16 Effective Ways to Boost Your Self-Confidence

Pursuing your dreams can be quite hard with low self-confidence. The good news is there’s a lot you can try that can help you boost your self-confidence. Below is a list of things to try that can boost your self-confidence

1. Visualize yourself as a confident person 
Our outer world is a reflection of our inner world, so however you think about yourself, is who you truly are. Being able to visualize yourself as a confident person means, to be able to see yourself taking action, confidently, and achieving your goals.

2. Practice affirmations
Repeating to yourself that you’re confident over and over again, even when you don’t believe it, can make those affirmations sink into your subconscious mind and become your reality.
The right way to use affirmation is to make them into question, so instead of saying « I’m so confident », you should say « Why am I so confident ? », this way, you’ll brian will start looking for answers without analyzing whether the question is valid or not.

3. Be aware of your limiting beliefs 

Your worst enemy isn’t other people or your life’s circumstances, it’s actually, your thoughts, the limiting ones. They say, you have no limits but the ones you set for yourself. Those limits are the excuses you tell yourself as to why you’re not confident. It might be a past experience, like being bullied, but then look at those who are successful and happy, they’re usually the ones that came from the darkest pasts.

4. Do something that scares you
The best way to boost your confidence is to face your fears and see for yourself that you, actually, can do it. Usually, a person starts building his confidence from an early age, the more accomplishments he accumulates, however small they can be, the more confident he grows.

5. Focus on your accomplishments
A corollary of the item above, reminding yourself of the things you’ve been able to do, is a great motivation to do something bigger. Because, oftentimes, we tend to focus on our one failure and forget about the other dozen successes we’ve made.

6. Make a change in your habits
This goes hand-in-hand with the above item, it might be quitting a small bad habit that doesn’t seem to affect your life that much, but still, you can make better use of the time this habit is occupying. It can also be starting a good habit, like waking up 10 minutes earlier, drinking more water or meditating.

7. Help others 

 “There is no small act of kindness. Every compassionate act makes large the world.” Mary Anne Radmacher

Helping someone is a great way to boost your confidence because you’ll be to see what difference you've made in someone else’s day.
Related: 6 Ways Helping Others Can Improve The Quality Of Your Life

8. Care for yourself
Caring for yourself is the best way to show self-love for yourself which boosts your self-esteem and confidence. Caring for yourself is a combination of physical and emotional health. A good exercise and healthy lifestyle can do wonders to your confidence level. And for an instant confidence boost, try wearing your best outfit, it’s amazing how much of a difference self-image can make in your self-confidence level. On the other hand, this doesn’t mean that you have to change your physical appearance in order to love yourself, a lot of people undergo surgeries, only to find themselves, as the initial excitement wears off, where they first started. And instead of working on their inner self-acceptance, they keep looking for something else to change. Don’t fall into that trap.

9. Learn to say « No »
It’s only healthy to say « No » to the things that aren’t going to serve you. Being able to decide for yourself, makes you feel in control of your life which, in turn, boosts your confidence.

10. Don’t compare yourself to others
Nothing can diminish your confidence as watching others and comparing yourself to them. Everyone is unique in his own way and looking at someone else whishing you’d become like him, makes you think less of yourself. 

11. Be prepared 
You’re much confident when you sit for an exam you’ve prepared well for, it’s the same for anything you want to do in life. Depending on the situation, doing your best to be prepared can definitely give your self-confidence a boost.

12. Speak slowly 
This trick can do wonders. Someone who isn't confident and who believes that he isn’t worth listening to will start speaking quickly. This why you need to remind yourself to speak slower, especially when you’re most tempted to start speaking quickly and get it done with. Fake it and you’ll start feeling your self-confidence increasing instantly.

13. Your posture matters  

Standing taller, not only gives the impression that you’re a confident person but most importantly, boosts your self-confidence. When you look confident from the outside, you become confident from the inside.

“Never bend your head. Always hold it high. Look the world straight in the face.” Helen Keller

14. Become more competent 
Increasing your competence and becoming good at what you’re doing, definitely, increases your self-confidence. To do that, you’ll need to learn more by reading more in your field and attending workshops and practice what you’ve learned.

15. Become solution-oriented
When you start focusing on solutions, instead of the problems, you become able to face any problem that comes into your path confidently, because you believe that you can always find a solution. A solution-oriented mindset is a learnable skill.

16. Smile
Smiling is the best investment of your energy. It, not only makes it easier for you to treat others kindly, but it also improves your self-confidence and inner peace.

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