If you weren’t taught self-confidence skills as a child, learning them as an adult can be even more challenging. We’ve already taught ourselves to believe we’re not good enough; learning a new frame of mind can be a challenge. But an important one to take on.
What is Self-Confidence?
A confident person usually does what they believe is right, even if it goes against what others say. They are willing to take risks, admit to their mistakes, learn from them, and keep moving forward. A confident person usually has an optimistic outlook on life, and they can accept compliments easily. According to Psychology Today, “Confidence gives you the skills and coping methods to handle setbacks and failure.”
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Tips to Improve Your Self-Confidence
These tips will help you to improve your self-confidence.
Recognize Your Abilities
It’s hard to build confidence if you think you can’t accomplish anything. Spend some time thinking about all that you’ve already achieved in your life. Make a list if that helps. Don’t leave anything else. You can keep a running list to add to every time you think of something else or do something you’re proud of.
Think About Your Strengths and Talents
We all have things we’re good at, things other people wish they could do as well as us. Make a list of all the things you do well and all of your inner strengths. You have a lot of abilities; you just need to remind yourself what they are.
Setting a goal, small or large, then taking steps to achieve it will help you see that you can do whatever you set your mind to and build your confidence. Start with a small goal and work your way up to a bigger one. Or make a list of goals, then attack them one at a time until you’ve completed your list.
Find a Hobby
Find something you’re passionate about and do it. It might be baking, knitting, photography, painting, or taking up a sport. Whatever it is, the more you do it, the better you’ll get at it and the more confident you’ll feel.
Build Yourself Up
Negative self-talk won’t get you too far, and in fact, it will hold you back. Say positive things to yourself to build your confidence. If you mess up, instead of calling yourself stupid, say, “at least I learned something from this.” You may find it helpful to make a list of positive affirmations and read them to yourself daily. If you choose to do this, saying them aloud
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