Building self-confidence is one of the building blocks of happiness, fulfillment in life, and overall wellbeing. In fact, it is a lack of confidence–characterized by self-doubt and insecurity–that often prevents people from becoming the best versions of themselves. Even if you think that you are pretty confident (truly, at your core), here are five things that you can do to improve confidence and self-esteem:
1. Learn Something New
Learning something new can be challenging and intimidating at first, but once you do it, you’ll experience a burst of pride in yourself. The more challenging the thing is to learn, the better you’ll feel about yourself after you do it. Indeed, learning new things should be a constant part of your life.
2. Take Care Of Yourself Physically
It can be hard to feel good about yourself if you’re not giving your body the TLC that it needs. In fact, there is a huge correlation between looking good and feeling good, and visa versa. When you prioritize your health, which includes exercising regularly, eating well, and managing levels of stress, you’ll have an increased sense of confidence.
3. Engage in Self-Affirmations
Affirmations can be powerful tools for improving your levels of self-confidence, and can even help you to be a more productive and successful person. Develop a number of uplifting, positive statements that you can say to yourself that reflect truths about the admirable aspects of your personality, or that motivate you to be the best version of yourself. For example, affirmations such as:
- Why am I an effective manager? I’m an effective manager because…
- I am in control of my emotions.
- I dictate my happiness.
- What three things do I bring to a relationship? I positively contribute to a relationship by x, y, z…
4. Challenge the Negative Thoughts You Have About Yourself
Most cases of lack of confidence are based on negative thinking that is biased. If you challenge this negative thinking and recognize it for what it is–negative, not realistic–you will have an easier time recognizing what is the truth. You can challenge your negative thinking by asking yourself what types of evidence exist for your thinking, how someone else would view the situation, and whether or not your negative feelings are based in opinions and emotions or facts.
5. Take Action to Reduce Stress Levels
One thing that may be eating into your confidence could be stress – when we’re feeling stressed, we have a harder time managing negative feelings, tend to sleep less, and overall feel and look worse. In order to build your confidence and improve your self-esteem, invest in some stress management techniques. Deep breathing, yoga, meditation, writing, exercise, and more can all be great ways to keep levels of stress under control.
Ready to Build Your Confidence?
If you want to learn more techniques for building your confidence, reach out to Nadia Khalil today. Nadia is an experienced life coach, teacher of love, and skilled motivator. You can schedule a one-on-one consultation by contacting her online today.