that many people in the world would give anything to have.
4. Complete Short-term Goals
Building self-confidence doesn’t happen overnight. It takes time and is build one step at a time. Sometimes the steps are so small that you’re not even aware of them.
The best way to start building your self-confidence is to just decide on a task and then complete it. Everyday pick something that moves you forward to completing a project or the one thing that you need to accomplish today. Do that one thing each day and watch the stepping-stones to your self-confidence build upon each other.
5. Celebrate Being You
There’s no one on earth who is exactly like you. Celebrate that you are unique and that you deserve to honour yourself every week. Do something for yourself to celebrate the wonderful person who can accomplish what they want out of life.
Why should we only celebrate when we accomplish great big goals? We should be celebrating the journey as well as the destination! Schedule time to celebrate your small victories as well as your big ones.
These are just five strategies to build your self-confidence. What other strategies have you used to successfully build your own self-confidence? Share with us by leaving a comment below. Thanks!
Karen writes at A Meaningful Existence, a blog devoted to helping others put meaning into their existence through practical personal development strategies. You can subscribe to her RSS Feed and also find her on Twitter at @kruby.